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Scripps Florida Campus Dedicated to Promoting Biomedical Science, Education, and Better Human Health

JUPITER, FL, March 9, 2007—The Scripps Research Institute today officially dedicated its Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter to "increasing human knowledge, advancing biomedical science, educating the researchers of the future, and improving the health of humanity."

At a ceremony before some 400 Scripps Florida employees and guests at the construction site on Florida Atlantic University's Jupiter campus, Scripps Research President Richard A. Lerner, MD, thanked the people and leaders of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida for their contribution toward the establishment of Scripps Florida.

"We are honored to have with us today to share in this celebration Palm Beach County Commission Chair Addie Greene, former Governor Jeb Bush, and Governor Charlie Crist," Lerner said. "Each has been instrumental in bringing Scripps Florida to where it is today and contributing to its future positive impact on the community, science, and human health."

Construction on the first phase of Scripps Florida-three buildings totaling 350,000 square feet of laboratory and administrative space-is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2009. Some 200 researchers, technicians, and administrative staff are currently at work in two buildings and several trailers adjacent to the construction site. The buildings will be turned over to FAU when the new permanent facilities open.

After remarks from Commission Chair Greene, former Governor Bush, and Governor Crist, John J. Moores, chair of the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees, made the formal dedication.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, employees, and friends of The Scripps Research Institute, we dedicate the Scripps Florida campus to increasing human knowledge, advancing biomedical science, educating the researchers of the future, and improving the health of humanity," he said.

Marshall Criser, former chair of the Scripps Florida Funding Corporation that oversees the allocation of $310 million of state funding, was recognized for his steady leadership during the first three years of Scripps Florida's development.

The expansion of the Institute in Florida was originally announced by President Lerner and then Governor Bush in October 2003. Initial plans called for construction on a parcel of land made available by Palm Beach County in the western part of the county, but legal and other issues caused the county to decide a year ago to situate the facilities on 40 acres of the FAU campus and ultimately on an adjacent 100-acre property.

Scripps Florida, which will employ a minimum of 545 staff by the end of its state funding, is focused on the discovery of new drugs to treat such conditions as Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, and a variety of autoimmune and infectious diseases. It uses the latest cutting-edge technologies to speed the drug discovery and development process.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations, at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its discoveries in immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel. Scripps Research is headquartered in La Jolla, California. It also includes Scripps Florida, whose researchers focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Currently operating from temporary facilities in Jupiter, Scripps Florida will move to its permanent campus in 2009.

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