About the Institute
The Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey will be housed in an 18-story tower in New Brunswick, occupying approximately 160,000 square feet within five floors of the tower. This calculation is based on the requirements of an Institute that must support basic and translational science, and clinical trials. The Institute will house three floors of research laboratories, which will be connected by an interior atrium and each contain 24 lab modules. It also will containe core facilities, including a cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility and administrative and conference space.
The facility will be built on Little Albany Street, within walking distance of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, its Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey was held on October 23, 2007, which included the unveiling of the Christopher Reeve Pavilion.
The Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey has renovated existing space in three locations. Renovations at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, on the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School campus in New Brunswick, includes approximately 1,350 square feet of existing space on the fourth floor. The renovated current Good Manufacturing Practices Lab contains three cell process rooms with the appropriate clean corridor and gown/de-gown air lock, one viral process room with the appropriate gown/de-gown air lock, a material transfer room and material storage space. The lab was designed in accordance with FDA requirements and a validated program supporting the clinical trial manufacturing of cell therapy products on a campaign basis.
Additional renovations at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School are within the Medical Education Building, also located on the medical school’s New Brunswick campus. This project includes approximately 4,000 square feet of existing space on the first and sixth floors devoted to stem cell research. On the first floor, three new offices have been provided for principal investigators. On the sixth floor, the renovation includes an administrative area, a conference room, two offices for principal investigators, four open workstations, an open lab area with six lab bench modules, a tissue culture room, an equipment alcove and an equipment room.
A portion of the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey is currently housed in a 4,250-square-foot Stem Cell Research Center on Rutgers’ Busch campus in Piscataway. The facility, funded by a grant from the State of New Jersey, includes a nearly 2,000-square-foot shared laboratory designed for biochemistry and molecular biology, and offices for two new faculty members and their staff, including initial space for the institute director and at least one other principal investigator.
The facility also features a stem cell tissue culture laboratory and a room devoted to specialized equipment usage. Bench-top devices are connected to networked computers to analyze samples and store data. In addition, specialized space is provided for stem cell storage above liquid nitrogen (-196°C) and storage of biological samples at ultra-low temperatures (-86°C).
The facility is configured to enhance collaborative research through an open design, shared facilities, and functionally clustered workspaces. The new space is wheelchair accessible to both guests and working scientists.