The University of Nebraska Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of the Center for Drug Discovery and the Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education this week. The new $35-million facility has state-of-the-art laboratories and education space equipped with next generation technology and simulation and experimental learning tools designed to help prepare future pharmacists for expanded roles as health care changes.
Chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Gold says, “Having a new home for the college of pharmacy is a really important piece for building the future for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. It’s really critical that we not only ensure the future workforce for the state and the region but we also have the science and the scholarship that goes together, that creates the new discoveries in the areas of pharmaceuticals and new drugs that will create a healthier population.”
The 85,000 square foot facility is made up of three floors. The top floor is the Center for Drug Discovery that contains labs designed to aid researchers in medicinal chemistry that includes the design of new compounds and drug delivery, particularly with nanotechnology. The Lozier Center for Pharmacy Sciences and Education is on floors 1 and 2 and includes auditoriums and classrooms with advanced technology.
Dean, Dr. Courtney Fletcher says, “This building opens in the 101st birthdate of the College of Pharmacy. And over those 101 years we’ve been a leader in pharmacy education and pharmacy research. What this building does is really advance our mission to do that. To create new knowledge, up on our drug discovery floors, in both drug discoveries, in development, in delivery. And how we educate pharmacy students, to meet the needs of Nebraska.”