When the University of Minnesota’s new, state-of-the-art cancer and cardiovascular research building is complete in 2013, it will bring top researchers together across disciplines to discover the next generation of cancer and heart therapies.
The cancer researchers housed there plan to study chemical biology with a focus on chemical carcinogens as a cause of cancer. Others will build new models to find better cancer treatments.
Heart researchers housed there plan to study cardiac regeneration and development, muscular dystrophy, congenital heart medicine, and genomics.
The building will be the gateway to the University’s Biomedical Discovery District (BDD), the result of a $292 million funding program approved by the state of Minnesota in 2008. The projected economic impact of this district is truly impressive:
- The BDD is expected to attract as much as $40 million in new research funding each year.
- In the short term, the BDD has created approximately 5,000 construction jobs. In the long term, it will create more biomedical science jobs at the University and fuel Minnesota’s biomedical industry.
- Every $1 million in federally sponsored research generates more than $2 million in new business activity in the state.