AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson Drives Home Reasons for Supporting Cancer Research

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson Introduces NSU's AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer ResearchVIDEO LINK | NSU has officially opened its Center for Collaborative Research (CCR), one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida.

As part of the ceremony on September 21, NSU announced a gift from AutoNation to name NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, located within the CCR. The Institute is focused on developing and advancing improved methods of prevention and treatment to ultimately eradicate cancer. The gift to name NSU’s AutoNation Institute brings the company’s cumulative giving to NSU to more than $10 million.

“We are extremely privileged to have the world-class AutoNation Institute right here in our backyard,” said Mike Jackson, chairman, CEO and president of Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, the country’s largest automotive retailer. “We’ve made a commitment to direct our charitable resources to help drive out cancer and initiatives like “Drive Pink” have resonated profoundly with our customers and associates from coast to coast. It’s through innovative research facilities like the AutoNation Institute that our greatest progress is sure to be made.”

Indianapolis 500® Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay joined the festivities to unveil the new AutoNation/Hunter-Reay Research Lab, which is located within NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research. Hunter-Reay is helping support cancer research at NSU through his non-profit, Racing for Cancer, Inc.

Located adjacent to the university’s Health Professions Division complex on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, the 215,000-sq.-ft., six-story Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) is equipped with wet and dry labs; state-of-the-art research equipment, including access to a high-performance computing environment; and other resources, such as Florida LambdaRail, a high-speed broadband service delivery network with connectivity throughout the nation. The CCR building has been submitted to the United States Green Building Council for review with the intent of receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

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