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NU regents meet to discuss cancer research center
Nebraska took one small step closer to the future of the Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The UNL Board of Regents met Thursday to discuss the program statement for the center.
The Regents voted unanimously 8 to 0 to approve the program statement for the Cancer Research tower.
The research tower is the building that will house the research labs, for treatment and prevention of cancer.
The $110 million research center is part of the larger cancer center project. It will be funded with $50 million in state funds and $60 million in private funds.
"It's an exciting time to have this project begin moving forward and take an idea and a vision and turn it into a reality. It'll benefit the University but more importantly it'll benefit the rest of the country in terms of cancer research, cancer treatment and hopefully one day be able to find a cure for cancer," said Board of Regents Vice Chair Tim Clare.
The center would create around 1200 jobs by 2020.
Construction is expected to start August 2013 and the entire project is expected to be finished by April 2016.
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