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Construction set to begin on new pharmacy building


Winnipeg, MB – Ground has been broken on a new home for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Pharmacy. The Apotex Centre is set to go up in downtown Winnipeg, cementing the area as the health sciences learning centre of the province.

Jack Kay, president and COO of Apotex, was at the groundbreaking on June 27. His company has donated $3 million and its name to the project.

Construction on the new building kicks off shortly and will be finished in the fall of 2008. The four-story 95,000 sqft building will more than double the space available for pharmacy students allowing the faculty to expand its capacity to train pharmacists and includes room for future campus projects.

Components of the new facility will include advanced lecture theatres, an undergraduate teaching laboratory with bench space for 75 students, a manufacturing lab designed to provide hands-on experience in table and sterile formulation production, a pharmaceutical care lab which will include a simulated dispensary system and patient counselling area, and a research centre for new drug development and delivery systems.