February 8, 2023

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Central Florida's economic forecast for 2023

“Nationally in 2023, we expect the health care industry to grow faster than the overall economy, reflecting health care's continued expanding share of the nation's GDP. Interestingly, health care costs have not been growing as fast as other consumer staples such as food and gas. This is partially the result of health care prices being set in advance through federal and state programs and through contracting with private insurance payers. Health systems are under pressure through higher labor and supply costs. As a result of these cost pressures and other factors, expect to see additional health system consolidation across the state and nation.” Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

NanoRAD takes on germs with powerful new non-toxic anti-microbial disinfectant

Three-year-old Orlando-based Kismet Technologies has developed a patent-pending nanotechnology called NanoRAD that aims to revolutionize infection control for the health care sector and other industries. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2022

Award-winning filmmaker Todd Thompson produces movies he hopes will inspire, enlighten audiences

Todd Thompson knew at a young age that he wanted to make films. He caught the bug when he was about 8, when his father took him to see Star Wars. After that, he started experimenting with his grandfather's 8mm camera and making his own “homemade, independent” films using the money he earned cutting grass to buy film. “It would take me months because it was expensive for a little kid back then,” recalls Thompson. Read more »
Published on 11/25/2022

Orlando International Airport debuts its new $2.75-billion,15-gate terminal

Orlando International Airport debuted its new $2.75-billion, 15-gate terminal, which features a slew of technological touches. Among the highlights are: Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Non-profit created by children of doctors helps seniors stay connected with their physicians

The shift to telemedicine has been heralded as one of the silver livings of the COVID-19 crisis, but it hasn't been a simple shift for everyone, says Arjun Verma, a 2022 graduate of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. His parents are both doctors, and “many of their patients, especially elderly patients, didn't have access to the devices they needed to connect to their virtual health care appointments” during the pandemic, he says. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2022

NASA selects two UCF scientists to lead robotic exploration mission to the moon

INNOVATION Probing a Lunar Mystery NASA has selected two planetary scientists at the University of Central Florida — Kerri Donaldson Hanna and Adrienne Dove — to lead a 2026 robotic... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2022

Marc Koska, the inventor of single-use syringes, expands focus to prefilled injection devices

INNOVATION Moving the Needle The inventor of a single-use syringe turns his attention to prefilled injection devices. In the 1980s, Marc Koska invented a single-use syringe called the K1 that... Read more »
Published on 7/31/2022

Oviedo-based X-Batt found a way to recycle graphite from spent lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are a common power source for everything from laptops to cell phones and increasingly cars — but at the end of their useful lives, 95% of them end up landfills. Looking to change that, Oviedo-based X-Batt has found a way to recycle graphite from spent lithium-ion batteries to create new batteries. What's more, the graphite they recycle performs better than it worked in the original batteries. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2022

SpaceKids Global aims to steer kids into space careers

Sharon Hagle caught the space bug in 2007, when she and husband Marc took a zero-gravity flight at Kennedy Space Center to celebrate their wedding anniversary. A sales team from Virgin Galactic happened to be on the same flight and sold the Hagles on another experience — two tickets aboard one of Virgin's future suborbital space flights. Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

Port Canaveral's cruise business is charting a record pace

More than two years after the pandemic brought cruising to a standstill, the industry is making a comeback. Roughly 741,000 passengers sailed out of Port Canaveral on multi-day cruises during the last quarter of 2021, and the port is poised to break a 4.6 million passenger record set in 2019 if the post-pandemic trajectory holds, port officials say. Read more »
Published on 5/19/2022

Fairwinds Credit Union's COO forecasts more growth ahead

Fairwinds exec Phil Tischer looks ahead. Read more »
Published on 4/20/2022

The curtain rises on the newest additions at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando

SPOTLIGHT Curtain Rises on Arts Center Additions The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center has unveiled Steinmetz Hall, an “acoustically perfect” concert hall, and will debut Judson’s, a cabaret-style space, in... Read more »
Published on 4/11/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Gateway: Deep Space Launch Complex debuts at the Kennedy Space Center this month

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, a 50,000-sq.-ft. attraction showcasing the future of space exploration, will debut at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this month... Read more »
Published on 3/7/2022

Florida Power & Light and GE Digital open Microgrid Control Laboratory at UCF

Florida Power & Light and GE Digital opened the Microgrid Control Laboratory at the University of Central Florida... Read more »
Published on 2/21/2022

A snapshot of Florida

Industries across the state are reporting robust activity — some are surpassing pre-pandemic levels of growth. Read the full regional reports - Miami • Southeast • Southwest • Central •... Read more »
Published on 1/17/2022

Central Florida's economic forecast for 2022

“We have every confidence in Florida's role as the leading global enabler of a new space economy and aerospace industry. In 2022, we will continue to invest in new infrastructure throughout Florida's spaceport system, including the capability statewide to handle 100 launches a year and accommodate launch-on-demand and satellite-on-demand capacity..." Read more »
Published on 1/17/2022

Hospitals Around the State

Miami Hospital City Beds Top Executive Jackson Memorial Hospital Miami 1,550 Carlos Migoya Baptist Hospital of Miami Miami 838 Brian E. Keeley Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami Beach 672 Gino... Read more »
Published on 12/8/2021

Osceola County is near 'NeoCity' deal with South Korean semiconductor firm

Under an agreement approved in September, DSUS will purchase the land for $14.1 million and transform it into a 3.1 million-sq.-ft., development... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

Miami's CNB has opened a regional hq and launched BciCaptial in downtown Orlando

Headquartered in Miami, City National Bank of Florida is one of the largest banks in the state, with about $20 billion in assets... Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

NASA manager outlines the agency's goals for deep space

Jenny Lyons recalls watching a space shuttle launch on TV with her father when she was in high school and being puzzled by scenes from the launch control center. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2021

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center offers incisionless brain surgery to treat Parkinson's patients

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which opened earlier this year in Orlando's Medical City, offers incisionless brain surgery... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

Orlando cyber-security firm focuses on utilities and other government customers

Orlando entrepreneurs Alex Santos and Peter Kassabov have a knack for staying ahead of the curve. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

Daytona Beach startup Modularity Space hoping to redefine satellite industry

During Scott Weintraub's first semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University a few years back, a professor put a picture of space debris on the board. The image struck a nerve. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

Full Sail & Orlando Health collaborate on e-sports health research and care

Full Sail University opened the largest e-sports arena in the country, now a partnership with Orlando Health brings care to "the Fortress." Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

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Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum
Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum

The 26-foot-long dinosaur made history when it was first discovered in South Dakota in 2014. And it made history again in 2021 when it fetched a record $7.7 million at an auction in Paris, the most ever paid for ancient bones that weren’t a T. rex. The winning bid came from Tampa entrepreneur Sidd Pagidipati, chairperson of Ayon Capitol and Better Health Group. He is lending Big John to the museum for the next three years.

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