The Jackson Laboratory tells Connecticut legislature it’s on schedule with new genomic medicine institute

Date: September 24, 2012
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Farmington, Conn.—The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, now operating in temporary space on the UConn Health Center campus, is meeting its promised milestones for job creation and facilities planning and design, reports a status document that The Jackson Laboratory submitted to the Connecticut legislature today.

Download CT Progress ReportThe report details the progress on design and planning for the new Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, with groundbreaking scheduled for January. The Laboratory is also on track to meet its hiring goal of 27 new employees by the end of 2012, with 21 individuals already hired and contract discussions with seven more scientists under way. Other highlights:

Jackson collaborates with Connecticut hospitals for better cancer care

This summer, the UConn Health Center and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford joined The Jackson Laboratory’s Human Tumor Consortium, with other Connecticut hospitals on track to join the project. The Consortium is vital to new, personalized approaches to cancer treatment.

Connecticut insurers explore better health outcomes, lower costs with Jackson

A group of prominent Connecticut insurance executives have met with leaders from The Jackson Laboratory to discuss opportunities for collaboration. By identifying and targeting the highest-cost cancers in adults and children, Laboratory investigators and private insurers hope to improve patient treatment outcomes, shorten hospital stays and decrease health care spending in Connecticut and the nation.

Scientific symposium unites Jackson, UConn researchers

About 50 scientists and other professional staff from The Jackson Laboratory traveled this month from Bar Harbor, Maine, Farmington and Sacramento, Calif., to the campus of the University of Connecticut at Storrs for the first joint Jackson-UConn scientific symposium, intended to spark research collaborations.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., and a new genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn. It employs a total staff of more than 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.

Download the progress report on our new genomic medicine institute in Conn.

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Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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