Orlando's medical cluster is a big step toward critical mass for the state's biotech initiative.
University of Florida Academic and Research Center (planned)
Cost: $61 million
Size: 100,000 square feet
Staff: 120, serving 200 students
Notable: The center will house a Comprehensive Drug Development Center, including a Ph.D. program; a College of Pharmacy that will move from Apopka; and 15 biomedical research laboratories.
M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Institute (opening this year)
Size: The institute will move to 30,000 square feet on the fifth floor of UCF’s Burnett School building (photo above), paying the university $2.5 million to occupy space for up to five years as
M. D. Anderson Orlando plans and builds a freestanding research facility at Medical City. The institute includes 25 researchers and could triple in size after the freestanding facility is constructed.