The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) celebrated the opening of the Charles E. Hewett Center in Ellsworth, Maine on August 23, 2018. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, state-of-the-art vivarium featured JAX leaders and U.S., Maine, and local government officials. The new facility represents the culmination of nine decades of unmatched experience and leadership in breeding and caring for laboratory mice. The Charles E. Hewett Center will benefit JAX employees and mice, the state of Maine, and ultimately, the global biomedical research community as it enables wider access to vital JAX mouse resources.
The namesake of the new facility is JAX’s Executive Vice President and former Chief Operating Officer, Charles E. Hewett. Dr. Hewett launched numerous research products and services; completed new research laboratories in Bar Harbor; expanded and relocated the Laboratory’s California operations; conceived and lead the development of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Connecticut; and established the vision for this new mouse production facility in Ellsworth.
Dr. Hewett said, “We are proud to be headquartered in Maine, where we are one of our state’s largest private employers, bringing in more than $800 million in economic activity each year and providing more than 1,500 jobs. We look forward to partnering with the Ellsworth community to advance vital biomedical research around the world.”
Media coverage of the Charles E. Hewett Center ribbon cutting ceremony:
Hartford Courant: As Personalized Medicine Grows, Jackson Lab Expands Maine Mouse Facility
Maine Public: New Jackson Laboratory Facility Brings Hopes of News Jobs, Economic Development to Ellsworth
News Center Maine: Jackson Laboratory officially opens its doors in Ellsworth
Ellsworth American: New JAX Lab facility opens in Ellsworth
Mainebiz: Jackson Lab’s new Ellsworth production facility now open for business
Bangor Daily News: New Jackson Lab facility could be catalyst to grow biotech business in Ellsworth