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Novartis Gives $860,000 to New Swiss Biosystems Center

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Novartis has contributed 1 million Swiss francs ($859,000) to the new Center for Biosystems Science in Engineering of ETH Zurich, the institute announced this week.


The Basel-based center is part of Project SystemsX, a national network for systems biology that is supported by ETH Zurich and the Universities of Zurich and Basel. The center will focus on interdisciplinary research in biology, physics, mathematics, computational science, chemistry, information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.


The contribution from Novartis is intended to fund scientists who will be appointed to the center. Positions for the first four professors will be announced in the next few weeks in the journals Science and Nature and include two specialists in experimental systems biology and one "internationally known expert" each in the areas of computational biology and systems nanobiology.


The center is expected to open in the autumn 2005.

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