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The Hackensack Meridian Health Research Institute recently cut the ribbon on 20,000 additional square feet of laboratory and office space for the Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI).

This state-of-the-art new space will house nine laboratories and approximately 60 scientists and support staff as part of HMH’s major investment in oncology and immunology. Once completed, the project’s total cost will be approximately $12 million. The newest upgrades bring the total space of the CDI to 128,000 net square feet.

CDI, which opened in 2019, is part of the 116-acre Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus, which includes the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, located less than 10 miles west of Manhattan on the former site of the global pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-LaRoche in Nutley and Clifton.

CDI is an academic-based entrepreneurial center that rapidly harnesses innovations arising from a new renaissance in biomedical sciences to restore patient health. It is comprised of three distinct institutes with a shared mission: the Institute for Cancer and Infectious Diseases (iCID); Institute for Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma (iMML); and the Institute for Restorative Health (iRH), whose work offers novel solutions to heal damaged tissues and organs.

The CDI supports research excellence through the recruitment of outstanding scientists, including physician scientists with strong records of achievement, and by providing state-of-the-art facilities and resources in which their work can be conducted.

The strong partnership that the CDI shares with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Hackensack Meridian Health’s 17 network hospitals enables researchers and clinicians to work closely to maximize new age biomedical sciences for optimal patient care.

Photo Caption: (L-R) Dr. David Perlin, chief scientific officer and executive vice president, of the CDI; Robert Garrett, FACHE, the CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health; and Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, the president of Academics, Research and Innovation at HMH at the May 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony.