The Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute is nestled in the heart of a 204-acre research park in North Central Florida. Progress Park is located in the city of Alachua, twenty minutes northwest of the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus. We’re on U.S. 441, five minutes from I-75 exit 399. This location offers a reverse commute from UF traffic and ample free parking. More than 75 percent of the 1,100+ employees in the park work for a university-related company.
The international headquarters of RTI Surgical, UF’s most successful bioscience spinout company, anchors Progress Park. The park has expanded rapidly in recent years. In 2013, a Sid Martin Biotech grad was awarded a major Department of Defense contract to build a 145,000 sqft drug and vaccine development and manufacturing facility near the park. In 2012, the city approved development of 280 adjacent acres for a live-work-play site with biotech R&D and manufacturing. Santa Fe College recently built the Charles R. and Nancy V. Perry Emerging Technologies Center across the street from us, focusing on biotech workforce training with 2 and 4-year degree programs. The park is also home to UF’s Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB) which provides workforce education, training and translational research to support the growing biotechnology industry.
Wild and Scenic Florida
The 7,000-acre San Felasco Hammock Preserve state park is on our back porch! Its miles of trails attract hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders from all over the state. Crystal-clear coldwater springs like Ichetucknee Springs dot the region and offer pristine snorkeling, canoeing and tubing for adventurers. These amenities combine the small-town charm of Alachua with the intellectual and cultural qualities of Gainesville to offer an active lifestyle that attracts and retains a talented workforce.
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