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HOK-Designed Joint Health Sciences Center Opens in New Jersey “Eds and Meds” Corridor

Multidisciplinary science and education building in Camden brings together programs from three separate institutions in a collaborative research environment.

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The $70 million, four-story Joint Health Sciences Center, which houses facilities for Rowan University, Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College, represents completion of Phase I of the Board’s two-phase campus construction. Joint Board CEO Dana Redd described the Center as a milestone achievement for the Board, the City of Camden and the region. “By leveraging the power of these institutions, the Center is poised to become the research and innovation hub of South Jersey,” Redd said. “This campus will be the beating heart of Camden’s eds and meds corridor, injecting opportunity, growth and innovation throughout the region.”

The Center houses vast research space for Rowan, Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College.

For Rowan, this includes Cooper Medical School of Rowan University’s advanced simulation lab, the School of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute for Successful Aging, the virtual reality center and biomedical engineering labs focused on high impact health research.

Rutgers-Camden facilities include the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, which includes more than 40 internationally recognized scholars who are producing next-generation biomedical insights in such areas as predictive toxicology, metagenomics and biological rhythms.

Camden County College will use the space to house its Practical Nurse, Certified Nurse Aide, Multi-Skills Technician and Alzheimer’s Journey Coordinator programs and to expand educational opportunities in the city.

Communal multi-purpose rooms are distributed throughout roughly 60,000 square feet of space occupied by Rowan, Rutgers-Camden and the Joint Board, which also holds offices and the Center’s Biomedical research equipment and labs. The goal now is for students and faculty from the institutions to work together on a common research agenda to produce advances in biomedical science.

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