The Jackson Laboratory's recent relocation and significant expansion into its $40 million California facility is grounded in a strong commitment to its West Coast customer base. It's also linked to the geographic reality that the distance between Sacramento and our laboratory mouse breeding facilities in Maine is farther than the 3,247 miles that separate Bar Harbor and Paris.
Mouse strains once trucked cross-country to West Coast academic and commercial laboratories are now provided on shorter notice, some within 24 to 48 hours versus eight to 10 days. This capability also lowers the cost per mouse by as much as 25 percent.
"Just look at all the East Coast biomedical research that goes on between Maine and the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, including all the medical centers in the Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. areas," says former Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Rick Woychik, Ph.D. "All that represents only half of the biomedical research that goes on in California. The West Coast biomedical research community is an exciting community, and we're becoming a bigger part of it."
In addition to providing mice, JAX-West offers extensive in vivo services, including cancer and stem cell research collaborations with universities and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. About 100 employees work at the 85,000-square-foot facility.