Florida dreams of becoming a biotechnology hub, a place where the brilliant and the investment-savvy will come to build the economy of the 21st century.

Eight years ago, Gov. Jeb Bush was asking legislators to invest $100 million to help Florida challenge the nation’s high-tech hot spots for future business in biotechnology and biomedical fields, and the push hasn’t stopped.

A report last week by the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) said the state has spent more than $1.5 billion on this effort. But it also said the state has little to show for it. The report said few companies have followed the big ones — Scripps Florida in Palm Beach County and Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in St. Lucie County.

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