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Clemson, GHS create healthcare research powerhouse
Date:6/4/2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. Clemson University and Greenville Health System (GHS) will establish a healthcare research powerhouse that will fuel growth in medical research and breakthroughs, create opportunities for faculty, physicians and students and accelerate the flow of research funding into the Upstate, boosting the region's economy.

The collaboration will lead to job-creating start-up businesses in the Upstate's growing medical and bioengineering hub.

Under the landmark agreement signed June 4 by the presidents, Clemson will be the primary research collaborator for GHS and serve as the research administrator for all GHS research. This pivotal change will allow both organizations to work collectively to leverage existing administrative structures and expertise at Clemson with the clinical opportunities offered by GHS, one of the largest healthcare systems in South Carolina.

The agreement will support additional opportunities for Clemson faculty to engage in health and medical research and open the door to more federal research funding by partnering with physicians and surgeons at GHS.

"We believe this collaboration will provide additional opportunities to the increasing number of students interested in health and support faculty recruitment in biological sciences, public health, bioengineering and biomedical sciences," said Clemson President James F. Barker. "We also anticipate doubling our healthcare research funding within four years."

Clemson has worked with GHS on healthcare research projects since 1990 when a biomedical collaborative was launched.

Said GHS President and CEO Mike Riordan, "By working together, we will create a research engine that will accelerate improvements in the quality of health care and serve as an incubator of new ideas and initiatives. Simply put, we are leveraging resources in order to accomplish more than any one of us could do by ourselves. We think this innovative model will not
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Contact: Brian Mullen
mullen2@clemson.edu
864-656-2063
Clemson University
Source:Eurekalert

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