Tampa Bay: High Tech Hotbed
RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS & TECH TRANSFER
» Over the past decade, the University of South Florida has evolved into a research powerhouse. In 2012, USF researchers received more than $400 million in grants and contracts. The university was granted 98 patents and 52 commercialization/agreements that included 10 startups.
» The St. Petersburg branch of SRI International, a Silicon Valley-based research institute, is working on new technologies related to marine science and maritime/port security. The institute has recently received $1 million from the Helios Education Foundation to create a Center For Digital Learning in St. Petersburg, which aims to enhance student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
» Draper Laboratory, an MIT engineering spinoff, operates two research facilities in Tampa Bay. Scientists at the Draper Bioengineering Center at the University of South Florida are working on finding ways to combat malaria and creating post-blast, forensic methods to trace the source of dirty bombs, among other work. Draper also operates a facility in St. Petersburg that manufactures multichip modules, small electronic systems for sensors and communications.
» Moffitt Cancer Center is the only cancer center in the state with a National Cancer Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the fastest growing cancer centers in the United States. Recent startups spurred by Moffitt research include CvergenX, a molecular diagnostics company that is developing a signature for predicting response to radiation therapy; Modulation Therapeutics, which is developing drugs that target cancers that metastasize to bone marrow; Tampa Medical Innovations (Tami), a medical device company developing a clamp system for IV catheters that eliminates blood loss during IV insertion.
» Florida Polytechnic University is slated to open next year. A signature $134-million Innovation, Science and Technology building is under construction. The Lakeland school will consist of two colleges, offering six programs. Students in the College of Innovation and Technology can major in advanced technology, science or computer science and information technology. College of Engineering students can choose computer engineering, electrical engineering or industrial engineering.