New Columbia Research Facility Enhances Ny Lead In Medical Research

February 8, 2001

Irving Gift Launches Groundbreaking for Third Building in Columbia’s University’s Audubon Biomedical Science & Technology Park

WHAT: Thanks to a $21 million gift, construction will begin this year on the third building in Columbia University’s ambitious five-building complex, the Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Irving Cancer Research Center, named for New York City philanthropist and food distribution executive Herbert Irving, the facility will double Columbia's available laboratory space for cancer research and will expand Columbia’s growing genetics program.

The Irving Cancer Research Center will be only the second research building built on Columbia’s medical center campus in 25 years. With this gift, Mr. Irving becomes the largest donor in the history of Columbia-Presbyterian, having given nearly $61 million to the medical center. In addition, a $10 million gift from the Avon Products Foundation to Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital will help the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center expand its breast cancer research and clinical care. A comprehensive breast cancer screening facility and research laboratories will be located in the new building.

WHY: The creation of the Irving Cancer Research Center, a state-of-the-art building bringing basic scientists and clinicians working on cancer, genetics and cell biology, together will encourage collaborative efforts, building on Columbia’s important contributions in medical research and treatment. The 13-story, 300,000-gross-square-foot facility will cost $131 million.

WHO: Speakers include Dr. George Rupp, President of Columbia University; Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Vice President and Dean of the Health Sciences at Columbia University; Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Thomas Morris, Interim Dean for Clinical & Educational Affairs, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Dr. David Hirsh, Interim Dean for Research, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Dr. Karen Antman, Wu Professor of Medicine and Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Herbert Irving; and Kathleen Walas, President, Avon Products Foundation.

WHEN& Friday, February 9, 2001 WHERE: 10 a.m. St. Nicholas Avenue, between 166th and 167th Streets (adjacent to the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion)

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