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Health tech innovators join ABHI for Florida trade mission




This week sees 30 of the UK’s leading HealthTech pioneers head to Florida for a week-long mission to promote the strengths of UK HealthTech stateside.

The visit marks the Association for British HealthTech Industries’ (ABHI) first major trade mission to the state and builds on the successes of recent visits to Texas, California and Tennessee, organised as part of its flagship US Accelerator programme to promote the best of the UK abroad.

The UK delegation will showcase the excellence of the UK’s HealthTech industry and highlight the strength of British innovation – seeking to strengthen trade ties between the two regions.

Florida is home to the US’s second-largest medical device manufacturing industry, second-largest pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry and the fifth-largest biotech R&D industry.

A growing workforce and vibrant universities and research facilities make the region an ideal ecosystem for life science companies.

Paul Benton, Managing Director, International, ABHI, said:

“We look forward to bringing over 30 of some of the UK’s leading HealthTech innovators as part of our first major trade mission to this buddling life science powerhouse, to support their business growth strategy.”

Throughout its week-long mission, the ABHI will introduce members to the leaders from across this dynamic life sciences ecosystem, including hospital systems, accelerators, business chambers and professional service companies.

The visit will enable members to explore the strengths Florida boasts in the sector while fostering partnerships and providing them with advice and guidance to help build and de-risk their market access strategy.

As well as benefitting from the support and guidance of ABHI’s international team, the delegation will be able to capitalise on the expertise of a suite of NHS executives who are joining the mission.

Among them, Lord Prior of Brampton, the immediate past Chair of the NHS; James Davis, Chief Innovation Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Louise Jopling, Commercial Director, Eastern Academic Health Science Network, and many more.

Benton added:

“Florida boasts one of the nation’s top life sciences industries with world-class talent and a breadth of opportunities for research and collaboration.

“The area has a huge engagement level and are keen to work with UK life sciences companies.”

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