Business Florida 2021 - The Regions
Broward • Indian River • Martin • Miami-Dade • Monroe • Palm Beach • St. Lucie
Making news in this sector:
• The University of Miami Health System’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is only the second Florida facility to be designated a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center (Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is the other one.). The designation gives Sylvester access to NCI trials, treatments and research grants. In other developments, Sylvester has signed an affiliation agreement with Jupiter Medical Center.
• The University of Miami Health System is expanding its clinical reach, bringing destination academic medical programs fueled by the research of the Miller School of Medicine to more South Florida communities. Currently underway is the construction of comprehensive clinics at Solé Mia, the 184-acre mixed-use development in North Miami, and in downtown Doral. These new centers will include multispecialty services, advanced imaging technology, infusion and radiation therapy and operating rooms for outpatient procedures.
• At UHealth/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is growing by 100 beds to house inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities for adult and pediatric patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
• Baptist Health South Florida, the region’s largest health system with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees and 4,000 physicians spanning Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties, has joined forces with Mayo Clinic on a clinical trial focused on increasing convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients. And coming this fall: the reopening of Baptist Health’s newly rebuilt/refurbished Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon in the Florida Keys, designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
• Nova Southeastern University is remaking the southwest portion of its main campus in Davie into an “Academical Village” anchored by a new HCA hospital. The 200-bed hospital, under construction on 7.5 acres where a shopping center once stood, is scheduled to open in 2021. The next phase — a 30-acre mixed-use project — will add 2.5 million square feet of retail, residential units, office and medical space and a hotel and conference center.
Companies engaged in medical research or providing services to the medical industry are finding homes and/or expanding.
• Cytonics, a Jupiter-based biotechnology company that develops osteoarthritis therapies, is expanding its research group in Plantation. The firm plans to use the $470,000 it raised from more than 300 investors in a 2019 crowd-funding campaign to fund pre-clinical trials of its CYT-108, a new drug that can be applied to damaged joints to slow and eventually halt the progression of arthritis.
• R&D-focused life sciences accelerator firm Beacon Pharmaceutical will construct a state-of-the-art sciences accelerator and biologics synthesis facility on nine acres in Jupiter. The planned 160,000-sq.-ft. company headquarters is expected to create 137 new jobs.
• MPLT Healthcare has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to a 23,000-sq.-ft. facility in Boca Raton. A national leader in health care staffing, MPLT will add 75 new jobs to its existing workforce of 56.
Fifteen Southeast Florida high schools were named among the top 200 nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s “2020 Best High Schools” rankings.
This region is also home to 16 institutions of higher education, including Florida Atlantic University, which has begun offering Florida’s first master’s degree in artificial intelligence and broke ground in 2020 on a 60,000-sq.-ft. neuroscience building at its Jupiter campus; Florida International University, where research expenditures totaled $226 million in 2019 and the goal is to reach $300 million by 2025; and University of Miami, logging $358.9 million in research and sponsored program expenditures in FY19.
Also located in this region: two state colleges — Miami Dade and Indian River — which shared the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence; Broward College, which is a finalist for that same prize in 2021; and The College of the Florida Keys, formerly known as Florida Keys Community College, which has begun offering bachelor’s degrees in nursing, hospitality and marine resource management and conservation.