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What’s Happening in Florida?

and I don’t mean Katherine Harris.

You probably read about the new Scripps Institute that is to be built in south Florida in the may edition of Science Mag. Now it looks like many other biomedical institutes are going to open branches there. The newest one? Torrey Pines. From the San Diego Union Tribune:

Torrey Pines is the third life-sciences lab from La Jolla to expand into the Sunshine State. Local and state officials there, eager to build a life-sciences industry essentially from scratch, have promised the institutes a total of nearly $1 billion in money, land and other incentives.

Two weeks ago, the Burnham Institute announced a $310 million deal to open a lab in Orlando. In May, The Scripps Research Institute sealed a $510 million agreement to establish a campus in Jupiter, about 30 miles south of Port St. Lucie.

Torrey Pines is expected to receive $80.5 million in locally generated cash and land for its lab, plus a state grant of about $25 million, said Houghten and Port St. Lucie Mayor Bob Minsky.

Florida, bio-medical hub? I’m guessing that the new institutes won’t be studying stemcells.


  1. #1 coturnix
    September 6, 2006

    “Effects of hurricanes on….”

  2. #2 Abel Pharmboy
    September 6, 2006

    Alex, current troubles with Roman numerals notwithstanding, Florida has been very quietly rising fast on the national biomedical research scene.

    I wrote about this and other sciencethings Florida recently.

    Florida has long been one of the country’s underestimated scientific powerhouses. My hope is that these investments will bring in some younger, more educated, and less conservative minds to this great state.

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