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UC Irvine to break ground for stem cell building

The local university will hold a ceremony on Oct. 24 to celebrate the new Sue and Bill Gross Hall.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 21, 2008 09:45 AM

This Friday's event will include presentations by UC Irvine Chancellor Drake; Vice Chancellor for Research Susan Bryant; stem cell co-directors Peter Donovan and Hans Keirstead; and Bob Klein, chairman of the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee, which awarded the campus $27.2 million for the building earlier this year.

Sue and Bill Gross Hall is intended to bring more unity and fluidity to the campus's program, as well as provide a research facility in Southern California.

The four-story, 100,636-square-foot building will house the UCI Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, as well as laboratory-based and clinical researchers, courses on stem cells, a master's program and educational programs for patients and the public.

The stem cell facility will be found in the Biomedical Research Center in the university's Health Sciences Complex and is expected to be finished in 2010.

The event begins at 11 a.m. this Friday in the Health Sciences Complex and is free to the public.