Collaborative research is the key to solving health problems, and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and Scottsdale are investing in building relationships and facilities to that end.
That was the message from Dr. Victor Trastek, chairman of the board of governors for Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, at the Mayor/City Council Breakfast on Thursday morning at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
The clinic is building a new research collaboration building to house laboratories for Translational Genomics Research Institute and Mayo Clinic researchers. The project brings together researchers from the Translational Genomics Research institute and the Mayo Clinic, in partnership with the city.
Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic Scottsdale have also committed to working together, Trastek said. "The key concept here is the collaboration of partners," he said, calling the sharing of research between entities "the gateway" to the future of health care in Arizona.
In the coming years, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale will focus on four areas of health care research and treatment: Cancer, transplantation, neurosciences and cardiovascular/lung health, Trastek said.
"This is where we're going to put our resources over time," he said.
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale will continue to pioneer cancer research on its Scottsdale campus, in the new collaboration building and the existing Samuel C. Johnson Medical Research building. Additionally, 29,000 square feet of a new 162,000-square-foot outpatient clinic building on the Mayo Clinic Hospital campus in Phoenix will be designated for its Radiation Oncology Department.
In February, the clinic broke ground on the new 110,000-square-foot research building at its Scottsdale campus. The project will house laboratories for a Translational Genomics Research Institute initiative called the Center for Translational Drug Development. Scottsdale will invest $3 million in the project; the Translational Genomics Research Institute will repurchase the facility for $3 million with interest over the next seven years.
"It's a partnering investment," Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross said. "It's a good, visionary, long-term step to take to help nurture this partnership and the biosciences here in Scottsdale."
Manross said Scottsdale is committed to research as one of it's economic development goals of the past 10 years.
"Frankly, no longer can these hospitals go it alone," she said. "We have to share our resources and make sure we don't waste."