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WHO:    Moffitt Cancer Center

WHAT: This groundbreaking and naming celebration for Speros FL will officially kick off construction of the 775-acre Pasco County campus to be used for the future of revolutionary cancer treatment and research. The campus will feature 16 million square feet of lab, office, manufacturing and clinical space.

The groundbreaking will honor Agricultural Commissioner and former Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson for his long-standing commitment to Moffitt’s mission and his legacy of supporting the growth of the scientific community for the benefit of all Floridians.

“You cannot separate cancer research and treatment from hope, which is the root of the name Speros FL and the driving force behind all that we do at Moffitt Cancer Center,” said Dr. Patrick Hwu, Moffitt president and CEO. “Our vision is to be the global epicenter for personalized oncology care and leading research that will revolutionize the way we prevent, find and treat cancer. We look forward to breaking ground on this innovative community and are proud to announce the name, which is an important step in this historic project.”

The name, Speros, is a derivative of the Latin verb “Sperare,” meaning “to hope” or “to look forward to” and was announced in December 2022.


14,000. Approximate number of Moffitt team members at project completion.

  1. Acres of the total 775 acres to be developed, allowing for environmental preservation.
  2. The number of buildings to be built on the site.

6+. Miles of new road construction for the entire project.

2023-2028: The years in which construction is planned to complete Phase 1A of the campus.

$1.6 billion: The estimated cost of Phase 1A.

$600 million: Total investment in Phase 1A by Moffitt, the state of Florida and Pasco County. (Including $200 million for research, $80 million for clinical, $70 million for proton therapy and $100 million for infrastructure)

$1 billion: Private sector investment for Phase 1A.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, ceremony begins

Media interviews available starting at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Speros FL, 16828 Ridge Road, Land O’Lakes, FL 34638. Parking is available along Ridge Road.

MORE INFO: Drone footage of the property is available here. Additional video and highlights are accessible here.


About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 53 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,800 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube