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Facts and Figures

RFU's research is sustained by more than 120 scientists. RFU's annual extramural funding of approximately $13 million includes grants from NIH, NSF, not-for-profit research foundations, and industry.

RFU has partnered with industry in a number of research areas including: Abbvie, Zoll Medical, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Celgene, Lundbeck, Smith & Nephew, and Ionis.

RFU has collaborative research programs with DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Advocate/Lutheran General Hospital, and the Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

Industry will be able to also access several RFUMS research cores to further accelerate research translation including:

  • Confocal Microscopy and Imaging Facility
  • Electron Microscopy Facility
  • Werner Strauss Live Cell Imaging Laboratory
  • Flow Cytometry/Cell Sorter Facility
  • Calcium Imaging Laboratory
  • X-ray Crystallography Facility
  • Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Laboratory
  • Midwest Proteome Center (including mass spectrometry)
  • Biological Resource Facility (AAALAC- accredited vivarium for in vivo testing)
  • Molecular Quantification Laboratory

Regional Economic Development Impact

According to Lake County Partners, the Innovation and Research Park will create 498 new jobs for North Chicago and Lake County with an economic impact of $117 million annually.

Adjacent to the RFUMS campus is the Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) combining the Naval Hospital for the Great Lakes Naval Base, the largest naval training center in the U.S., and the regional Veterans Administration Hospital. The former facility manages healthcare for more than 40,000 new naval cadets annually while the latter facility attends more than 45,000 military veterans in the region. FHCC runs annually some 50 clinical trials of which at least 10 are industry-sponsored.