Minnesota blueprints new complex for biomedical research

Officials in Minnesota are touting the potential of the planned $300 million Minnesota Biomedical Research Program, a project that already has earned legislative approval for $220 million in state funds. The University of Minnesota says the program will provide space for 100 primary researchers and 500 support staff. And the university believes it can attract $100 million a year in new research funds once the program is up and running.

The state has blueprinted 400,000 square feet of research space in four buildings to be completed in 2013. The university will start by expanding the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and follow up with facilities that will focus on cancer, cardiovascular and infectious diseases.

- read the report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune