New York Genome Center launches with The Jackson Laboratory, 10 other top biomedical institutions

Date: November 3, 2011
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New York, N.Y.—The Jackson Laboratory joins 10 top New York medical and academic research institutes in founding the New York Genome Center (NYGC). Launched at a ceremony in New York today, the NYGC will become one of the largest genomic facilities in North America, providing Jackson researchers with access to vastly increased sequencing capability and expertise.

“The Jackson Laboratory is proud to be a founding member of the New York Genome Center,” said the Laboratory’s incoming president and CEO, Edison Liu, M.D. “The Center will bring valuable new resources to Jackson scientists, who have been pioneers in the complex genetics of mammalian systems such as the mouse, as it is used to understand the basic mechanisms of disease.”

The Jackson Laboratory is the only non-New York institution among NYGC’s collaborating academic medical centers and research universities: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York University/NYU School of Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System, The Rockefeller University and Stony Brook University. The Hospital for Special Surgery is an associate founding member.

Together, the partner institutions reach well over five million patients and are known as leaders in a variety of medical specialties in which gene-based medicine will have a huge impact in the coming years.

With support from the City of New York as well as private companies and foundations, the independent, nonprofit consortium will establish a 120,000-square-foot facility, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, to be located in Manhattan. The Center will begin operations as early as spring 2012.

Through this collaboration, scientists and physicians from member institutions will share diverse clinical and genomic data on a scale not yet realized in order to discover the molecular underpinnings of disease, identify and validate biomarkers, and accelerate development of novel diagnostics and targeted therapeutics to improve clinical care.

The NYGC is particularly important to Jackson because on Oct. 26, the State of Connecticut authorized $291 million to create The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. This new facility of The Jackson Laboratory will be located on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn., and will have a specific focus on systems genetics and genomic medicine of human disorders. “As such,” explains Liu, “The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will be the anchor for translational medicine for the JAX enterprise and, together with The Jackson Laboratory in Maine, will provide the comparative systems genomics that can identify the complex genetic factors causing a range of human diseases.

“In direct partnership with the University of Connecticut Health Center, we will be working with clinicians and patients to develop the tools and strategies to deliver personalized disease management such as comprehensive diagnostics that can tailor the selection of efficacious therapeutics for each individual patient. Going forward, JAX and our clinical partners at UConn will deeply engage the New York Genome Center and sister member institutions in building and strengthening our collective enterprise,” Liu said.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., a planned facility in Farmington, Conn., and a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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