Research and Development

The St. Lucie County Green Economy includes an important emphasis on research and development.  The County is home to several universities and research institutions working in the areas of bioscience, marine science and ocean engineering, agriculture and aquaculture, even technical innovation in digital production.

Torrey Pines in Port St. LucieTorrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies is dedicated to conducting research to advance the understanding of human disease and the improvement of human health.  Scientists conduct research in fields associated with major medical conditions including AIDS, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.

Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of the Oregon Health & Science University utilizes a multi-disciplinary team of scientists to respond to the increasingly serious infectious disease threats facing the world including AIDS, chronic viral infection-associated diseases, newly emerging viral diseases, and infectious diseases of the elderly.  Vaccine development, as well as development of novel immune and gene therapeutic approaches to these diseases are the major priorities of the institute.

Harbor BranchHarbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University has a vision that ocean science can create a better world for all.  Exploring depths up to 3000 feet, scientists study and unravel the ocean’s mysteries and identify unique organisms that are evaluated for their disease-fighting potential.

Closer to our coastline, the team focuses on deep and shallow coral reefs, sea grasses and marine mammals and how these communities are affected by human impacts. They work to find ways to protect such important assets as the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America.

On land, the aquaculture team works on new ways to farm seafood, and engineers support research and exploration missions developing innovative, custom-designed platforms, vehicles, tools and instruments.

Kight centerThe U.S. Department of Agriculture Horticultural Research Laboratory, housed at the Treasure Coast Research & Education Park, focuses on the science of improving citrus Cultivation, battling horticultural pests and developing solutions to fight diseases the kill crops.

The Smithsonian Marine Research Station focuses on south Florida’s unique marine ecosystems. Although known for the collection research and documentation of major groups of marine organisms in the Florida coastal zone, they also provide public education for all ages at their exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium.

The University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center, also located at the Treasure Coast Research & Education Park, is known internationally for cutting-edge research to develop and disseminate new scientific knowledge and technology related to commercial citrus and vegetable crops, ornamental crops, invasive plants and aquaculture.