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Mayo Clinic Multi-Million Dollar Proton Therapy Treatment Center Under Construction

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

The Rochester Mayo Clinic, MNThe Mayo Clinic is in the process of constructing 2 new Proton Therapy Treatment Centers, on at the clinic in Rochester, MN expected to open this year (2015), and the other in Phoenix, AZ expected to open in 2016. 

Proton therapy is a form of cancer treatment that delivers radiation directly into a tumor and causes less damage to surrounding tissue than normal radiation therapy. This is especially beneficial to treating tumors in sensitive areas of the body such as the brain where there is a lot of surrounding tissue that could potential be damaged. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

These new facilities at the Mayo Clinic will be one of a very small amount of centers around the world that use pencil beam scanning, an intense-modulated technology that does not pass through the tumor or touch nearby tissue, to administer treatment to a targeted area. 


The Rochester proton beam therapy center will be housed in the new Richard O. Jacobson Building, located downtown near Rochester Methodist Hospital. The facility will have 4 treatment rooms, each with their own advanced proton beam particle accelerator. 

The Mayo Clinic received millions of dollars from philanthropists to support the creation of these facilities. Richard O. Jacobson donated $100 million to the clinic, and Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson of donated $10 million to the clinic. 

More about the new treatment centers and proton therapy can be read in the blog Cancer Research and Therapy Gift of $100 Million to Mayo Clinic published in April, 2011. 

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN has millions of dollars in active lab funding.

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Mayo Clinic generates $912 million annually; $423 million from government, foundations, and industry donations along with $489 of Mayo Clinic funds and benefactor gifts. In the 2014 fiscal year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN received more than $200 million in life science funding from the National Institutes of Health. This funding is used to support a wide array of research and building construction projects. 

  • Mayo Clinic researchers will take part in a $12.7 million NIH funded study intended to advance research in new applications for existing therapeutic compounds.
  • Mayo Clinic was awarded $9.8 million from the National Institutes of Health, in order to develop a population genetics analysis program.
  • The grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is on top of $2.5 million the university received last year from the National Institutes of Health to study the disease.

Researchers in Rochester discover new lab supplies.  Lab supply companies meet new leads at the annual Rochester BioResearch Product Faire™ Event.

Lab supply companies interested in marketing laboratory products and technologies to Rochester, MN area researchers are encouraged to participate in the 10th Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event happening in Rochester on May 20, 2015. This event provides lab suppliers with the opportunity to:

  1. Meet face-to-face with more than 100 active and well-funded life science researchers in the Rochester, MN area who are interested in learning about new tools and technologies that are available to them. 
  2. Demonstrate how products work, in both conventional and unconventional ways to help researchers with their lab work. 
  3. Discover new quality leads from the lab managers, professors, post docs, grad students, and research associates at the event. 
  4. Scout for new team members from the researchers at the event who have skills and knowledge that will benefit your company. 
  5. Get exposure in the always expanding bioresearch supply marketplace. 

To learn more about exhibiting at this event, as well as to get more funding information, visit the link below: 

Exhibit in  Rochester, MN


Researchers in Rochester interested in attending this event are encouraged to visit the link below to pre-register:

Researchers: Attend  Rochester Event  


 To find more marketing opportunities, visit the 2015 trade show calendar here. 

Tags: Midwest, Rochester, Mayo Clinic, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, MN, RMN, Proton Therapy Treatment Center, Proton Beam Therapy

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