June 30, 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

Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Port
St. Lucie

Torrey Pines
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Three years after opening a $40-million research facility, Torrey Pines researchers are landing grants to work on everything from innovative cancer research to finding potentially new non-addictive treatments for acute and chronic pain. Among the
key awards:

» Lawrence Toll, director of neuropharmacology, received $1.86 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to further his research into brain peptide nociceptin, an opioid-related peptide involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain and drug addiction.

» Dmitriy Minod has received a three-year, $360,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health and the James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program to work on lung cancer research and therapy.

» Richard Houghten, founder, president and CEO, won a five-year, $2.34-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop a new methodology that may accelerate drug discovery in multiple therapeutic areas such as pain management.

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