The Federal Government has invested $40m to back the formation of a powerful new partnership between the University of South Australia and SA Pathology to accommodate and support the growth of the Centre for Cancer Biology. The CCB will form part of the University's significant health and biomedical footprint in the North Terrace hospital precinct and will be housed in a new facility currently being planned.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the move will help to sustain and grow expertise in cancer research in South Australia. Co-directors at the CCB, Professors Angel Lopez and Sharad Kumar, believe the partnership will support the development of a cancer research community of enormous depth and capacity in South Australia.

"Already the CCB is an exciting place for fundamental research in the causes of cancer and for cancer treatment but this partnership will allow us to grow that expertise and develop a larger team," Prof Lopez said.

"New relationships and facilities will mean we can attract the right people to join the Centre - the best and brightest, and as a Centre, contribute significant research to the fight against cancer,” said Prof Kumar.