The Power of Partnership

Within Lake Nona Medical City's life sciences “cluster of excellence" are leading research and academic institutions. These anchor partners are on the forefront of medical innovation, pioneering advances in clinical treatments, medical education and health care delivery.

Over the past seven years, billions of dollars and millions of square feet of clinical, institutional, laboratory construction and infrastructure have been completed or is in active construction in Lake Nona Medical City.

Lake Nona Medical City Partners

Lake Nona Medical City's anchor partners include some of the nation's top universities, hospitals and research institutions.

Nemours Children’s Hospital

Established by The Nemours Foundation, Nemours is one of the nation’s leading pediatric health networks. Since opening in October 2012, the Lake Nona facility has cared for children from 50 states and 53 countries.

  • Ranked 9th in the nation for NIH research funding among free-standing children’s hospitals, researchers at Nemours are tackling childhood cancers, medication safety, cardiac surgical outcomes, diabetes, asthma, genetic conditions, infant mortality and more

  • Staff features the only two fellowship-trained pediatric interventional radiologists in Florida

  • Houses the region’s only Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic

Investment: $380 million
Size: 630,000 SF
Staff: 1,433 employees (including 156 physicians)

Orlando VA Medical Center

Designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an “Emerging Center of Innovation,” the new facility provides comprehensive medical services, including 16 out-patient clinics, a 134-bed inpatient hospital, 120-bed Community Living Center and 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program Domiciliary.

  • Home to SimLEARN National Simulation Center, a hub for simulation-based training, one of Central Florida’s core industries

  • Serves the region’s 400,000 veterans, providing acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, multispecialty outpatient clinic, administrative and support services

  • Provides “telehealth” – using communications and information technologies to deliver health care

Investment: $665 million
Size: 1.2 million SF
Staff: 2,100 employees


Cancer patients soon will benefit from a one-stop research and treatment center through the new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center. The newly repurposed facility will become a comprehensive cancer research and treatment center.

The new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center will house cancer researchers, clinical trials and treatment for patients. It will be next door to UCF’s new hospital, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which is set to open by early 2021. The new center is adjacent to the UCF College of Medicine and Health Sciences Campus.

Size: 175,000 SF
Staff: To be determined


University of Florida Research & Academic Center

The facility focuses on research and patient care, particularly in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and brain disorders.

  • Home of UF’s College of Pharmacy: enrolls about 70 students annually in the four-year Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program

  • Also features: Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology, Center for Pharmacogenomics, Institute for Therapeutic Innovation, Institute of Aging, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Medication Therapy Management Communication and Care Center

Investment: $42 million
Size: 100,000 SF
Staff: 120 employees


With the vision of becoming the nation’s premier 21st century college of medicine, UCF is focused on: education for the future health care workforce; research in basic health and disease and patient-care systems; and delivery of high-quality and high-value care. 

  • 2015-16 total enrollment, including College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences: 3,456

  • Educational offerings include biomedical sciences (B.S., M.S. & Ph.D.), medical education (M.D.) and graduate medical education (residency)

  • Generated research in excess of $83 million

Investment: $166 million
Size: 497,000 SF
Staff/Faculty: 686