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Huntington Medical Research Institutes Celebrates Groundbreaking on State-of-the-Art Laboratory Building in Pasadena

Doors expected to open in 18 months on $29 million building project

Published on Friday, November 20, 2015 | 1:01 am

Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), Pasadena’s only dedicated medical research institute, has begun site preparations for a new world-class research facility at 686 South Fair Oaks Avenue, replacing several old HMRI laboratories in the city. The new labs will house basic and clinical facilities for HMRI’s patient-focused research programs.

Founded in 1952, HMRI has embarked on its first major capital campaign, to generate support for this landmark building project, which will bring HMRI physician-scientists, scientists and staff together on one campus. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building will be held on November 19th, to celebrate the energy, ideas, and stakeholders that make the new building possible.

“As a small organization, we have the advantage of putting highly diverse teams together in one new building, facilitating the cross-disciplinary brainstorming that drives our most ambitious programs. This sharing of space will allow us to continue our outsized contribution to research—For our size, we are remarkably productive, but our scientists desperately need a lab that supports their work. We are all anxious to move into this great facility,” said Dr. Marie Csete, President & Chief Scientist of HMRI. “We are optimistic that our capital campaign goal will be met, as more and more of the local community understand the significance of this building to Pasadena and the importance of HMRI’s research generally. HMRI’s mission is changing lives through multidisciplinary, patient-focused research. Our programs are led by physician-scientists who have deep clinical experience and bring that clinical experience into their laboratories.”

Dr. Csete is also confident that the new HMRI lab will anchor development of a long-anticipated biomedical research corridor along Fair Oaks Avenue, near the Huntington Memorial Hospital. With other great clinical and research organizations moving to the area around the Hospital, including Doheny Eye Institute and the Shriner’s Hospital, “we have an enormous opportunity to be the intellectual center of a vibrant research corridor through our collaborations with the Hospital, our new neighbors, and selected strategic partners.”

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