The Research Coast
By A Treasure Coast essay by Paul Janensch
Fort Pierce, FL – The Treasure Coast is becoming the Research Coast. And a major hub is the Florida Center for Innovation in Port St. Lucie's planned community of Tradition. Recently, ground was broken for VGTI's 42-million dollar lab. VGTI stands for Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Oregon Health & Science University. Scientists in the three story facility will develop vaccines and therapeutics to fight infectious diseases, certain forms of cancer and HIV-AIDS. The VGTI lab is being built next to the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, which has headquarters in California. Both VGTI and Torrey Pines were offered incentives by the state and Port St. Lucie to come here. Their neighbors on the campus of the Florida Center for Innovation will include the Mann Research Center for life sciences and a Martin Memorial Health Systems hospital. Nearby in St. Lucie County are the U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticultural Research lab, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the Smithsonian Marine Station. Down in Jupiter are Scripps research and the Max Planck Institute. By providing high-skill jobs and badly needed tax revenues, research is truly a treasure on the Treasure Coast. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.
Treasure Coast essayist Paul Janensch was a newspaper editor and taught journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.