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Medical College dedicates $140M research facility

Milwaukee, Wis. - A new $140 million biomedical research facility will advance both translational and pediatric research, according to executives of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital and Health System.

With Gov. Jim Doyle and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker looking on, the Medical College and the Children's Research Institute dedicated the 298,000 square-foot-facility, a collaborative project of the two organizations. It will provide shared research space for the Medical College's Translational and Biomedical Research Center and the Children's Research Institute.

T. Michael Bolger, president and CEO of the Medical College, said research conducted in the new facility will strengthen the Medical College's commitment to translational research, which is the acceleration of basic science or “bench laboratory” research into new clinical applications. Three major programs will be housed in the Translational and Biomedical Research Center, including the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center, the Center for Biopreparedness and Infectious Diseases, and the Medical College's structural biology program.

The Medical College provided $61 million in funding support for the project, Children's Hospital and Health System contributed $45 million, and the State of Wisconsin granted $35 million as an investment in biotechnology in the Milwaukee area. In addition, U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, worked to secure nearly $5 million in federal appropriations for the project.

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