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A centerpiece for the Biomedical Discovery District

View a slideshow of photos from the grand opening of the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building. (Photos: Scott Streble)

New research building opens its doors to the public

The University of Minnesota revealed another 280,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space on June 14 at a grand opening celebration for its Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building.

The building is the fifth facility in the University’s Biomedical Discovery District (BDD), located behind TCF Bank Stadium on the East Bank, and the first research building on campus that’s open to the public. The BDD is the single largest expansion of the University campus since the West Bank was built 50 years ago.

The new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building will house research on the role of chemical carcinogens in causing cancer, new cancer treatment models, and various studies on the heart and cardiovascular system.

The grand opening attracted a crowd to this highly sophisticated complex for a peek into the labs that will someday be home to significant discoveries.

University President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., asserted his confidence that this leading-edge research space will boost the institution’s level of excellence in the health sciences, and he thanked the district’s many benefactors for making it possible.

“Philanthropy is what you need to go from good to great, and great is what we have here at the Biomedical Discovery District,” Kaler said at the event.

In addition to facilitating medical advances that lead to new cures and treatments, the BDD is expected to attract up to $40 million in new annual research funding.

Researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center and Lillehei Heart Institute will begin moving into the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building later this summer.

By Grace Birnstengel

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