Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center Opening New Research Center in Mission Bay

VA Signs 42,000 Square Foot, 10-Year Lease for State-of-the-Art Research Lab in Mission Bay; Location Offers Collaboration, Partnerships & Proximity to UCSF

5/30/12—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center will open a 42,000 square foot research center in Mission Bay. The new Medical Center will locate at 1700 Owens across from UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus close to UCSF and the Mission Bay life sciences community.

“Mission Bay offers the VA an unrivaled location for science, collaboration and the discovery of improved treatments for our nation’s veterans,” said Mayor Lee. “The relocation of these VA research programs to Mission Bay brings cutting edge research in HIV/AIDS, health services, neurosciences and bone disease to the center of the Mission Bay science and innovation cluster. I am incredibly proud to welcome the VA to Mission Bay.”

“The San Francisco VA Medical Center has the largest research program in the VA system with $83 million in research expenditures in Fiscal Year 2011. This opportunity allows us to decompress the VA campus and provide new state-of-the-art facilities to conduct important scientific work,” said San Francisco VA Medical Center Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development Carl Grunfeld, MD, Ph.D. “Expanding our Research program to 1700 Owens is significant because it gives us the opportunity to continue the existing collaboration and partnership with our research counterparts at UCSF. It is because of this close collaboration that we have facilitated important advancements in medicine and research that is the cornerstone of our reputation for excellence in health care.”

Designed from the ground-up as a premier center for science and innovation, Mission Bay is a 303-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, and sustainable redevelopment project area. Mission Bay is anchored by a number of leading research institutions including UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus and Medical Center, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Gladstone Institutes and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Mission Bay is home to more than 38 life sciences companies including FibroGen, Nektar, Celgene, Bayer, and Pfizer. There are now four life sciences incubators located in Mission Bay. The first phase of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is under construction and will include a 289-bed complex featuring three separate hospitals specializing in serving children, women, and cancer patients.

At full build out, Mission Bay will accommodate 6,000 units of housing (28 percent affordable), 4.4 million square feet of office and R&D space, a 57-acre UCSF research campus and 550-bed medical center, 500,000 square feet of retail, a 500 room hotel, 49 acres of new public open space, a new 500-student public school, a new public library, a new fire and police stations and other community facilities.

About the San Francisco VA Medical Center
The San Francisco VA Medical Center, established in 1934, has a long history of conducting cutting edge research, establishing innovative medical program, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. The Medical Center serves a Veteran population of more than 179,000 Veterans in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Medical Center treated over 37,000 unique patients with over 326,000 outpatient visits and 5,600 inpatient stays.

San Francisco VA Medical Center has the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with $83 million in research expenditures in Fiscal Year 2011, and is the home of the nation’s leading non-profit research affiliate, NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute. Areas of particular interest are: prostate cancer, aging, oncology, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, breast cancer, PTSD, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, neurological diseases, health services research, and advanced medical imaging. The Medical Center is one of the few medical centers in the world equipped for studies using both whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy, and is the site of VA’s National Center for the Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

The Medical Center has been affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine for over 50 years. All physicians are jointly recruited by SFVAMC and UCSF School of Medicine. Annually, more than 700 UCSF trainees from 36 programs rotate through the Medical Center.