The University of Texas at Brownsville celebrated the formal opening of its Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building II on Friday, Sept. 6. The $4.9 million, 4,299-square-foot building was funded by a National Institutes of Health grant and the university.
The new structure has faculty offices, support space and six Biosafety Level 2 laboratories built to Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards, which include limited laboratory access and requirements for handling non-contaminated and contaminated items.
The new building will continue the university’s growing mission of biomedical research to find solutions to local and worldwide health problems. In 2012 the university had $8.3 million in annual research expenditures compared to 2002 when there was $1.2 million in annual research expenditures, according to university financial information.