Home' Nonahood News : NONA 040116 Contents There’s a new home for health start-ups and entrepreneurs in Lake Nona
following the March 15th opening of the GuideWell UST Global Innovation
Center at Lake Nona. Creative thinkers, tinkerers and entrepreneurs often
need a place to build and test their ideas, but rarely can they find all the nec-
essary experts and resources housed in one city, let alone one location.
GuideWell Innovation, a sister company of Florida Blue and its parent
company GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, now offers that one-stop-
shop solution for entrepreneurs with their new 30,000-square-foot CoRE fa-
cility, which stands for Collaborative Resource Ecosystem. The new co-work-
ing space, which occupies the first floor of the new Medical City facility, offers
cutting-edge resources and tools required at each stage of the startup lifecy-
cle, from laboratory facilities and 3D printers to prototyping systems needed
to make research and health innovation a reality.
But in a market where even big ideas need an extra nudge to get them
into consumers’ hands, collaboration, connections and partnerships are im-
portant to a start-up’s development. To help bridge those gaps, GuideWell has
partnered with Edison National Medical, a Charlotte, N.C.-based company
that helps health care inventors and entrepreneurs connect with manufac-
turing and health care partners to bring their ideas to life, and then on to
market. Similarly, GuideWell partnered with health care technology services
company UST Global to provide health care information technology services.
These collaborative opportunities at GuideWell are an ideal fit as Medical
City and GuideWell itself continue to attract new companies and innovators
looking to make their mark on tomorrow’s health solutions. Innovators and
entrepreneurs start with an idea but need tools, time and relationships to
reach their potential. With the resources and partners available at Guide-
Well, the next wave of trend-setting medical devices, wearables and health
technologies are being developed right here in Lake Nona.
For more information, visit GuideWellCenteratLakeNona.com and
Lake Nona is always beaming with exciting developments and the past
few months have been no exception. So we sat down with Lake Nona Presi-
dent James “Jim” L. Zboril to talk about development updates, and a few
new projects on the horizon.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the future is bright in Lake Nona
and we’re primed for even more great projects in the months ahead.
One thing we’re really proud of is being named one of the country’s best-
selling master-planned communities by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO),
a preeminent real estate firm. While accolades are nice, it means more to us
that our community’s vision is succeeding. When we started Lake Nona we
wanted to develop a special, diverse place for people to call home, but to do
it in a unique, forward-looking way -- a focus on unique design incorporat-
ing health and wellness, robust community programming, diverse neighbor-
hoods, clusters of economic development, and support of the arts. It’s these
differentiators that add depth and culture to Lake Nona and serve as a model
for what a community can and should be.
News that recently got everyone talking was our announcement with the
Orlando City Soccer Club. Their new 23-acre training complex is planned to
open in Spring 2017 and will be another sporting landmark alongside the US-
TA’s 102-court National Campus, which is set to open by the end of this year.
Retail and restaurants will continue to open in what is proving to be a
vibrant local economy. But where we grow and how we grow is important.
We know you expect multiple shopping options, and new retail centers along
Narcoossee, including Lake Nona Landing and Vickrey Place, are bringing
new options to southeast Orlando, and there are more to come soon.
One area that is sure to grow over the next several years is the Lake Nona
Town Center. In addition to the recently announced Bosphorous Turkish Cui-
sine, we’re only days away from more exciting restaurant announcements
that will bring new choices and flavors to Lake Nona, including a new Tavis-
tock restaurant. Plans are also underway
for a second office building, followed by
a fast-tracked Phase II that will include
more shopping and entertainment op-
tions, including a movie theater. With
The Beacon already becoming a local
gathering point, these additions will
make our town center a true focal point
for the community.
And construction is underway for the
Lake Nona Institute’s Health & Wellness
Intelligent Home in Laureate Park. The
Intelligent Home will be an interactive
showcase for next-generation healthy
features, like advanced air and water
purification, circadian lighting systems
and other features designed to improve
health within our everyday spaces.
With all this growth, we have been planning infrastructure and roadway
expansions well in advance of development. The connection of Lake Nona
Boulevard to Boggy Creek Road opened earlier this year, providing quick and
easy access to Lake Nona and speeds up toll-free commutes to the airport.
Additionally, with growth along Narcoossee, we will be working with the City
to ensure intersections are improved with lights and turn lanes.
We appreciate all the input and enthusiasm from residents over the past
months. As you can see, we’re eager to continue to bring both forward-look-
ing, community-building projects and first-rate enhancements to the Lake
Nona quality of life.
Medical Innovations Come to Life at GuideWell
Lake Nona Update:
A Conversation with Lake Nona President James L. Zboril
19 APRIL 2016
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