Trustees Approve First 4 Partners For Cancer Center

Released on 03.24.2020

UCF’s Board of Trustees approved Tuesday the first four partners for a new university cancer center that will bring a new level of cancer care and research to Orlando’s growing Medical City.

Trustees approved four leases that will bring in $1.87 million a year in rent of the $2 million-a-year mortgage payment UCF is initially making on the center. College of Medicine leaders continue seeking other partners.

The first four tenants in the cancer center are:

The cancer center, in the former Sanford Burnham Prebys research facility, also has extensive wet lab space. UCF will use about half of the building for College of Medicine cancer researchers and other university scientists. With the first four leases approved, UCF and its partners can begin demolition and refurbishing to create a center where physicians treating cancer patients and scientists discovering new treatments will work under the same roof – all next door to UCF’s new hospital.

Dr. Deborah German, vice president for health affairs and founding dean of the UCF College of Medicine, told trustees the medical school is meeting with other potential partners who wish to rent space in the new cancer center. Those parties will provide additional revenues– and additional programs to serve cancer patients and their families.

“This cancer center will serve our patients, our students and our scientists,” she said.

UCF purchased the Sanford Burnham Prebys institute after that facility announced it was closing. The university’s $50 million purchase – made in mortgage payments to Orange County over the next 30 years – reimburses some of the tax dollars used to lure Sanford Burnham to the community.



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