NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $105 million partnership between the NY Genome Center (NYGC) and the University at Buffalo’s Center for Computational Research. The goal is to enable genetic discoveries that will potentially save lives by transforming how health care impacts patients.

The partnership is also expected to create new jobs in the state. The NYGC is planning to add 500 positions in Manhattan, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus plans similar employee growth in the short term and more over time. The NYGC will receive $55 million from the state, and center officials say they are committed to match it dollar for dollar with funds raised separately. With this new alliance, the NYGC will be fully focused on implementing advanced genomic research and expanding its applications, they add.

“The incredibly potent combination of genomic medicine and the analytic power of today’s super computers will change our approach to health care,” said Robert Darnell, M.D., Ph.D., NYGC’s CEO, president and scientific director. “With these new technologies, we can begin to visualize treatments and cures for diseases such as cancers, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Parkinson’s. That’s what the New York Genome Center is all about, and as a result of Governor Cuomo’s vision this partnership will rapidly enhance our capabilities. We are grateful for the Governor’s dedication to this worthy mission.”

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