The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, headquartered in La Jolla, CA, dedicated its new Lake Nona campus in Orlando, FL, last fall. The $85 million building, which opened in April 2009, will employ more than 300 people. Florida attracted Sanford-Burnham in 2006 by offering a $350 million incentive package that included land, construction funds, and in-kind services.
The Lake Nona facility is part of a medical park that includes the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Orlando.
Researchers at Lake Nona will continue to carry out cutting-edge research that will complement areas established at Sanford-Burnham in La Jolla—cancer, infectious and inflammatory disease, aging and stem cells, and neuroscience. In addition, Lake Nona houses a new center for diabetes and obesity research that will cover cardiovascular disease, as well.