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Scripps Research to unveil Jupiter campus Thursday

By Lindsay Cohen email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) -- Six years. $200 million dollars in taxpayer money.

One major investment many hope will bring big returns.

"Certainly we'll see in the next five years," said Harry Orf, PhD, a scientist with the Scripps Research Institute.

The California-based biomedical research company will cut the ribbon on its Jupiter campus Thursday morning, officially opening its doors in Palm Beach County. The ceremony is expected to draw nearly 1,000 people, including Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

"We'll see a tremendous growth in the recruitment of scientists," Orf continued. "We plan to more than double in size in that time. Max Planck will be on the ground. They should add more than 100 scientists in the county. The ancillary growth will parallel that."

Already, about 300 Scripps staffers are working in Palm Beach County. The governor's office projects that Scripps Florida will help create 6,500 new jobs and generate than $1 billion dollars in Florida over the next 15 years, according to company figures.

Thursday's ceremony marks the start of three days of celebrations. Scripps will host a science symposium on Friday, that should bring out Nobel laureates. County school children are invited for science education activities Saturday.

Eventually, the institute hopes to offer tours to the public.

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