Smilow Center for Translational Research

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The 10-story Smilow Center for Translational Research brings Penn basic scientists and physicians together to deliver discoveries quickly and effectively to patients. The collaborative, innovative design of the Smilow Center for Translational Research helps research teams accelerate targeted scientific discoveries for a wide range of diseases and train the next generation of physician-scientists. This also provides support to enhance Penn's medical bioinformatics team and infrastructure, allowing researchers to mine large amounts of genetic, imaging, and biomarker data for patterns, and analyze gene sequences and drug targets. The building is physically integrated and shares the same 3400 entrance with Penn's Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Roberts Proton Therapy Center.

Planning Strategy

The focus of the School of Medicine’s Smilow Center for Translational Research is to house research initiatives that integrate the range of biomedical disciplines required to achieve advances in the understanding of disease and the development of new therapies. In addition to providing space for interdisciplinary research, the building’s close physical proximity to Penn Medicine’s patient-care facilities in the new Perelman Center for Advance Medicine facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas among clinicians and researchers on new discoveries, techniques and technologies.


In addition to biomedical laboratories, the building includes clinical/patient-oriented research facilities, imaging, offices, and supportive research space.

Smilow Center for Translational Research

Smilow Center for Translational Research

Building Code: 421
Gross Area (sq. ft.): 531,000 GSF
Phase: Completed
Year Built: 2013
Floors: 10
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects PC
Building Manager
Fishburn, Myra