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June 2, 2009

Medical Communities: La Jolla to Lake Nona

Filed under: Regional Centers — Doctor @ 11:16 am

The “Golden Triangle” of research facilities and biotech companies in San Diego took decades to evolve into a cluster that now employs an estimated 40,000 people with a $9.1 billion annual impact on the region’s economy.

Today, that region is home to 500 plus biomedical companies, including the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, which opened a new $85 million Florida laboratory in Orlando’s Lake Nona community on May 15, 2009.

If San Diego’s 40-year-old renowned life science cluster is a mature oak tree, then Orlando’s new 600-acre “medical city” in Lake Nona is a rapid-growth sapling on steroids.

Medical City in Orlando

Medical City in Orlando

New biotech and pharmaceutical companies are expected to sprout up around the medical facilities already planned or coming out of the ground at the Lake Nona community.  And new high speed trains will link the region to Tampa Bay.

The projected end-result: a vibrant new Central Florida research center employing more than 30,000 people with an $8 billion economic impact.

And officials aim to accomplish all this in a fraction of the time it took San Diego to build its life sciences cluster. (more…)

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