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Neal announces $500,000 for Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

May 29, 2006
Press Release

Funds earmarked for biological and environmental research

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the House of Representatives approved a funding a bill last week that includes $500,000 for the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI). The federal assistance was part of the fiscal year 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

"I have been a outspoken supporter of the The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute for many years.  This exciting partnership between Baystate Medical Center and UMASS will help benefit health, education and economic development in western Massachusetts. It keeps our region competitive in a global economy. I believe this collaboration has enormous potential, and I am pleased to have secured this federal assistance," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute is dedicated to improving human health by developing innovative new approaches for the diagnoses and treatment of disease. PVLSI was created in 2003 as a joint venture of Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with the dual missions of biomedical research and economic development.

Drawing on each of the founders as well as researchers, PVLSI brings together physicians, scientists, and engineers to create interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams focused on the molecular mechanisms of disease and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.