UC Irvine broke ground Friday, Oct. 24, on a new stem cell research building that will strengthen and unify this fast-growing field on campus and throughout Southern California. The four-story, 100,636-square-foot building will house the UCI Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, dozens of laboratory-based and clinical researchers, a stem cell techniques course, a master’s program in biotechnology with an emphasis on stem cell research, and programs and activities for patients and public education. The building, to be named Sue and Bill Gross Hall: A CIRM Institute (pictured), is scheduled for completion in July 2010.