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The new MUNI BioPharma Hub building will be built in the Bohunice Campus.

MUNI BioPharma Hub one step away from breaking ground

Masaryk University’s strategic project, the MUNI BioPharma Hub, is about to start construction after receiving the building permit.

The public tender closed in July and the MU management is now evaluating the bids received. The contract is expected to be signed in September. According to the schedule, the foundation stone will be laid and the construction will being in the academic year 2023/24.

“Since the completion of the Bohunice University Campus, this is MU’s largest investment project. In terms of scope and volume, it is even bigger than the MU Faculty of Medicine Simulation Centre (SIMU). Thanks to this project, MU has gained a very good reputation because we have proven that we can not only plan major investments in the long term, but also successfully complete them. Thanks to the smooth communication and clear strategic vision of the university’s management, the MUNI BioPharma Hub has been classified as a strategic project of the Czech Republic within the National Renewal Plan, which should bring significant added value at the national level in the fields of education, science and research, pharmacy, molecular biology and other areas. A new infrastructure is being created that will have a long-term impact on the health sector, bringing together the activities of several MU faculties – the Faculty of Pharmacy, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science and CEITEC – under one roof in new, modern premises,” said David Póč, director of the MU 2021+ strategic project.

The MUNI BioPharma Hub will be a central facility for teaching and research in the field of pharmacy, but will also include a Preclinical Centre and a Molecular Medicine Centre, which will be used by other faculties. In one place, there will be a combination of dedicated teaching facilities and unique spaces such as state-of-the-art pharmaceutical forms manufacturing facilities.

The new MUNI BioPharma Hub building will be built in the Bohunice Campus.

“One of the considerations when designing the MUNI BioPharma Hub was to create a unique facility in Europe for the development of solid and liquid dosage forms and the possibility of production in smaller, clinical batches,” explained David Póč.

The MUNI BioPharma Hub project has been in development for over three years, during which time it has been able to establish collaborations with partners from both the private and public sectors. For example, the Brno Regional Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with MU, initiated the creation of a dedicated Life Sciences 4.0 platform to better integrate investors and life sciences companies in order to fully utilise the potential of the new infrastructure. The importance of the MUNI BioPharma Hub as a major strategic project has also been reflected by the City of Brno in the Brno2050 strategy, where the MUNI BioPharma Hub has been identified as a flagship project in the “Prosperity” thematic area.

The new MUNI BioPharma Hub building will be built in the Bohunice Campus.

“We want the new infrastructure to be a place for meeting and working with the public – for example, we want to focus on the area of prevention, where several university faculties can cooperate. In this context, I would also like to mention the complementary project within the framework of strategic initiatives, namely the construction of the MU Multifunctional Sports Hall, which will include examination rooms to study the links between physical activity and specific exercises in the field of prevention. These are things that we want to present during our public outreach events, starting with the Researchers’ Night,” added David Póč.

Sustainability is also an important aspect of the BioPharma Hub, as the new building has many features that save energy and other resources. “We will use technologies for maximum energy, heat and water recovery, which is not trivial in a complicated building with a lot of technology inside. However, it will result in a long-term functional and sustainable infrastructure, which is quite unique for such a large and specific building in Central Europe,” concluded David Póč.