Hwang welcomes Jackson Labs at groundbreaking

State representatives Tony Hwang, R-134th, and Jonathan Steinberg, D-136th, recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. The company is planning to construct a world class genomic bio-science facility on the UConn Healthcare Campus. The project, which is beginning a year after the state approved $291 million in funding for the laboratory, is projected to bring at least 300 jobs to the state.

The Jackson Laboratory began, in 1929, as a leader in the then new field of genetics. Since then  it has grown from a small group of less than 30 people to an internationally recognized institution of over 1,400 scientists and staff. Along the way, the laboratory has achieved global renown: A Nobel Prize for discoveries in transplantation medicine, a Lasker Award for understanding the molecular basis of obesity, and membership to the National Academy of Sciences for contributions in reproductive biology and metabolism.

The goals of JAX Genomic are to discover precise genomic solutions for disease - and to empower the global scientific community in a shared quest to improve human health through research initiatives in Connecticut.

“I am proud to be a part of the legislative process that brought Jackson Genomics to Connecticut,” said Hwang. “Jackson Labs will help propel Connecticut to become the world leader in genomic and bio-science innovation, and will improve standards of health and medicinal care in our communities. The success and growth of the genomic and bio-science industry in Connecticut will also bring 300 jobs and spur supportive businesses and jobs to a state that is in need of job growth.”

Steinberg said he was confident Jackson Labs would contribute to Connecticut’s success.

“As a global bio-science innovator, they’re helping us build a home-grown industry which will lead to thousands of quality jobs and broaden our tax base,” he said.

Jackson President and CEO Edison Liu said the company would create new economic opportunities in the state.

“We will unite with academic, medical, and business leadership of Connecticut to create an economic engine in a knowledge-based economy,” he said.