New UF campus at Lake Nona enhances medical, economic impact in region, nation

Published: November 26 2012


A new University of Florida research and education center brings to the Orlando area vital research on new therapies and cures, increased opportunities for participation in clinical research and enhanced access to graduate pharmacy education. The UF Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona will officially open Nov. 30.

The $53 million, roughly 106,000-square-foot facility extends UF’s presence into the greater Orlando area through a variety of colleges, institutes and centers, including the UF College of Pharmacy, UF College of Medicine, UF Institute for Therapeutic Innovation, UF Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology, UF Institute on Aging and UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Friday, Nov. 30
1 p.m.: Media tours featuring faculty from various research and education programs
6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.: Grand opening ceremony kicks off with cocktail reception
7:15 p.m.-7:20 p.m.: Ribbon cutting
7:30 p.m.-7:50 p.m.: Remarks


  • Bernie Machen, president, University of Florida
  • Winfred M. Phillips, UF senior vice president and chief operating officer
  • Rasesh Thakkar, senior managing director, Tavistock
  • Dr. Daniel P. Kelly, scientific director, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona and professor, Diabetes and Obesity Research Center, Cardiovascular Pathobiology Program
  • Dr. David S. Guzick, UF senior vice president for health affairs and president, UF&Shands Health System

    7:50 p.m.-9 p.m.: Reception and building tours

WHERE: 6550 Sanger Road, Lake Nona, Florida

CONTACT: RSVP by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Melanie Ross at 352-273-5810 or