Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy visits Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) yesterday hosted members of the Empire State Regional Development Council responsible for the Long Island region, as they gathered to discuss new business.
The Council was joined by Hon. Robert J. Duffy, New York State's Lieutenant Governor, who chairs the state's regional economic development councils, and CSHL's President, Dr. Bruce Stillman.
"This is a great intersection of public health and economic development," said Lt. Governor Duffy of CSHL. "This is a jewel in New York State and to see the brain power and expertise we have here makes us all very proud."
"Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is honored to host this meeting of the Council," Dr. Stillman remarked. "We appreciate the supportive role it plays in providing new economic opportunities for Long Islanders, as exemplified by its recent pledge of $2 million in support of an Advanced Drug Testing Facility that CSHL will soon build on the grounds of our Woodbury Genome Center."
CSHL, which looks forward to its 125th anniversary in 2015, is not only an important part of the rich history of Long Island, but is also a major local economic driver that employs nearly 1200 people. Close to half that number is Ph.D.s, and the research they collectively perform is world-renowned: CSHL has been rated the #1 institution in the world for its productivity in the fields of molecular biology and genetics — above peer institutions like MIT and Harvard.
The Laboratory, which has spun off over 20 start-up companies in the life sciences field, including OSI Pharmaceuticals, has doubled in size over the last decade. Yesterday's meeting was held in one of the six new buildings on CSHL's Hillside campus — a high-tech expansion completed in 2009 that increased research capacity by 40%, which as Dr. Stillman noted, could not have happened without support from New York State.
The Advanced Drug Testing Facility that is the target of State Regional Development Council funding is the cornerstone of CSHL's bold new Cancer Therapeutics Initiative that will accelerate the development of more effective and less toxic cancer drugs.
For more on Empire State Development: http://esd.ny.gov/index.html
for more on the Long Island Regional Development Council: http://esd.ny.gov/RegionalOverviews/LongIsland/InsideRegion.html
About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 360 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,500 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.