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Mayo Clinic announces biomedical discovery center

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Mayo Clinic has announced a new Center for Biomedical Discovery to promote innovation, commercialization, fundraising and "discovery science as a priority of the institution."

Mayo named Mark McNiven, Ph.D., as the center's new director.

"This new center will increase our ability to better understand the basic mechanisms that contribute to most human diseases," he said in a statement from Mayo. "This is particularly exciting, as it will synergize Mayo basic and translational investigators toward developing new methods of treatment while helping keep Mayo at the forefront of patient care."

"Discovery science is a significant part of our research effort at Mayo Clinic, as it is the starting point in seeking help for our patients when current knowledge isn't enough," said Dr. Gregory Gores, executive dean for research at Mayo, who announced McNiven's new role.

The center "was established to grow Mayo's expertise and build on its foundation of basic research discoveries, which extends back over 100 years."


"Discoveries in the laboratory form the basis for tomorrow's clinical care, and Mayo's scientists have long been teaming with physicians to explore the needs of patients," Mayo's announcement says. "This Mayo-wide strategic research center will help advance and coordinate those efforts, prioritizing and seeking support to grow the science."

McNiven plans to promote "team science" and encourage collaboration between scientists and physicians, help implement fundraising strategies and promote innovation and commercialization.

"I'm looking forward to working with my many talented Mayo colleagues to develop this new innovative center as the next focus of Mayo's ongoing evolution of its research strength," he said.

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