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Lausanne welcomes new AGORA Cancer Research Cluster

Lausanne has welcomed a new cancer research cluster, the AGORA Pôle de recherche sur le cancer, with information exchange one of its main goals.

The centre is a result of the partnership between the Vaud region’s extensive knowledge centres in the field of cancer research: CHUV (Centre hospitalier universitaire Vaudois), the HUG ( Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève), the University of Lausanne, the University of Geneva, EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer.

The AGORA cluster brings together nearly 300 doctors, biologists, immunologists, bioinformaticians and bioengineers from the different partner institutions. Alongside laboratories and research areas, the building has been architecturally designed to promote information exchange between scientists and clinicians to accelerate the development of new therapies.

The facility includes a 260-seat auditorium as well as numerous conference and seminar rooms.

The canton of Vaud is becoming increasing known as “Health Valley” for its specialist healthcare knowledge. The region has positioned itself at the forefront of research in the fields of oncology, neurosciences, immunology, nutrition, and cardiovascular diseases. Innovative disciplines such as bioinformatics, medical imaging, and robotic surgery are also developing rapidly.  The canton has almost 400 businesses and as many laboratories active in life sciences.