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The Carolina BioOncology Institute in The Park - Huntersville hosts clinical trials and cell therapy research and works with pharmaceutical companies to enhance cancer treatments.    

HUNTERSVILLE – A local facility exploring new cancer research and treatment options is expanding its operations in The Park - Huntersville.

The multifaceted Carolina BioOnclogy Institute at 9801 Kincey Ave. is adding 10,000 square feet of space to help meet growing demand for its services. The institute is investing $250,000 to add and upfit space needed for a future “cleanroom” and lab space expansion, according to a release from Lake Norman Economic Development.

“The project consists of a common anteroom, two separate pharmacies, equipment monitoring and building automation systems,” said Steve Bradley, business and facilities manager for the Institute. “We will also have a dedicated, state-of-the art HVAC system that will ensure strict air quality around the clock.”

The project begins this month and is expected to be completed by mid-summer. Bradley added the current expansion will also lay the foundation for development of additional cleanroom space, with work expected to begin later this year.

The expansion of Carolina BioOncology, started by Dr. John Powderly in 2005, is needed to respond to consistent growth the facility is experiencing as well as new U.S. Pharmacopeial convention standards for research and development facilities.

The Institute, according to Bradley, is a unique, three-layered medical treatment and research facility. The Huntersville center’s operations include hosting Phase I immunotherapy clinical trials for solid tumors, the development of personalized cell therapy to fight cancer, and contract work and collaborations with large and small biopharma companies to test devices and reagents.

“Dr. Powderly has on staff PhD immunologists and multiple cell specialists who work with the latest devices, materials and technology to research how to best fight cancer,” Bradley said.

Carolina BioOncology Institute is the only independent, community-based cancer clinic dedicated to Phase 1 clinical trials. The institute specializes in solid tumor immunotherapy and focuses on a mission to provide the highest level of comprehensive and quality medical care possible.

The institute employs more than 40 medical treatment and research professionals. For more information, visitwww.carolinabiooncology.org.

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