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Minnesota medical powerhouses join forces


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Three Minnesota powerhouses announced they are coming together for a common good: Mayo Clinic, The Hormel Institute, and The University of Minnesota.

These three names alone are prestigious enough, put them all together and you get one of the world's best medical research institutions. That is the common goal after finalizing a collaborative agreement Early Tuesday afternoon.

"The areas of life sciences, research, and advances, these are ones that are really a common interest to us all and this collaborate agreement will help us move forward in achieving the goals and objectives of this," said Dr. Glenn Forbes of Mayo Clinic.

Richard Knowlton, Chairman of The Hormel Institute added, "Being able to bring forth, to make living a little better for everybody and for making education a little better for everyone."

This coming together has been a goal of the 3 parties since the Hormel Institute tripled in size back in 2008.

"We're going to work collaboratively and endeavor to use available funding and research efforts, significant bio technology discoveries, improve health of individuals throughout the world and advance the understanding of disease or disease processes," said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler.

In the eyes of this new institute, fighting a disease like cancer starts before the effects of it show up.

"We cannot completely stop the problem, but if we focus on prevention, we hope one day, there will be no such disease in the world. That will be the real solution," said Dr. Zigang Dong of The Hormel Institute.

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