The University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic are partnering in order to bring experimental medications, treatment protocols, and prevention programs to rural parts of the state. The consortium will allow the two research giants to be able to bring new clinical trials to 18 medical sites across the state.

“We are geographically a pretty big state, even though we’re small in population,” Dr. Douglas Yee, Department of Medicine, told the Star Tribune. “There are a lot of patients in greater Minnesota who don’t have access to the things we’re doing here or at the Mayo Clinic.”

The consortium will be supported by $8 million funded by the state in last year's bonding bill.

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