NIH data dive: UF, UM, USF brought in more than new biotech institutes

Former Gov. Jeb Bush signs off on $310 million in state money for Scripps Florida. Photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post

Former Gov. Jeb Bush signs off on $310 million in state money for Scripps Florida. Photo by Chris Matula/The Palm Beach Post

Former Gov. Jeb Bush vowed that $1.5 billion in subsidies to biotech institutes would create a new life-sciences economy in Florida. More than a decade later, the jobs and startup companies he promised have yet to materialize.

Bush expected the new breed of biotech labs to bring National Institutes of Health grants into Florida. While Florida is grabbing a bigger share of the NIH pot, the majority of Florida’s NIH grants in 2016 landed at the University of Florida (which won $148 million), the University of Miami ($111 million) and the University of South Florida ($63 million) — all established long before Bush lured The Scripps Research Institute to Palm Beach County in 2003.

Just 9 percent of Florida’s NIH grants went to the seven nonprofits that received state subsidies through Bush’s program to reinvent Florida’s economy.

Click here for more analysis of the 2016 NIH data.

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