Research Institutes

Anchor Institutions

Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
The Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies (TPIMS) opened its East Coast headquarters at the Florida Center for Innovation (FCI) at Tradition in Port St. Lucie.
In late 2006, the La Jolla, California-based Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies announced they would make the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition the site of their new research center.

Their 108,000 square-foot complex, now open, houses $9 million in equipment and continues the work of the Institute in fields associated with a wide variety of major medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, Types 1 and 2 diabetes, pain, inflammation, AIDS and other infectious diseases, transplant rejection and rheumatoid arthritis. The new facility is seen as a significant economic generator for the area.

Visit the Web site at: www.tpims.org

Oregon Health & Science University Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute
The Oregon Health & Science University's Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute is coming to the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition.
This 130,000-square-foot addition to the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition was announced in January 2008. In the near term, VGTI Florida will operate out of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies complex while its own neighboring facility is constructed in the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition.

Established in March 2001, VGTI has assembled a multidisciplinary team of scientists to respond to increasingly serious infectious disease threats, including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases and infectious diseases of the elderly. Major priorities of VGTI faculty include vaccine development as well as the development of novel immune and gene therapy approaches. VGTI Florida expects to collaborate heavily with the Torrey Pines Institute, which has developed an extensive library of chemical compounds that will assist VGTI's scientific assays.

Visit the Web site at: www.ohsu.edu/vgti/

Mann Research Center
The Mann Research Center will offer space for lease including wet and dry labs in the new Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition in Port St. Lucie.

Announced in January 2008, this 22-acre multiple-tenant complex will feature 300,000 square feet of research and development space in a variety of configurations. These spaces will feature both wet and dry lab facilities, making them ideal for organizations ranging from start-ups to mid-size. Additionally, 100,000 square feet of medical office and 10,000 square feet of support retail will complete the six-building campus. Mann Research Center is a single-purpose LLC formed by noted biotech entrepreneur and philanthropist Alfred E. Mann to become a development partner in the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition. The Mann complex is marketed nationally by Jones Lang LaSalle to life sciences organizations and associated companies interested in the region's fast-growing biotech market.

Visit the Web site at: www.mannresearchcenter.com

Martin Health System
The new Martin Health System hospital, Tradition Medical Center is now open at the Florida Center for Innovation at Tradition in Port St. Lucie. This medical facility will support residents in the St. Lucie County area. This not-for-profit, community-based health care organization offers preventative, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer care, wellness and rehabilitation services. Martin Health received state approval in June 2007 to build an 80-bed hospital in Tradition, which will serve the western Port St. Lucie community. However, final approval to begin construction is still underway.

Committed to clinical trials, Martin Health continues to expand its capacity to collaborate with top researchers, helping to bring medical discoveries from the bench to the bedside - including a special focus on cancer research. Martin Health is affiliated with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, which sponsors hundreds of clinical trials to help develop safe and effective cancer treatments. In 2009, Martin Health intends to expand its clinical research to other disciplines, including infectious disease, neurology and cardiology. The vision for the future Martin Health hospital at FCI includes a dedicated phase 1 unit for conducting inpatient clinical trials in a variety of disciplines.

Visit the Web site at: www.mmhs.com

Regional Research Centers

Scripps Florida
Scripps Institute Florida is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates on Florida's Research Coast. Approximately 30 minutes south of Florida's Research Coast is Scripps Florida, an expansion of The Scripps Research Institute, the world's largest, private, non-profit biomedical research facility. Their new permanent East Coast facility in Jupiter opened in February of 2009.

A staff of 300 scientists, technicians and other employees have been brought here to pursue Scripps Florida's novel biomedical business plan. And their presence has already attracted to the region scores of additional scientists from around the world. Scripps Florida researchers are focused on several specific areas that include: cancer biology, chemistry, infectology, metabolism & aging, molecular & integrative neurosciences, molecular therapeutics and translational research institute.

The institute has so far produced two spin-off companies using discoveries made at Scripps. Their studies in biology and chemistry are aimed at producing breakthrough ideas that the institute can patent. It would license those breakthroughs to companies to turn them into new drugs or other practical medical advancements.

Scripps Florida and the planned location of Germany's Max Planck Institute on a neighboring site are expected to be key drivers of growth on Florida's Research Coast.

Visit www.scripps.edu/florida  

Max Planck Florida Institute
The Max Planck Florida Institute is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates on Florida's Research Coast. On November 23, 2007, the Max Planck Society gave its approval for the establishment of an institute in Florida. This would be only their fourth facility outside of Germany and their first center in the US. They chose to locate in the immediate vicinity of the Scripps Institute Florida and will begin temporary operations on the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU).

The Max Planck Florida Institute plans to direct its scientific activities on bioimaging, using the most advanced techniques for visualizing microscopic molecular processes. Bioimaging provides an indispensable opportunity to translate discoveries of basic research into clinical and patient-oriented application, improving health and creating wealth through a stronger biotechnology industry.

The Max Planck Society is linked to leading science worldwide and will make its network available to its partners in Florida.

Visit http://maxplanckflorida.org  

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates Florida's Research Coast. Occupying a 600-acre campus along the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce, Florida. Harbor Branch features some of the world's leading ocean science laboratories... and the world's most technologically advanced fleet of ocean-going research vessels and submersibles.

Year-round educational opportunities for advanced students in marine science are offered in partnership with Florida Atlantic University.

Both Harbor Branch and the nearby Smithsonian Marine Station are providing support for the Research Coast's new Center for Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, along with Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and bio-tech industries in South Florida.

Visit www.fau.edu/hboi  

Smithsonian Marine Station
The Smithsonian Marine Station is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates on Florida's Research Coast.
On the banks of the Indian River Lagoon in Ft. Pierce, the Smithsonian Marine Station specializes in marine biodiversity and the ecosystems of Florida. Research is conducted primarily by visiting scientists from the Smithsonian Institution as well as other leading institutions around the world. Both of these organizations are providing support for the Research Coast's new Center for Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, along with Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and bio-tech industries in South Florida.

The Smithsonian Marine Station and the nearby Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are both providing support for the Research Coast's new Center for Excellence in Biomedical and Marine Biotechnology, along with Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and bio-tech industries in South Florida.

Visit www.sms.si.edu  

U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Service
The USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates on Florida's Research Coast.
The USDA operates the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) as its chief scientific research agency to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day. Their work helps to ensure high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products, sustain an agricultural economy, and enhance the natural resource base and the environment.

Through an organization of 2,100 scientists and 6,000 other employees, ARS operates 100 research locations, a few of which are outside the U.S. The facility in Fort Pierce, Florida focuses on the development of rootstocks with greater tolerance to environmental stress, resistance to diseases and pests, and improved fruit quality.

The scientists of ARS frequently collaborate with research partners from universities, companies, other organizations and other countries.

Visit the Web site at: www.ars.usda.gov

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is a potential science research partner for any organization that locates on Florida's Research Coast.
The University of Florida operates the Indian River Research and Education Center as part of IFAS. Originally established in 1947 as a field laboratory, the facilities consisted of a small wooden house occupied by one scientist, surrounded by a 35-acre citrus grove owned by St. Lucie County. In the more than 60 years since, IRREC has grown to a 620-acre agricultural research and education facility recognized around the world for its citrus and vegetable research programs.

In the past 10 years, new research programs have lead to international recognition in more diverse areas, particularly focusing on environmental management. These include water quality issues (nutrients, heavy metals, pathogens, and pesticide toxicology), crop best management practices, utilization of waste byproducts as soil amendments, biocontrol of invasive plants and insects, ornamentals, and aquaculture.

IRREC personnel currently consist of 13 faculty, 28 support staff, as well as Post-docs, Visiting Scientists, and Graduate Assistants who conduct research and extension programs and/or teach graduate and undergraduate courses related to agriculture and natural resources.

Visit the Web site at: www.ifas.ufl.edu