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Palm Beach County wants to establish a Max Planck Institute in Florida
Date:9/13/2007

The Max Planck Society received an offer to establish its first foreign institute in the US: On Sept. 11, Florida's Palm Beach County unanimously proposed the sum of $86.9 million for the next 10 years. In the coming weeks, it is expected that the State of Florida will contribute funds to complete the financing, and that specific negotiations on the establishment of an institute will take place.

The County's decision paved the way for the equally necessary approval by the State of Florida, which intends to boost the sum provided by the County to a total of $190 million. This would facilitate the creation of a Max Planck Institute in the life sciences on the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), in the immediate vicinity of the Scripps Research Institute.

"Yesterday's decision is a great compliment for the Max Planck Society. We are very pleased that the County Commissioners have demonstrated such great faith in us," said MPS President Gruss after the vote. With the recent addition of Scripps, and now perhaps also the Max Planck Society, the State of Florida aims to quickly gain a place in the premier league of the world's biotechnology hubs. The state hopes to attract yet further internationally renowned research institutes and biotech companies to its emerging biotechnology center. This would allow Florida to expand its basis of wealth and thus ensure its long-term economic success.

The Scripps Research Institute, internationally renowned in the field of biomedicine, opened its doors on the Florida Atlantic University campus just three years ago. The prospect of close cooperation on a shared campus with Scripps is the primary reason for the Max Planck Society's interest in Palm Beach County. "Scripps and Max Planck are a dream team for innovative basic research in biomedicine," says Gruss. The offer extended to the Max Planck Society is also supported by the local Florida Atlantic University (FAU). The FAU, the faste
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Contact: Dr. Bernd Wirsing
presse@gv.mpg.de
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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