February 1991: New Research Capability in Florida #ThrowbackThursday
Credit palm trees and ocean breezes for one of the most significant research advances in recent Mayo history. Mayo Clinic Jacksonville’s sunny location was a major factor in luring to the Mayo system an internationally known scientist with an unusual and exciting capability — the ability to synthesize chemical compounds.
Dr. Alan Kozikowski and his team of 10 scientists opened their laboratory in a trailer at Mayo Jacksonville in 1991. The laboratory included the most sophisticated technology available at the time to analyze the molecular structure of substances and to create closely related structures called “analogues,” which could be investigated for possible therapeutic uses.
Dr. Kozikowski called this capability “high-tech medicinal chemistry.” Dr. Joseph Szurszewski, chair of the MCP Research Committee, said that the capability was “badly needed for years” at Mayo.
The Chemistry and Modeling Resource Facility was essentially an in-house drug company available to respond to the needs of researchers throughout the Mayo system for any of a host of compounds.