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Gov. McAuliffe Joins George Mason University to Launch Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research

Tuesday, May 19, 2015  
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently joined George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera to launch the university’s Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, a multidisciplinary center that will pursue some of the toughest medical questions facing society.

The institute, in partnership with community hospitals, regional medical centers and other major research universities, will be a focal point for biomedical research and development. Researchers from across the university’s colleges will work together under one roof to find advanced diagnostics and treatments for cancer, heart disease, and other life-threatening illnesses.

“Biomedical research and biotechnology play a vital role in improving the lives of our citizens and create opportunities that are vital for the new Virginia economy,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “The institute will create jobs and drive economic growth. But more importantly, the work taking place at this institute will improve lives, cure disease and benefit us all.”

Mason is Virginia’s largest public research university and is dedicated to conducting research of consequence that can improve lives and drive economic prosperity. To highlight the university’s commitment, Mason is renaming its campus in Prince William County the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus.

“The public mission of this university is central to everything we do,” Cabrera said. “Along with educating students and pursuing research of great societal importance, we see ourselves as an economic and cultural engine in our region, and we are committed to creating partnerships that generate jobs, drive innovation and fuel economic growth.”

The nearly $40 million, 75,000-squre-foot research facility is dedicated solely to research of biomedical innovation that could lead to new businesses. It is designed to facilitate collaboration between research disciplines and to help translate research into clinical applications that have direct impact on patients. Current research at Mason’s Science and Technology Campus includes personalized medicine, proteomics, cancer treatments, Lyme disease, nanotechnology-based diagnostics, and infectious diseases. Researchers from Mason’s science, engineering, health, and education colleges will collaborate at the new institute.

Located outside the city of Manassas, George Mason Science and Technology Campus is the university anchor of Innovation Park, a 1,600-acre research and development public-private venture housing innovative companies in life sciences, information technology and other research-intensive sectors. The campus is 20 miles from Dulles International Airport and within 40 miles of the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and numerous world-class hospitals.

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