The building is the first of its kind for Mayo Clinic and adds to the list of multiple strategic partners housed under one roof, including the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The work supports the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, one of only 38 U.S. medical centers named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"For physicians with clinical responsibilities, the center's research efforts will no longer separate them from their patients for long periods of time. Rather, the center is designed as a functional interface where Mayo physicians can streamline the infusion of new ideas and research into their primary clinical responsibilities," said Miller.
Mayo physicians will work closely with their MAC5 colleagues to identify clinical research opportunities to address patient needs. This direct interaction with Mayo clinicians and ASU scientists and engineers is designed to help foster interaction and communication to develop new bench to bedside opportunities in discovery.
MAC5 builds on the strong track records core team of experts with strong track records in life science product development. The first occupants will be CLIMDx, the Mayo Clinic research component of the ASU Department of Biomedical Informatics; a cancer vaccine initiative; and a cancer drug development and validation effort linking with the medicinal chemistry group to develop personalized medicine drugs and therapeutics.