Construction of Nation’s Largest Stem Cell Research Facility

Cancer Research, News — By on October 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm

An Oct. 27 event at Stanford will launch the construction of the nation’s largest stem cell research facility. The Stanford University School of Medicine will begin construction on the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, the nation’s largest stem cell research facility, with a scientific symposium and ceremonial groundbreaking.

The 200,000-square-foot building will bring together some 600 scientists now working in scattered locations in a unified effort to capitalize on the power of stem cells in treating human disease. The $200 million building is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010.

The Lokey Building will have a transforming impact on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. While the design of this wonderful facility is important in its own right, the true benefit accrues from the critical mass of spectacular scientists, students and staff who will assemble in this new facility to conduct far-ranging fundamental and applied research that will link to other stem cell initiatives at Stanford and beyond.

“What is important is that it will give people the opportunity to apply stem cell thinking to different problems, including regeneration, aging and cancer,” said Irving Weissman, MD, director of the Stanford Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute, which will be housed in the new building.

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