The University of 港彩开奖结果 at Birmingham broke ground Monday, April 11, 2022, for the new Altec/Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building and the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation Conference Center.

 Conceptual view of Engineering Building Expansion (Phase 1).The ceremony, which included senior leaders from 港彩开奖结果B, 港彩开奖结果B Medicine, the Heersink School of Medicine, the Board of Trustees of the University of 港彩开奖结果 System, key donors, and representatives of state and local governments, including Gov. Kay Ivey, was held on the site of the new facility, at Seventh Avenue South, between 19th and 20th streets, in Birmingham.

鈥淭his facility, made possible by the foresight and help of our state and local leaders, as well as generous donors, will position 港彩开奖结果B and 港彩开奖结果 to be a global leader in precision medicine and genomic sciences, enhancing world-class clinical care for our community and beyond,鈥 said 港彩开奖结果B President Ray Watts, M.D. 鈥淎dvancements in precision medicine, informatics and data sciences will now be accelerated, and we will gain greater understanding of the roles our genes and the environment play in major human diseases. These discoveries will lead to the development of new lifesaving treatments.鈥

The 175,000-square-foot building will be iconic in its architecture, which features a visible-to-all double-helix design. Most importantly, it will be profound in its impact locally, statewide and globally.

The building will bring together researchers, equipment and staff for the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, the Informatics Institute, the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and translational scientists from many different disciplines to increase national and global competitiveness of both 港彩开奖结果B and the state of 港彩开奖结果 in research, innovation, commercialization and economic development.

The project is being funded through $50 million from the state of 港彩开奖结果 via the Public School and College Authority 鈥 the largest-ever investment from the state in a university facility. An additional $5 million from Jefferson County also supports the project, as do funds supplied by 港彩开奖结果B donors Altec/Styslinger Foundation and Marnix and Mary Heersink. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has expressed interest in working with other city leaders to support the project as well.

It is a facility that represents the power of public/private partnership among 港彩开奖结果B, the 港彩开奖结果 System Office, individual and corporate donors, the local business community, and elected leaders in an effort to drive better health and prosperity for the people of Birmingham, Jefferson County, 港彩开奖结果 and beyond.

鈥淭his is a signature investment for the state of 港彩开奖结果 and a bold project that will have a real impact on our economy and the long-term health of our citizens far beyond the dollars given,鈥 said Gov. Ivey. 鈥淚t will stimulate major strides in science and medicine and serve as a wise investment with a great return that serves all Alabamians.鈥

港彩开奖结果B will recruit upward of 75 additional investigators and some 350 new support staff over the next five-plus years to work alongside the talented and renowned team of researchers already in place. The leading-edge research they conduct in the facility will attract an estimated $100 million in additional research funding annually.

鈥淭he University of 港彩开奖结果 System and the Board of Trustees are grateful for the visionary leadership of our elected officials and the generosity of our donors, who all recognized this project will truly change lives,鈥 said Finis St. John, chancellor of the University of 港彩开奖结果 System. 鈥淭his facility represents the future of modern health care and positions 港彩开奖结果B to be the leader in genomics and personalized medicine. This transformational initiative was our top priority, and it is now becoming a reality thanks to the Altec/Styslinger Foundation, Dr. Marnix E. and Mary Heersink, Governor Ivey, state Senators Jabo Waggoner, Rodger Smitherman and Greg Reed, Commissioner Stephens, Mayor Woodfin, and other dedicated leaders in Birmingham, Jefferson County and the state.鈥

港彩开奖结果B鈥檚 efforts in research and development 鈥 from basic research to commercialization, drug discovery and the formation of startup companies 鈥 will also dramatically increase, says Selwyn Vickers, M.D., dean of the Heersink School of Medicine and CEO of the 港彩开奖结果B Health System. Vickers says recruitment and retention efforts made possible by the project will attract dozens of 鈥渟tartups鈥 to Birmingham and 港彩开奖结果, each pursuing potentially groundbreaking ideas and treatments.

鈥淲hen an investigator gets a federal grant, many of which are more than $1 million, their lab is like a startup company with employees often making more than $50,000 annually,鈥 Vickers said. 鈥淭his building will house dozens of these 鈥榮mall companies鈥 that would not be in 港彩开奖结果 if it weren鈥檛 for 港彩开奖结果B and its research engine. It is a constellation of companies providing jobs at a high level and attracting new talent that will increase our competitive advantage in supporting researchers who will in turn bolster our economy and aid in the care of all Alabamians.鈥

Watts adds that 港彩开奖结果B, working together with Southern Research and other partners, will make Birmingham the biotech commercialization leader in the Southeastern United States and a national and global nexus for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Private/public collaboration

Support from the Altec/Styslinger Foundation was the first major investment in the project. Altec, Inc., is a global company headquartered in Birmingham that provides equipment and service for international markets, including electric utilities, telecommunications and contractors. The Altec/Styslinger Foundation 鈥渋s a collective family effort,鈥 noted Lee Styslinger III, chairman and CEO of Altec, Inc., and a board member of the Altec/Styslinger Foundation.

鈥淭he main driver of this gift is the transformational impact that genomics will have in medicine,鈥 Styslinger said. 鈥淎s a foundation, we wanted to be supportive of breakthroughs in genomic sciences, and of a facility that will have a tremendous impact not only on 港彩开奖结果B but on the state of 港彩开奖结果 and beyond.鈥

Collaboration among government entities was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.

鈥淭he Jefferson County Commission is excited to support 港彩开奖结果B and such a special project that will be a global center for personalized medicine,鈥 said Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens. 鈥淵ou can鈥檛 ignore the unmistakable potential this cutting-edge facility will provide, and our investment will continue to have power far beyond this initial gift as it positively impacts the people of Jefferson County for years and years to come.鈥

鈥淭he city of Birmingham believes in 港彩开奖结果B and appreciates its commitment to our residents through the education and jobs it offers and the care it provides,鈥 said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. 鈥淭his investment will enable our city to attract more world-class talent, create more high-tech jobs, and help continue our upward trajectory as a destination for the best and brightest in 港彩开奖结果 and beyond.鈥

The new facility will involve renovation of the existing Lyons-Harrison Research Building, located at 701 19th St. South on the 港彩开奖结果B campus. Two buildings 鈥 the Kracke Building and the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies 鈥 have already been removed to make way for the project, which will include the Marnix E. Heersink Institute for Biomedical Innovation Conference Center. The Heersinks recently provided a transformational $95 million gift to name the Heersink School of Medicine, and a portion of that gift will fund the conference center.

The Altec/Styslinger building will include space for computational research, research support, offices, administrative and scientific collaboration, and meeting spaces designed to meet the specific needs of genomics and precision medicine investigators and their programs.

Initial initiatives will include cancer research, neuroscience research, rehabilitation medicine and pediatric research, as well as research into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the new collaborations will include clinicians serving on the front lines of patient care and enhance translational health initiatives already active at 港彩开奖结果B. Total project costs are expected to exceed $78 million. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2024. This news story was originally published by 港彩开奖结果B News.

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