Building on a biotech foundation that currently boasts an estimated 3000 related jobs in the region, the State University of New York (SUNY; Syracuse, NY) has broken ground on a $20-million research center aimed at creating and supporting biotech, educational, and research programs. The Central New York Biotechnology Research Center is a joint venture between SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, in conjunction with Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York and the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
The 60,000-sq-ft research center is slated to house laboratories, greenhouses, classrooms, and business-incubation facilities. And, developed with the intent to foster biotech innovation with commercial potential, the center will lease space to businesses involved in such areas as medical device development, medical research, and biotechnology. Companies will be able to capitalize on the partners' core competencies in DNA, proteomic, bioinformatic, and tissue engineering technologies.
"This century has been labeled 'The Century of Biology,' and this center helps keep Central New York where it belongs: in the vanguard of scientific innovation and high-tech job creation. It greatly accelerates our efforts to find biomedical and biotechnical solutions to age-old problems of health, vitality, and sustainability," says David R. Smith, president, SUNY Upstate Medical University.