Jackson Laboratory, USF in discussions with leaders in Hillsborough, Sarasota counties but remain interested in Collier County

Date: January 13, 2011
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Bar Harbor, Maine The Jackson Laboratory and the University of South Florida have begun preliminary discussions with community and business leaders in Hillsborough County and Sarasota County about alternative locations for the proposed Jackson Laboratory – Florida.  Jackson and USF officials indicated that their interest in a Collier County location remains strong.

Last week Jackson withdrew its application to Enterprise Florida for $50 million in state funds to build a facility in eastern Collier County so it could open a fresh round of discussions about the project with newly elected Gov. Rick Scott.

“We remain intensely interested in locating the facility in Collier County, and our partnership with USF Health is stronger than ever.” said Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., Jackson’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “However, other Florida communities may offer advantages for our new institute, and we are certainly open to discussions with them.”

“USF and The Jackson Laboratory are committed to building a program that will improve the health of Floridians and the world,” said Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, dean of the USF College of Medicine and senior vice president of USF Health. “We will consider any location that fulfills the interests of the program and the state.”

Jackson and USF have proposed to build a biomedical research facility that would combine Jackson’s expertise in cutting-edge genomics techniques and USF’s extensive capabilities in clinical medicine to explore new approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating the diseases that plague Floridians.

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The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the biomedical community.

USF Health is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida’s colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health; as well as the schools of biomedical sciences and physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. With more than $394.1 million in research grants and contracts in FY2009/2010, the University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community-engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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