updated: 6/6/2012 7:43:54 AM

Purdue Pumps More Into Cancer Research

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A top cancer researcher says housing scientists of different backgrounds in a new facility at Purdue University's Discovery Park could "make all the difference" in developing new detection and treatment technologies. The university's board of trustees recently approved plans for the nearly $16 million project. In an interview with Business of Health Contributor Barb Lewis, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research Director Tim Ratliff says interaction among researchers with different specialties can help accelerate discoveries and create a "very rapid development of drugs."

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Ratliff says the $15.9 million facility won't have walls separating lab space. Scientists will all work in the same area, which he hopes will create "synergistic research."

He says the facility, which will be attached to the Bindley Bioscience Center, will enhance job development through the expansion of research. Ratliff says he hopes new products will also generate new companies that will result in job growth.

Construction is set to begin this month and is expected to take two years.

Originally posted April 13

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Hammond, Ind. -- The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 13) approved a contract to construct a $15.9 million cancer research facility in Discovery Park.

The board, in its meeting on the Purdue Calumet campus, also approved renaming the Intercollegiate Athletics Facility to honor Drew and Brittany Brees.

Kettelhut Construction Co. of Lafayette, Ind., was awarded a $12.3 million construction contract to build a multidisciplinary cancer research facility attached to the Bindley Bioscience Center. The building is designed to enhance the disease research capabilities of research facilities throughout Discovery Park, integrating scientific expertise from the molecular level through animal disease modeling.

"This new facility will complement the capabilities of the Bindley Bioscience Center and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research in biophysical and biomolecular analyses, conventional cell imaging and separation, and high-throughput screening technologies," said Timothy Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. "Laboratories are planned for cancer cell biology, therapeutic and medical device development, cell-based screening, medicinal chemistry, and next-generation imaging."

On Thursday (April 12) the Physical Facilities Committee approved a request to increase the project budget by $1 million to a total of $15.9 million. The additional authorization will cover bids that arrived higher than expected and for any unforeseen contingencies.

Federal grant funds from the National Institutes of Health will pay for the original $14.9 million, with the remainder coming from gift funds and facility and administrative funds.

Source: Purdue University

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