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Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Facility


Name: Michigan State University Biomedical Research Facility
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Impact: Research and Economic Investment


“MSU’s biomedical research center, when combined with the work others are doing, creates a center of research that can support the kind of economic development that we would like to bring to the Grand Rapids region,” Dr. Rappley said.

Michigan State University’s research arm in Grand Rapids will grow with the construction of a biomedical research facility on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street downtown. The 160,000-square-foot, multi-level research building will occupy roughly half of the lot, with the potential for complementary facilities to be built in the future.

“There will be 180 new jobs and 70 jobs retained for a total of 250 positions in the new building,” said Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., dean, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “That in and of itself is quite a contribution, but that’s just the beginning. Many of those people have families and will support local businesses, pay taxes and contribute to the local economy in a major way.”

The new space, planned for opening in 2017, is expected to continue the momentum of National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded research grants at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. Its construction follows the 2010 opening of the Secchia Center, a joint medical education project of MSU, the Van Andel Institute and Grand Valley State University, built to offer an educational space to researchers recruited to Grand Rapids through NIH funding.