Funding approved for new Binghamton University facility

Funding approved for new Binghamton University facility

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Binghamton University has secured $15 million on Wednesday to build another facility at its Health Sciences Campus, currently under construction in Johnson City.

The new research and development facility will be built adjacent to the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building being built on Corliss Avenue.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to build more infrastructure and see that we can attract industry to the area and we can increase our research," School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Dean, Gloria Meredith, said. 

Meredith says it will offer state-of-the-art research space for faculty and students in pharmacy, nursing and biomedical engineering.

"We would envision being able to attract some bio-techs, maybe even spin-up and some startups ourselves that would be able to use this new R-and-D facility," Meredith said.

Officials say with nearby health institutions like UHS Wilson Memorial Medical Center and Lourdes Hospital, the facility will help advance research in the community.

"People will be able to come and work in this new R-and-D facility, whether they're with a biotech company that's collaborating, or they're working closely with our own faculty," Meredith said.

Meredith says the pharmacy school has already met its enrollment goal of 90 students. It's expected to open in the fall of 2018, with classes beginning this fall on the main campus.

There's no specific time on when construction on the new facility will be complete. A more definite timeline is in the works.

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