Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; Research Drives Economic Growth of Florida's Diverse Economy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Point of View; Research Drives Economic Growth of Florida's Diverse Economy

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Byline: Gianrico Farrugia, Tushar Patel

Biomedical research is key to accelerating Florida's diverse economy - and it's a major component in statewide collaborations formed to promote the life sciences.

The forces of health care, academic medical centers, pharmaceuticals, business incubators and community groups are coming together in the Sunshine State to grow business and find innovative health solutions for people.

Alzheimer's disease has affected over 500,000 Floridians. The state has the second-highest cancer burden in America. These are two complex diseases waiting for scientific breakthroughs.

At Mayo Clinic, research is focused on finding solutions for such diseases.

TEAM SCIENCE

Collaborative team science is at the heart of Mayo Clinic's approach to finding answers and new treatments for complex diseases.

Some of the world's most celebrated medical advancements have been developed at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

For example, researchers discovered genetic causes of neurological diseases and genes involved in the development and spread of cancer.

Working side-by-side, Mayo physicians and scientists seek to take these discoveries and accelerate life-changing therapies, surgical procedures and technologies. Clinical trials allow for new discoveries to be directly used for patient care.

Patients at Mayo Clinic often are among the first to benefit from new therapies or innovative techniques through clinical trials. Because of research, over 1.3 million people came to Mayo Clinic for care in 2016, seeking medical answers they hadn't found elsewhere.

On Florida's campus, patients have come from all 50 states and more than 140 countries for treatment since the clinic opened in 1986.

We freely share our results.

In 2016, physicians and researchers published more than 800 manuscripts describing our findings and their application to human diseases.

Commercialization of new technologies and treatments allows these benefits to be widely disseminated, so that patients everywhere can benefit. …

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