At a cost of $35 million, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced the opening of its new Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education. The new building contains cutting-edge laboratories and pharmacy educational equipment. The new materials are considered part of the new generation of technologies which will allow students to expand their knowledge in the ever growing field of pharmacy.
The Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center was privately funded from donations from a group of well-to- do alumni and associates. Ruth and Bill Scott, Dianne and Allan Lozier, and Joseph D. and Millie E. Williams were the principal benefactors in the center´s fundraising and construction. The group have worked tirelessly to help generate the funds for the education center.
“Within this new building, we now have the facilities, the infrastructure, and the talent to in some ways function like a small pharmaceutical company,” College of Pharmacy Dean Courtney Fletcher said.
The three floor building has laboratories dedicated to medicinal chemistry and the design and synthesis of new compounds, drug delivery, particularly with nanotechnology, and clinical and translational research. The Center for Drug Discovery and Lozier Center also has areas designed for hands on learning. The new technology that is in place throughout the center is to provide active learning amongst its students, giving pupils a chance to learn while giving back to the university.
The building is also equipped with two auditoriums for lectures, two large classrooms, four medium sized classrooms, 12 group meeting rooms and quiet study areas for students.
“Our hope is that the UNMC Center for Drug Discovery will soon emerge as a globally-recognized brand,” UNMC chair of pharmaceutical sciences Ram Mahato, Ph.D. explained.
While the university and its benefactors are delighted with the new UNMC Center for Drug Discovery, members of the community and local politicians have also expressed their joy to have the university expanding students´ opportunities to learn.
“The new College of Pharmacy and Center for Drug Discovery building will add to UNMC’s outstanding reputation for healthcare and clinical research and will help re-inforce Omaha’s status as one of the top medical research cities in the nation,” Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert stated.
The UNMC College of Pharmacy was ranked 25th by the U.S. News and World Report out of 125 colleges of pharmacy in the US for 2016-17.