The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine: Discovering precise genomic solutions for disease

JAX Genomic MedicineTo accelerate genomic medicine, The Jackson Laboratory in October 2014 opened a $135 million state-of-the-art genomics research center on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn.

Scientists at the 183,500-square-foot JAX Genomic Medicine facility – built with funding from the state of Connecticut – are researching how the genome drives health and disease. Our ultimate goal is to develop individualized diagnostics, treatments and cures for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, thereby improving health care, lowering costs and increasing life span and health span.

JAX Genomic Medicine draws on the genetics, genomics and computational biology expertise of our growing faculty, recruited from among the world’s best scientists; the Laboratory’s eight decades of research in mammalian genetics; and the clinical expertise of partner universities and hospitals in Connecticut and beyond.

Within the next few years, 300 biomedical researchers, technicians and support staff will work at JAX Genomic Medicine, and employment will eventually grow to 600. Discoveries there will not only advance personalized medicine but will create new jobs and businesses to grow Connecticut’s bioscience industry.