March 1, 2015

Florida Biotech

Florida research institutes are power players in biotech

The state's major researchers are getting comfortable and attracting millions in grant money.

Amy Keller | 2/27/2012

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Lake Nona (Orlando)

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The institute, which opened in 2009, is working with Takeda Pharmaceutical to find new ways to fight obesity and is collaborating with Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals to discover drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease and major psychiatric disorders. Last fall, it partnered with Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation to help advance drug discovery efforts. Meanwhile, researchers are making strides in understanding the mechanisms at work in obesity-related diabetes and its cardiovascular complications and finding new potential therapeutic treatments.


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