Scripps Florida – a division of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), headquartered in La Jolla, California – is a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility located on 30 acres in Jupiter, Florida (Palm Beach County). An additional 70 acres are available for expansion on the large adjacent “Briger” tract of land in the city of Palm Beach Gardens.
Using the latest cutting-edge technologies, researchers at Scripps Florida focus on basic biomedical research and drug discovery. As of June 2012, 440 full-time faculty members, scientific, technical, and administrative staff work at the 350,000-square-foot campus, which is comprised of three state-of-the-art research buildings. By 2014, the campus is expected to house more than 60 faculty and 550 total staff.
The start-up costs of Scripps Florida were supported by a one-time $310 million appropriation of federal economic development funds by the Florida State Legislature in 2003. Palm Beach County provided an economic package that included funding for land and construction of temporary laboratories, the current permanent campus, and related costs. The institute's administration is extremely grateful to the State of Florida and County of Palm Beach for affording it the opportunity to expand operations here in Florida and help bolster the State’s standing as a scientific and economic leader in bioscience.
Much of the work at Scripps Florida is dedicated to basic biomedical research, a vital segment of medical research that seeks to decipher the most fundamental processes of life. Additionally, researchers at Scripps Florida are developing advanced technologies and applying these tools to the discovery of new therapeutic agents for a variety of devastating human diseases. Among others, these include: HIV/AIDS, cancer, depression, diabetes, hepatitis C, leishmaniasis (a tropical and sub-tropical parasitic disease), obesity, prion disease, Parkinson's disease, and diseases of learning and memory including Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism.
Currently, six basic academic departments of TSRI are represented at Scripps Florida – Cancer Biology, Chemistry, Infectious Diseases, Metabolism and Aging, Molecular Therapeutics, and Neuroscience. In addition, Scripps Florida is home to the Translational Research Institute, a collection of scientific centers employing cutting-edge technologies to speed development of new therapies and products, in essence, beginning the important process of “translating” breakthrough scientific discoveries into practical applications.