Sanford Burnham director on future of Lake Nona institute, figuring out ‘our new business model’


When Layton Smith was asked about the fate of Sanford Burnham in Lake Nona during Orlando Business Journal’s Doing Business in Medical City event on April 13, it was a question he was all too familiar with.

“Believe it or not, I’ve actually answered this question almost every day for the last 24 months,” said Smith, director of drug discovery and pharmacology at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. “I don’t have any intent and I don’t have anyone on my team with intent to tuck our tail between our legs and scurry back to California when we know we’ve built an amazing operation and that operation is still functional — there’s no padlock on the door.”