In a ceremony held today, Texas A&M University officially broke ground on the Global Health Research Complex, a state-of-the-art, 102,000-square-foot research facility where researchers will develop products to improve animal and human health in Texas, across the United States and around the globe.
Participating in the ceremony were Regent Judy Morgan, a member of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System; President Michael K. Young of Texas A&M University; Vice President for Research Glen A. Laine of Texas A&M; and several other key administrators and researchers.
The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $75 million toward the design and construction of the complex, and another $11 million from the Permanent University Fund will be utilized for a total building cost of $86 million. Texas A&M expects to open the complex in 2019.
The Global Health Research Complex is designed to:
- Strengthen the state’s leadership in animal health by generating significant advances in fundamental understandings of vaccine development and rapid detection technologies for use in the field.
- Provide greater protection for agriculture animal health, as well as public and human health, around the state and across the nation.
- Serve as a critical resource for specialized research components of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the Office of the State Chemist.
- Augment the complimentary missions of the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, the Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine and the National Center for Therapeutic Manufacturing.
- Advance Texas A&M’s reputation as a research and training facility of national and international recognition.
About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $866.6 million in fiscal year 2015, ranking Texas A&M in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2015). Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.