- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Leaders of a research organization that has been key to the growth of a medical research community in central Florida say the firm is now in talks with the governor’s office about having the University of Florida take over its Orlando facility.

Officials with Sanford Burnham Prebys said in a statement released Monday that having its Orlando campus incorporated into the University of Florida will allow jobs and research to be preserved at the Orlando campus if it pulls out of central Florida.

The statement says Sanford Burnham officials are optimistic government officials will see the benefits of their proposal.

The La Jolla, California-based medical research enterprise has received more than $350 million in economic incentives since 2006. The economic incentives package was championed by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

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