Sector Portrait: Research & Innovation
Hot Spots for Research in Florida
University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park (Miami)
» The park will provide facilities, infrastructure and opportunities to foster the development of life sciences, technology and biotechnology innovations. It is being developed on a parcel assembled by the University of Miami, which has leased the land to a private company, Wexford Miami, a subsidiary of Wexford Science & Technology, a national research park developer. The park is adjacent to the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Wexford is nearing completion of the first building, a 252,000-sq.-ft. structure that will be occupied by UM's tissue bank, an innovation center, an intellectual property law firm, the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida and a medical diagnostic company, among others. The company's plans call for a cluster of five buildings totaling up to 2 million square feet.
Florida Innovation Hub at the University of Florida (Gainesville)
» The hub, which will occupy the former site of Alachua County Hospital, is being built with an $8.2-million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration and a $5-million commitment from the University of Florida. The first structure, a 48,000-sq.-ft. facility slated to be built just a few blocks from campus, will serve as a catalyst for creating startup companies based on technology developed at the university's laboratories. It is scheduled to open in October. A private developer has announced it will construct the second building, twice as large as the first, and plans to lure more established spinoffs. The hub will provide startup companies with office space, laboratories, conference rooms and other resources. It also will be home to the university's main commercialization entities: UF's Office of Technology Licensing and UF Tech Connect.
University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (Tampa)
» The 90,000-sq.-ft., $30-million center in downtown Tampa will be home for high-tech robots and a state-of-the-art simulation center, including a "virtual hospital." USF faculty surgeons will train others from around the country on how to perform robotic, computer-assisted and image-guided surgeries.
Nova Southeastern University Center for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility (Hollywood)
» NSU broke ground in March on a $30-million, 86,000-sq.-ft. building. The university is using a $15-million federal grant and its own matching funds to build the facility in Hollywood, near Port Everglades. When complete, the center will be the only research facility in the nation dedicated to coral reef ecosystem research. It will include space for offices and laboratories.
Medical City at Lake Nona (Orlando)
» Work is proceeding quickly on the 650-acre, $2-billion "medical city." One anchor, the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine, opened last year. The M.D. Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute Center has begun operating from rented lab space at the UCF college of medicine building. Meanwhile, construction continues on the $380-million Nemours Children's Hospital and the $665-million Veterans Affairs hospital, along with a V.A. medical simulation training center. Those facilities, scheduled to open in 2012, will join the already-operating Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. In addition, the University of Florida is building an academic and research center that will house a college of pharmacy doctorate program at Lake Nona. It expects to open in fall 2012.