The grand opening for the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building in Columbia took place in October 2021 (2021 photo courtesy of UM System)

UM System President: NextGen will accelerate lifesaving discoveries

The grand opening for the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building in Columbia is October 19, 2021 (2021 photo courtesy of UM System)

The grand opening celebration for the UM System’s top capital priority is Tuesday morning in Columbia.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R) will be on-hand for the 10 am event, for the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Institute. The $220-million facility is located near University Hospital, and is expected to train the next generation of scientists who will help Missouri address future health care needs.

UM System President Dr. Mun Choi describes the facility as a dynamic hub of research excellence. There was bipartisan support in the Missouri Legislature for the project.

National Institute of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins is in Columbia for the event. The facility will work to find cures for society’s toughest diseases.

State Sen. Greg Razer (D-Kansas City),  a Mizzou graduate, says the facility will accelerate medical breakthroughs, saying it will have the capability of curing cancer. UM System President Choi says NextGen will accelerate lifesaving discoveries and will transform health care in Missouri.

Tours will be offered to the public, following the 10 am ceremony. NextGen is located near University Hospital.

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