Our Mission

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More than 2,200 employees are working toward one goal: To discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

Mission statement

To discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. 

Founded in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees who are passionate about our mission.

The Laboratory is a world leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics and is developing scientific breakthroughs and improved therapies with ever-greater precision and speed. We also educate current and future scientists and provide critical resources, data, tools, and services to researchers worldwide.

JAX has its mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine including a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center; a genomic medicine facility in Farmington, Conn. enabling translation of fundamental research into the clinic; and facilities in Ellsworth, MaineSacramento, Calif. and Shanghai, China.