New York governor Andrew Cuomo has broken ground on the $75m Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Center for Therapeutics Research project to support the biotechnology, research and academic community on Long Island.
The new centre will support the ongoing advancements in fundamental biology research in the areas of breast cancer, leukaemia, autism, obesity/diabetes, and lung cancer therapeutics.
Covering an area of 26,000 sq ft, the research facility will create 30 new scientific jobs and will help retain the jobs of 25 scientists.
During the construction phase, the project will create 99 full-time jobs and indirectly support 58 full-time jobs with other Long Island businesses.
Scheduled to become operational by the end of 2018, the centre will attract chemists that will take targets produced from biologists and refine them for next-generation therapies, which will form the basis of new partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry.
Governor Cuomo said: “New York is a leader in next generation technology and sciences, and with the ground breaking of the new Center for Therapeutics Research in Cold Spring Harbor, we are supporting developments in research and medicine that will save lives.
“The Center will create new jobs, broaden our understanding of medicine and treatment, and secure Long Island's place as a hub for life science research that will support a stronger, healthier New York for all."