MSU opens new $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center

GRAND RAPIDS — The new Grand Rapids Research Center opens this week, anchoring the western end of the city’s Medical Mile cluster of education, healthcare and research institutions and elevating Michigan State University’s role in biomedicine.

The $88.1 million facility initially will house 18 research teams that will relocate from the nearby Van Andel Research Institute. The 162,800-square-foot center has a capacity to grow to 44 research teams and will eventually employ more than 260 researchers and about 140 support staff within three years, said Norman Beauchamp, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine.

Beauchamp believes the Grand Rapids Research Center will become a magnet for attracting academic and research talent to the city and enable the College of Human Medicine to become one of the top medical schools in the country.

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