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New research building takes shape for June grand opening

The Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building is the gateway to the University's Biomedical Discovery District. (Photo: Brady Willette)

Construction crews have been hard at work this spring as they put the finishing touches on the newest building in the university of Minnesota’s burgeoning Biomedical Discovery District.

The Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building encompasses 280,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space and will serve as the gateway to the Biomedical Discovery District, the result of a $292 million funding program approved by the state of Minnesota in 2008.

The new building features a large skylight in the lobby. (Photo: Brady Willette)

Together, the district’s five buildings will bring together more than 1,000 investigators and personnel in 700,000 square feet of space — larger than 12 football fields — to discover next-generation therapies for a number of medical conditions. the district is expected to attract up to $40 million in new annual research funding.

The cancer researchers housed in the new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building will study chemical biology with a focus on the role of chemical carcinogens in causing cancer. Others will build new models to find better cancer treatments. Heart researchers housed there will study cardiac regeneration and development, muscular dystrophy, congenital heart medicine, and genomics.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building is slated for June 14. Faculty members whose labs are moving to the new building will occupy the space beginning in July.

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