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. ³In 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,² 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.