Grand Opening of Arizona Biomedical Collaborative Building

Oct. 12, 2007

Media are invited to the grand opening of the 85,600-square-foot Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building, a groundbreaking collaboration between The University of Arizona and Arizona State University. The dedication takes place on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the new facilited, located at 425 N. Fifth Street in Phoenix.

The $29.6 million Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building includes “dry” computational and informatics labs and more traditional biological and medical “wet” laboratory space. The first two floors are home to the ASU Department of Biomedical Informatics with UA laboratory space on the third and fourth floors.

The Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building is located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus where The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University also welcomed its first students this year. The Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building is just south of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The building was designed by SmithGroup and built by DPR Construction Inc., in just over a year.

Students, faculty, researchers and staff from the UA and ASU are working in a state-of-the-art facility in biomedical informatics, an emerging field that is poised to change the way medicine is practiced. Biomedical informatics plays a critical role in advancing personalized medicine, making it possible to tailor specific treatments to individual patients based on genetic, metabolic and other factors.

UA research already underway focuses on melanoma, cardiovascular physiology, vitamin D, the herpes simplex virus and psychiatric illness.

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus was developed by the Arizona Board of Regents, the UA, ASU and the City of Phoenix. The presidents of both universities, the Board of Regents, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, and several state legislators are scheduled to dedicate this unique enterprise.

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