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A look at the Center for Collaborative Research
A new research center at Nova Southeastern includes a partnership with the Swedish institute that awards the Nobel Prizes.
This month, Nova Southeastern University in south Florida holds the grand opening for its biomed Center for Collaborative Research, a 215,000-sq.-ft., $80-million building that is “really going to be transformational,” says Dr. H. Thomas Temple, the university’s senior vice president of translational research and economic development. The building will be one of the most advanced and largest research facilities in the state, NSU says.
The center will host NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research and the Emil Buehler Research Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics along with the U.S. Geological Survey, commercial enterprises, incubators and an accelerator. It will house high-performing computers and what NSU says will be one of Florida’s largest wet labs.
One additional tenant: NSU’s Cell Therapy Institute, a collaboration with researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, which Alfred Nobel selected to determine who each year should win his namesake prize in physiology or medicine. The institute’s initial focus is on cancers, heart disease and blindness disorders.
The group has had an unusual trek. It was formed by researchers who came out of VGTI Florida, the Port St. Lucie research non-profit recruited to Florida with more than $120 million in state and local incentives. VGTI formed a collaboration with Karolinska in 2014 to study diseases of aging, but VGTI failed financially and closed last year.
Temple says the VGTI group wanted to carry on its work and keep the team intact. Serendipitously, the team was able to join Nova.
The new building opens as Nova moves even more aggressively into health care. It is planning to open a second medical school, this one allopathic (a traditional M.D. medical school), in 2018 to add to its longstanding osteopathic school. And in the next few years, HCA East will spend $219 million to relocate its Plantation hospital, and 200 beds, to the NSU campus near the new center opening this month.
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