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Jeb Bush Visits Miami's new UM Life Science & Technology Park
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who promoted the growth of Florida’s biotech industry during his two terms in office, toured the University’s burgeoning Life Science & Technology Park last week, giving the project a thumbs up.
“The Life Science Park will be South Florida’s intersection for discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship,’’
Marcelo Radice, executive director of UM Innovation and of the park, said the University invited Bush to the development to witness the realization of his vision for the state. “The Life Science & Technology Park is the culmination of his vision to transform Florida’s economy through the sciences and technology, and UM is leading the way,” Radice said.
The first of five buildings planned for 8.8 acres at Northwest 7th Avenue and Northwest 20th Street is scheduled to open in June with 252,000 square feet of space. The University is leasing 80,000 square feet of that space from the project developer, Wexford Miami, LLC, for offices, labs and the Miller School’s tissue bank, the only university-operated tissue bank in the nation.
The building also will house the UM Innovation Center, designed with lab-ready suites and amenities for start-up companies, as well as an International Soft Landing Center for companies looking to establish business in the Americas.
Surrounded by six hospitals and fueled by the University’s advanced research, the Life Science Park will eventually encompass up to 2 million square feet, transforming one of the state’s most concentrated centers for health care activity into a global research mecca.
“South Florida is destined to become a world hub for emerging technologies and medical breakthroughs,’’
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