GuideWell Innovation Launches Collaborative Ecosystem to Accelerate Health Innovation

The GuideWell UST Global Innovation Center Opens

Pioneering Collaborative Resource Ecosystem (CoRE) anchored in new state-of-the-art GuideWell UST Innovation Center facility in Lake Nona Medical City
 
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City is the home to a pioneering “ecosystem,” a collaborative network connecting entrepreneurs, research and development experts, and health care leaders with innovative ideas, funding opportunities, and resources in order to develop the next generation of health solutions. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined GuideWell executives and other health care leaders in officially launching the GuideWell Innovation CoRE™ (Collaborative Resource Ecosystem) today.
 
“GuideWell is committed to improving the health care system. The collaborative ideas and solutions that will come out of the GuideWell Innovation CoRE will allow us to reshape health, and GuideWell will put its support behind fostering these new solutions,” said Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO of GuideWell. “We also will be working with early-stage health companies and helping incubate those companies while they are developing new technologies and solutions for health care.”

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GuideWell Innovation Center Groundbreaking at Lake Nona Medical City

GuideWell Innovation Center Groundbreaking at Lake Nona Medical City

GuideWell Innovation Center Groundbreaking at Lake Nona Medical City


GuideWell Innovation Center Groundbreaking at Lake Nona Medical City

On October 30th, over 100 local dignitaries and guests celebrated with Tavistock Development Company, Lake Nona and GuideWell at the groundbreaking of the GuideWell Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City. The 92,000-square-foot facility will be the first multi-tenant building in Central Florida designed specifically for life sciences, health and wellness innovation and technology companies. The Guidewell Innovation Center, scheduled to open in late 2015, will offer a robust mix of lab, clean room and office space in the high-tech facility near Sanford-Burnham Medical Research institute and UF Research and Academic Center.

The list of speakers at the groundbreaking event included Senator Bill Nelson; Mayor Buddy Dyer; Commissioner Jennifer Thompson; Dr. Dale Whitaker, Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs, UCF; Dr. David Norton, Vice President for Research, UF; Patrick Geraghty, Chairman and CEO, GuideWell and Florida Blue; and Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director, Tavistock Group.

GuideWell, a health solutions company focused on transforming heath care, will anchor the first of four buildings that will create a Lake Nona district for health and life science innovation and commercialization. "In an industry where sustainability requires us to find solutions that lower cost and improve the effectiveness of care, and where empowered consumers are demanding new solutions to manage their health, we envision the GuideWell Innovation Center to be a global epicenter for responding to these challenges," said Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO, GuideWell and Florida Blue. The GuideWell Innovation Center biotech incubator program will be jointly managed by University of Central Florida and University of Florida.

Lake Nona Unveils Florida Blue Innovation Center at Second Annual Lake Nona Impact Forum

Florida Blue Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City

Florida Blue Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City

Lake Nona Unveils Florida Blue Innovation Center at Second Annual Lake Nona Impact Forum
Florida Blue Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City

Earlier today at the second annual Lake Nona Impact Forum, Tavistock Group and Florida Blue announced the development of the Florida Blue Innovation Center at Lake Nona Medical City featuring the Florida Blue Collaborative Imagination Center.  The 92,000-square-foot, three-story building will feature both wet lab and office space. Tavistock anticipates groundbreaking for the Florida Blue Innovation Center in the first half of 2014, with a grand opening scheduled in 2015.

Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, said, “Florida Blue’s mission is to help people and communities achieve better health.  We see our Collaborative Imagination Center within the Florida Blue Innovation Center as the embodiment of the future of health care, and we look forward to utilizing the facility in ways to bring true innovative thought to life that will positively impact health.”  He added, “We can accomplish this by investing boldly in innovation and partnering with like-minded people and organizations who share our vision for imagining the future.  Lake Nona is a place we believe can do just that, and we are committed to helping to lead that charge here.”

Located in the heart of Lake Nona Medical City across from the University of Florida Research & Academic Center and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Florida Blue Innovation Center will establish a center of gravity for health and life sciences innovation, according to Dr. Thaddeus Seymour, Jr., President of the Lake Nona Institute and host of the 2013 Lake Nona Impact Forum.

“The Innovation Center marks an important stage in the development of the health and life sciences cluster at Lake Nona,” said Seymour.  “Anchored by Florida Blue, the building will provide Central Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with a new launch pad that will take advantage of the exceptional research, health care and technology capabilities available at Lake Nona.  The addition of much needed laboratory and incubation space will accelerate the formation and growth of the life sciences commercial sector of our economy, creating high quality new jobs and significant value creation for decades to come.”

Florida Blue will serve as the building’s anchor tenant with its Collaborative Imagination Center. Other tenants will include a 15,000 square-foot life sciences incubator to be managed by the University of Central Florida in partnership with the University of Florida. Funding for the initial planning and startup of the incubator has been provided by $2.5 million in state funding made possible through the efforts of Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando.  Tavistock is actively recruiting companies and organizations to occupy the remaining space of the Innovation Center, which is served by the same advanced technology infrastructure that has earned Lake Nona the “Iconic City” designation by Cisco. Once the first building is fully occupied, Tavistock will begin recruiting for the second of four planned adjacent innovation-focused buildings in the heart of Lake Nona Medical City.