Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any support for companies who want to relocate staff?
Yes. TCI has already helped our anchor members and their staff move here, and we're geared to do the same for you.

How does Florida’s talent pool compare to the rest of the USA?
Florida has the fourth-largest workforce in the USA and already has 15,000-plus people employed at research parks. The Florida Network of Research, Science and Technology aims to triple that number within the next 20 years. The population on Florida’s research coast now exceeds 550,000, and more than half of them live in Port St. Lucie. More than 15 million people live within 150 miles of the town.

What resources can be found at TCI?
Our facilities are expanding all the time and are augmented by nearby research centers. On site, our members have developed over 200,000 square feet of R&D buildings. In all, TCI will be more than 2 million square feet.

Martin Health System further extends our reach to 300 hospital beds, tended by 400 doctors and almost 3000 employees throughout Florida. TCI is also home to in vivo imaging and BSL-3 containment high-throughput screening platforms, plus core labs for imaging, proteomics, flow cytometry, genomics and bioinformatics.

What equipment is at TCI?
Our members have access to:

  • Prep LC-8A with autosampler and multiple fraction collectors
  • 3200 QTRAP with nano and micro LC
  • Discover microwave
  • ESI LCMS systems
  • Analytical HPLC systems
  • HPLC systems
  • Diode array scanning-UV spectrophotometer
  • Glove boxes
  • Lyophilizers
  • Nucleofector II
  • Fluorescent microscope
  • Fluorescent/luminescent plate reader
  • Incubators
  • Scintillation counters
  • Automated comprehensive animal monitoring systems
  • Cryostat
  • Scanning fluorescence phase microscope
  • iQ5 real-time PCR
  • Flow cytometry – three BD LSR II, one BDFacsArray, two BD Aria II
  • Apple workstations with FacsDiva and FlowJo software
  • Primary analytic facilities containing two BD LSR II with HTS units and BD FACS
  • Illumina Genome Analyzer IIx
  • Illumina iSCAN
  • QlAcube
  • Bio-Rad Experion Automated Electrophoresis station
  • Nanodrop Spectrophotometers and Fluorospectrophotometer
  • Fluidigm

Who are some of the key people at TCI?
Leading staff at our anchor members include:

  • Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
    • Founder and President, Dr. Richard A. Houghten
    • Chemistry; Drs. Adel Nefzi and Marc Giulianotti
    • Biology and Pharmacology; Drs. Colette Dooley, Jay McLaughlin and Madepalli Lakshmana
    • Computation Chemistry; Drs. Jose Luis Medina-Franco, Lawrence Tall and Karina Martinez-Mayorga
  • Martin Health System
    • Stuart Oncology Associate at Martin Health System, Dr. Alpana Desai
    • Total Cancer Care Investigators, Drs. Sunil Gandhi and James Vopal
    • Investigator, Dr. Guillermo Abesada-Terk

What sorts of collaborative opportunities exist in and around TCI?
Our anchor members and their affiliates regularly collaborate, and, beyond the TCI, there is a strong local network of research institutions, including:

Which airports are closest to Port St. Lucie?

Nearby airports include:

  • St. Lucie County International Airport is in Fort Pierce, which is 14 miles from Port St. Lucie.
  • Palm Beach International Airport is in West Palm Beach/Palm Beach, which is 45 miles from Port St. Lucie.
  • Orlando International Airport is 122 miles from Port St. Lucie via the Florida Turnpike and I-95.

What is the cost of housing in Port St. Lucie?
Housing in Port St. Lucie is almost 50% less expensive than the national average. The overall cost of living is 15% lower.

How many schools are there in the area?
School capacity is growing to accommodate the research coast’s expanding population. In acknowledgment of the region’s flourishing research community, the School Board of St. Lucie County has launched educational programs focused on science, technology and applied research. Several charter schools are also located in the area.

Here is a summary of the schools in Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas. Each district also maintains a range of specialty schools. You can link to their individual pages by clicking on the district names below.

  Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
St. Lucie County 19 3 6
Indian River County 13 4 3
Martin County 12 5 3
Okeechobee County 6 2 2

What is the status of Martin Health System’s certificate of need?
Martin Memorial Health Systems' certificate of need has been approved. Building construction began in March 2012.