The Cleveland Clinic has received a $2 million federal grant to renovate its cancer research laboratories.
The expansion at the Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute will allow for the creation of 17 new jobs — four researchers, 12 technical support positions and one administrative assistant, according to a statement from the clinic.
The money will go toward renovating 3,600 square feet of lab space that was built in 1928 and last renovated in the 1950s, but has since fallen out of use. The renovation will include updating the space to meet the latest research laboratory standards, creating a shared instrumentation room that will free up an additional 500 square feet to allow for more bench research and installing fixed research equipment.
The funding comes from National Institutes of Health and was made possible via last year’s $787 billion federal stimulus, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“This award will allow us to continue to bring the latest research straight from the lab to the bedside to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients,” said Dr. Derek Raghavan, chairman of the Taussig Cancer Institute.
The available lab space at Taussig is currently at capacity, with 42 scientists and technicians, plus six administrative staffers using the space, the Clinic said.
Last year, Taussig was rated the nation’s No. 1 oncology program by Hospital Review.