Brown Plans New Integrated Life Sciences Building in Providence’s Jewelry District

Expand research, expand possibilities

The approval of the selection of an architect comes as Brown simultaneously develops an operational plan to grow its global research business, further building on the substantial momentum in research activity in recent years. Creating an integrated life sciences building is a key priority as Brown envisions investments in space, staff and infrastructure to support its research aspirations.

The life sciences include many of Brown’s most space-intensive research programs. Brown’s life science units include 20 biology and clinical departments and more than a dozen research centers and institutes in the Division of Biology and Medicine; the Institute of Biology, Engineering and Medicine; the Interdisciplinary Carney Institute for Brain Sciences; the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences; and four departments and more than a dozen research centers and institutes in the School of Public Health.

Brown’s current major research facilities include the Sidney E. Frank Hall and Biomedical Center for Life Sciences on College Hill, Molecular Medicine Laboratories at 70 Ship St. in the Jewelry District, and 121 South Main St. , which houses the School of Civil Service. Health. All are currently at or near capacity, and some require significant investment for renovation and deferred maintenance.

Dr. Mukesh K. Jain, who joined the University as Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences in March 2022, said the creation of a new facility in the Jewelry District, where Brown has invested more than $225 million over the past 12 years, would provide much-needed space for existing research centers to grow and for new ones to grow.

“Life sciences at Brown continue to grow at a rapid pace, and this is an incredibly exciting time to join this research community,” said Jain. “A modern facility with the lab space, technology and infrastructure to translate cutting-edge science will allow Brown to implement a growth plan that supports research teams working at scales from science to level. molecular to biotechnological innovations, to the latest developments in patient therapies. and intervention”.

A key part of the vision is to provide researchers with access to cutting-edge technologies that “enable the development of novel diagnostics and therapeutics, particularly in highly promising areas such as RNA biology, to drive partnerships stronger with biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, which will accelerate the timeline for clinical impact while simultaneously enhancing economic vibrancy and workforce opportunities for our Rhode Island community,” added Jain.

While the programming phase of the building design process must assess needs across all of Brown’s programs and determine which specific spaces would be included, a new facility would allow the University to build on a series of major developments in the life science research.

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