Scripps and UF working on deal that could bring more high-end jobs to South Florida

More jobs and biomedical opportunities could be coming to Palm Beach County as part of a potential partnership between Scripps Research and the University of Florida.

The two organizations announced they’re in preliminary discussions, which could bolster Scripps’ 30-acre campus in Jupiter. If the deal goes through, UF would integrate the research wing of its academic health center with the biomedical research company.

The university’s support could be a potential boon for Palm Beach County. Scripps Florida, which employs about 500 people at its 40 faculty-led laboratories in Jupiter, received $117 million in research funding last year, according to a joint news release. In the past year, UF received over $942 million in research expenditures.

That would likely mean more resources and jobs being added to the Jupiter campus. Details of the partnership are expected to be finalized over the next few months, the prospective partners announced.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner is in favor of the move, saying in a news release that the partnership would bring “tremendous value” and would help spur the county’s “economic, research and biomedical advancement.”

The California-based research company opened its Jupiter campus in 2009 after being recruited to the state in 2003 by former Gov. Jeb Bush. Palm Beach County and the state invested more than $600 million in taxpayer-backed incentives to bring Scripps Research to the area with the hopes of creating more jobs in biomedical technology.

The institute’s goal is to “understand disease and develop effective treatments,” with the faculty focusing on “chemistry, neuroscience, immunology and infectious disease, structural biology, and molecular medicine,” according to Scripps Florida’s website.

Scripps and the University of Florida said their research collaboration could include “cancer, drug discovery, immunology and infectious disease, neuroscience (including Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related disorders), and structural biology and molecular medicine.”

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