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.