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Construction of New $160M Cancer Research Building Underway at OHSU

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. (Image courtesy of Cacophony via Wikimedia Commons)

The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, a world-leader in cancer research, recently accomplished raising $1 billion in funding to help support the groundbreaking life science research being conducted at the center.

Along with supporting research, this funding is also supporting the construction of new research centers and buildings on the OHSU campus. Earlier this month, work began on constructing the newest building on campus, a $160 million, 320,000 square foot research building that is expected to be completed in 2018 and house 600 life scientists.

Groundbreaking for the new Knight Cancer Institute research building took place on June 16, 2016 at the site of the building's future home, next to the Collaborative Life Science Building. Once the building is built and operational, cancer research ranging from early detection to immuno-oncology will take place by a vast variety of scientists, who will work individually as well as collaboratively.  

“To ensure a comprehensive approach, we require experts with knowledge in electronics, optics, biology and cancer. It’s crucial that we have a multidisciplinary team working closely together,” explained OHSU scientist, Sadik Esener, Ph.D. “This building will be ideal for carrying out team science.” 


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The new research building will be well equipped with labs and conference space to allow the scientists to conduct their research. The building will include: 

  • Intellectual and social hubs for researchers to carry out discussions
  • Core facilities and shared equipment
  • Wet labs
  • Dry labs
  • A conference center
  • Administrative offices
  • Retail space

Brian Druker, M.D., director of the Knight Cancer Institute explained that: “We are grateful for the state’s investment in our mission to end cancer as we know it, and we look forward to celebrating the scientific achievements that will take place within these walls."

Researchers discover new lab supplies at the 2015 BioResearch Product Faire™ Event in Portland.   Market lab supplies to Portland area researchers at the 2016 BioResearch Product Faire™ Event.

(Images of past BioResearch Product Faire events in Portland courtesy of Biotechnology Calendar, Inc.)

This new addition to the life science facilities at Oregon Health and Science University is yet another example of the institution's leading role in life science research. In the 2015 fiscal year, the university received more than $195 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Departments at OHSU receiving substantial amounts of this funding include: 

  1. Internal Medicine/Medicine - $38.5 million
  2. Microbiology/immunology/Virology - $17.5 million
  3. Other Basic Sciences - $14.3 million
  4. Neurosciences - $11.8 million
  5. Obstetrics and Gynecology - $10.8 million 

Interested in meeting face-to-face with hundreds of active life science researchers from Oregon Health and Science University in one place in just a few hours time?

Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. produces an annual BioResearch Product Faire™ event in Portland that brings together lab suppliers with more than 125 of these active OHSU scientists. The 15th Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ event in Portland, OR will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017. At the 2015 event, researchers from 16 different science departments and 30 on-campus buildings attended the event. 

To learn more about participating in the upcoming event in OHSU on 8/18/16, as well as to receive more funding stats for Oregon Health and Science University, visit the link below:

Learn More About the Portland Event


Researchers at OHSU looking to find the best and newest tools available to use in their labs are invited to attend this free event. Visit the link below to learn more about the event, as well as to pre-register to save time at the door: 

Researchers: Attend  OHSU Event


Tags: new research building, Oregon Health and Science University, Northwest, cancer research, OR, OHSU, Portland, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire, Western, Knight Cancer Institute

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