The Erie Community Foundation (ECF) announced a $6 million grant, the largest in its 84-year history, to expand the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) to Erie and create a new biomedical commercialization and translational research lab at Penn State Behrend’s Knowledge Park.
The initiative will bring locally-focused clinical medical research trials to the region, improving the health of generations of women while creating a new sector in Erie’s economy. Projections are that new federal research dollars flowing into the Erie community will be approximately $15 million in the first five years, and will reach $50 million by year ten.
The grant, made to the Hamot Health Foundation (HHF) in partnership with UPMC, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation (MWRIF) and Penn State Behrend, will bring the Pittsburgh-based MWRI to downtown Erie, which marks the first expansion of MWRI outside of Pittsburgh. Erie, Pennsylvania is home to multi-generations of families, which means genomic studies and clinical trials can lead to improved and targeted cancer treatments for residents in this region.