Palmetto Bay, Florida – Dr. Maurice Ferré, a prominent Florida business leader, entrepreneur, and co-founder of MAKO Surgical Corp., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Everglades Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades.
“I am extremely pleased to join the Everglades Foundation board which has become an important voice in Tallahassee and Washington advocating for America’s Everglades,” said Dr. Ferré. “As someone steeped in science, I am particularly impressed by the fact that the Foundation is a science-based organization that relies on independent research to achieve its goals.”
In 2004, Dr. Ferré became the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of MAKO, which developed innovative techniques for robotic orthopedic surgery. In 2011 Deloitte recognized MAKO as the fastest growing technology company in North America. In December 2013, the South Florida based robotic surgery manufacturer was sold to Stryker Corp. of Michigan, a Fortune 500 company, for $1.65 billion.
Prior to MAKO, Dr. Ferré founded Visualization Technology, Inc. in 1993, a medical device company for image-guided surgery, where he served as Chief Executive Officer until April 2002 when Visualization Technology was acquired by GE Healthcare.
In 2007, Dr. Ferré received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging companies in Florida .
Dr. Ferré received his Medical Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University. His grandfather, Jose A. Ferré, was an industrialist who built one of the largest cement/concrete companies in the United States. His great-uncle, Luis A. Ferré, was Governor of Puerto Rico. Dr. Ferre’s father, Maurice A. Ferré, served as Mayor of Miami for 12 years.
“We are enormously pleased to welcome Dr. Ferré to the Everglades Foundation Board of Directors,” said Carlos de la Cruz Jr., vice chairman of the board. “Dr. Ferré is an extraordinarily gifted physician/business entrepreneur who cares deeply about the future of America’s Everglades.”
About Florida’s Relationship with America’s Everglades
More than seven million people and millions of visitors depend on America’s Everglades for its daily drinking water supply. America’s Everglades is a World Heritage site and one of the most unique natural ecosystems. Florida’s agricultural, boating, tourism, real estate, recreational and commercial fishing industries all depend on a healthy Everglades ecosystem, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and contributing billions to our economy.
About the Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, science based organization that uses scientific research, education, legal, advocacy and communications teams to advance the cause of restoring and protecting America’s Everglades.
For more information please visit www.evergladesfoundation.org.
Brian E. Crowley