A Boost for ADE

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Wexford Science & Technology, LLC, a privately held real estate investment and development company, and the Urban Research Park CDE, LLC recently presented the Association for the Development of the Exceptional (ADE) with a $100,000 donation.

Wexford Science & Technology is the private developer building the first phase of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, along Northwest Seventh Avenue, in historic Overtown. ADE is a private, nonprofit agency that has been providing specialized services to adults with developmental disabilities in Miami-Dade County since 1976, including academic and vocational instruction and training in life and employability skills.

The UM Life Science & Technology Park is an important part of UM Innovation, the entity within the University responsible for technology development. The park will house companies that may work synergistically with UM faculty to advance discoveries from the research bench to the bedside to help people. It will provide facilities, infrastructure, and interdisciplinary opportunities to foster the development of life sciences, technology and biotechnology innovations.

Taking part in the check presentation, back row, from left: Keith Fletcher, director of the UM’s Butler Center for Service and Leadership; Sean Shea, ADE board member; Manuel Alonso-Poch, ADE board president; William Perry, ADE board member; David Karsh, senior staff director of communications and media relations for City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff; Juan Carlos Del Valle, UM director of Government Affairs; and Mike Llorente, chief of staff for City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez.

Front Row: Julio Robaina, State of Florida representative; Helena Del Monte, ADE executive director/CEO; and Misty Brown, chief of staff for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson.

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