The UF Connection

Innovation Square presents a number of unique opportunities, most importantly its location directly adjacent to the University of Florida. This co-location provides research professionals with unequaled access to research infrastructure and technology at the University of Florida, as well as the intellectual capital of the academic researchers.

The relationship between the two fosters increased innovation and productivity within the research and academic communities. It is this relationship, and the open exchange of ideas between the two, that offers opportunities beyond those found in a traditional research park setting.


The University of Florida is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive institutions of higher learning with more than 50,000 students. A top-tier research university, UF received $678 million in research awards, including $394 million of health-related research in 2009-2010, representing a significant portion of the state’s intellectual and economic commitment to biotechnology. UF’s sixteen colleges and more than one hundred research, service and education centers, bureaus, and institutes are mostly located on the 2,000-acre campus west of Innovation Square. The University of Florida has an overall impact of $8.76 billion on Florida each year and provides more than 106,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

Rankings and Recognitions

UF currently leads among public universities in the transfer of research discoveries to the marketplace. Royalty and licensing income exceeds $30 million annually and technologies developed at UF have led to the founding of more than 100 companies.

  • #1-ranked public university for transferring technology to the marketplace
  • #2 “Best Values in Public Colleges”, in Kiplinger’s (2010)
  • UF TechConnect clients have garnered over $500 million in private investment and created over 500 high tech jobs in the past seven years
  • Globally recognized in bioscience and technology research
  • Diversity of research generates 300+ invention disclosures a year
  • 100+ companies launched from UF research
  • $678 million in research awards (2009-2010)
  • University libraries form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida
  • UF is a platinum level LEED campus
  • UF received more than $619 million in research awards in 2010-11
  • UF has more than $750 million in new research facilities recently completed or under construction, including the Nanoscale Research Facility, the Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Biomedical Sciences Building and the Clinical and Translational Research Building
  • UF is a national leader in alternative energy research, with strong programs in ethanol production, and nuclear and solar energy
  • UF has strong research collaborations with Scripps Florida, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The UF astronomy department is a world leader in the development of sophisticated devices that are mounted on some of the world’s largest telescopes to detect new planets and other objects
  • UF is home to one of the world’s largest butterfly and moth collections, with more than 9 million specimens
  • UF’s McKnight Brain Institute is home to more than 300 faculty using some of the world’s most powerful MRI imaging systems and other state-of-the-art tools to better understand the human brain and nervous system
  • UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute is one of only 60 the National Institutes of Health is funding to speed the transformation of scientific discoveries into medical advances for patients
  • UF’s Institute on Aging is home to one of only ten Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers nationally and the leader of a $60 million study to determine whether physical activity can help older adults remain mobile
  • UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute is a national model for using interdisciplinary research methods to identify, prevent, and treat human, animal, and plant pathogens
  • Gatorade®, the world’s most popular sports drink, is just one of hundreds of commercial products resulting from UF research

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Research and Technology Transfer

Innovation Square offers technology-based companies an unprecedented opportunity to improve their existing products and create line extensions of current offerings by accessing and implementing the University of Florida's wealth of research and resources. Each year, more than 4,000 scientists and scholars at the university conduct nearly $700 million in research. Eighty biotechnology companies have emerged from UF research initiatives. University of Florida research has contributed extensively to nearly every field of endeavor. UF researchers have pioneered new therapies and better treatments in the fights against aging and disease.


UF Tech Connect

Also located at Innovation Square (and funded by the University of Florida and national Economic Development Administration) UF Tech Connect is an invaluable tool available to all businesses within Innovation Square, focused on supporting them in developing working capital for their core and emerging industries. It serves as a catalyst for new business creation by fostering relationships with the private sector as well as connecting entrepreneurs with investors.


UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities: No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (August 2010); No. 2 in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2010) and No. 3 in the Princeton Review Best Value Public Colleges (2011).

Easily recruit and retain employees from a deep local talent pool ranging from experienced lab assistants to graduates with MBAs and PHDs. In fact, job recruiters ranked UF ninth on the list of Top 25 places where corporations prefer to recruit new employees (2010). Gainesville is home to a highly educated, technical workforce; vibrant with new and innovative ways of thinking, to lead your organization through a constantly evolving marketplace.

Gainesville has been included in Forbes Magazine rankings for "The Smartest Cities in America", "Best Small Places: Educations Attainment", and "Best Places for Business and Careers". ranked Gainesville as the #8 "Most Well-Read Cities in America". Home to one of the nation’s leading public research universities, the University of Florida, and one the Southeast’s premier healthcare systems, Shands HealthCare, Gainesville offers some of the nation’s top academic institutions.

More than 39% of Gainesville residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree, 15% higher than the national average. Gainesville is home to more technology incubators per capita than any other city in the U.S., which has allowed UF to become the #1 public institution for bringing research breakthroughs to the marketplace. Some of our nation’s finest minds are learning in Gainesville, preparing to change the world.

Total Residential Population within 3 mile radius: 82,409

Total Residential Population within 15 minute drive radius: 169,191

Businesses at Innovation Square will have access to the following:

    • Planned development of an Innovation Square job board
    • UF Career Resource Center posting board (over 31,000 UF students have joined since inception)
    • UF Job Fairs (over 14,000 UF students attended the Career Fairs at UF last year, just a 5 minute walk from Infusion)
    • FloridaWorks job posting board

Employee Education

Ranked "#1 Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine, it is no surprise why your employees want to work in Gainesville, Florida. Employee education advancement opportunities through the University of Florida is a paramount advantage of working within Innovation Square.

  • Continuing education while working: with UF just 2 blocks from the building, many working professionals can continue their education through numerous certifications, Masters, MBA and PHD programs at one of the nation’s top ranked universities

Shands Healthcare and the University of Florida

Shands Healthcare, affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, is one of the premier health systems in the Southeast. It operates two academic medical centers (Shands at UF and Shands Jacksonville), four community hospitals, a network of outpatient rehabilitation centers and two home-health agencies. More than 1,500 UF-affiliated and community physicians offer essential care as well as advanced diagnostic and medical services to communities throughout north central and northeast Florida.

Shands at UF is a private, not-for-profit hospital that specializes in tertiary care of critical patients with more than 500 physicians representing 110 medical specialties. It has been nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report and draws patients from around the nation for specialized care in cancer and trauma care, transplantation and neurosurgery. UF physicians at Shands are also the official medical providers for NASA, serving as the medical support team for every launch and landing at the Kennedy Space Center.

In 2008, the University of Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, and Shands at UF formed a
partnership to develop world-class programs in cancer care, research, and prevention. The partnership has led to the opening
in 2009 of the 500,000 square foot Shands Cancer Hospital and Medical Center, the first hospital in the Southeast to be
awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification (LEED Gold) from the U.S. Green Building
Council. The partnership between the University of Florida and Shands at UF continues at the core of Innovation Square, located on
the former site of Shands AGH (est. Alachua General Hospital, 1928)

Why Choose Infusion Technology Center for your Office/Technology Space

  • Located in Gainesville’s high-density, centrally-located business district
  • Companies gain an impressive image boost for being associated with Innovation Square; increased customer perception and instant credibility
  • Urban setting in a highly visible, collaborative research center
  • 2 blocks from the heart of the UF campus
  • Walking distance to classrooms, research labs, libraries, faculty buildings and more
  • Brand new building with fully customizable wet lab, dry lab and office/admin space
  • State-of-the-art technical design for maximum energy efficiency
  • Specifically engineered for laboratory success; View Additional Building Specs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My business is not affiliated with UF. Am I eligible for space in Infusion at Innovation Square?
  • Yes. Though there are many benefits due to the close proximity to the UF campus, there is no requirement for businesses to be affiliated in any way with UF in order to lease or purchase space within the building. Technology developed within the building is not subject in any way to partnership with UF.
  • My business is currently located in a 5,000 sqft wet lab. We’d like to expand to 7,000 sqft now, 9,000 sqft in 3-5 years and 12,000 in 7-10 years. Can you accommodate our needs for growing space?
  • Yes. Infusion Technology Center at Innovation Square offers a unique Planned Growth Program where tenants can lease or buy commercial space at planned intervals. We then rent out a subsection of that space to a separate company on a lease term that allows the 1st tenant to consider expansion at a planned interval. This can be a great way to save, since moving and customizing another lab can be incredibly expensive and can be disruptive to your business. We can design a Planned Growth Program for your individual business needs. Contact us for more details.
  • We need 3,000 sqft of wet lab space, a conference room and 2,000 sqft of office space for administration. Is there multi-use space available?
  • Yes. We can customize the unit to your needs, including conference rooms, dry labs, wet labs, office/admin/support space, bathrooms, kitchens, break rooms, specialty air systems and much more.
  • Is it possible to purchase or lease an entire floor of the building?
  • Yes. We currently have several floors available which have not yet been subdivided for other tenants.

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