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Future site of the HHMI's collaborative research campus. New laboratories will be located in the lower left; the institute will occupy portions of the three office buildings pictured to the right.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the nation's largest privately held funder of biomedical research, has announced plans to build a major new high-tech laboratory facility. The 10-year, $500 million plan includes a biomedical science center for technology development complete with on-site housing and labs for 200 to 300 staff members--approximately 24 investigators and their research staffs. Construction will begin in early 2003 and the facility should be completed by mid-2005.

Late last year, HHMI, which is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., purchased 281 acres of farmland located in nearby Loudoun County, Va., outside Washington, D.C., for $53.7 million. The planned center will be HHMI's first "in-house" facility owned and operated entirely by HHMI; the institute...

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