NextGen Precision Health Initiative official launch

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COLUMBIA - The new precision medicine building being built on the MU campus has an official name: NextGen Precision Health Institute.  

Numerous university officials and politicians were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday June 21. 

"This is our opportunity to change lives in the not so distant future," said Jon Sundvold, Chair of the Board of Curators.

The new building is going to be a central facility where new health initiatives can take place. It is supposed to help accelerate medical breakthroughs.

According to Columbia mayor Brian Treece, hundreds of jobs will be created.

"Researchers that are located here, that want to move here," Treece said. "They bring their spouses here and that's great for Columbia because its gonna be a destination that people want to move to because they want to work here."

Many jobs are anticipated in the near future from construction alone. From there, the building will provide space for over 60 principal investigators. The building will be located near the University Hospital.

"Cross-discipline research space of this magnitude is rare and will help us tackle grand challenges like treatments for cancer and heart disease," said MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright.

The $220.8 million facility is expected to be completed by October, 2021.