The new Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, part of the University's burgeoning Biomedical Discovery District, is the institution's first research building that's open to the public.
The building's atrium is decorated for the grand opening celebration.
Aaron Friedman, M.D., Medical School dean and the University's vice president for health sciences, welcomes guests.
University President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., addresses the crowd.
Daniel Garry, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Lillehei Heart Institute, chats with Douglas Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.
Guests learn more about research in the Biomedical Discovery District on interactive touch-screen displays in the lobby of the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building.
University President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., and Medical School Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences Aaron Friedman, M.D., greet visitors.
Nick and Jeff Steinke relax on Platou Plaza, named in honor of University ambassador Carl Platou, Nick's grandfather and Jeff's father-in-law.
University student Christian Ndekwe converses with President Eric Kaler, Ph.D., on the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building's green roof, an energy-conserving feature of the facility.
Researchers will move into their state-of-the-art lab space later this summer.