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When it comes to changing and saving lives with new scientific discoveries, it takes two kinds of innovators: those who forge new paths in research, and those with a passion for packaging discoveries to deliver them to the world. Lake County has both, and the new research park at Rosalind Franklin University will bring them together. The work began with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, September 8.

The researchers at Rosalind Franklin University (RFU) are already breaking new ground each day. Our discovery work is nationally and internationally recognized in several critical areas, from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases to cancer, behavioral disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases. And our research success is gaining momentum—of the 22 patents RFU holds, 17 were issued during the last five years (and 11 of those were issued within the last two years).

We're taking that success and multiplying its impact by breaking ground on a research park—creating an environment where academia and industry can collaborate on common goals, so that pioneering developments in the lab can become life-changing and life-saving therapeutics in hospitals and clinics.

By fostering a culture of innovation, we will also be fostering economic development and opportunity in Lake County, building on a cluster of life-science companies already located in this area.

As we break new ground on our campus and in our research labs, we're eager to invite you to be an integral part of what's next—for Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University, and, most importantly, the future of healthcare.