New Jersey’s reorganization of its higher education system is six years old, but one key component of it is just now taking shape.

As reported in a profile by the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Joint Health Sciences Center in Camden is slated to open in September and will be home to health-focused research and instruction for Rowan University, its Cooper University Medical School, Rutgers-Camden, and Camden County College.

“The combined academic power in the building creates what Dana Redd, CEO of the joint board and former Camden mayor, called a biomedical hub that redefines not only the city of Camden, but the region as a whole,” writes reporter Michelle Caffrey.

“We certainly expect that the brightest and the best scientific minds will come here and want to do their research in this state-of-the-art facility, which is the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey because it’s working with institutions and they are collaborating as partners and as a team,” Redd said.

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