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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his annual State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

UB Gets Investment from State for Genome Research

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) During Wednesday's State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo announced a $100 million investment for a new genome research facility, to be led by UB at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

UB will partner with the recently opened New York Genome Center (NYGC) in Manhattan to accelerate recent advances in genomic medicine directly into clinical care.

The initiative is modeled after the governor’s successful blueprint for nanotechnology innovation in Albany, which has produced groundbreaking research, attracted significant private investment to the region and created thousands of new jobs.

“This important effort draws on many of our greatest assets as a premier research university – including our outstanding faculty, our reputation as a powerhouse in life sciences research and our considerable strength in supercomputing and medical information technology.  With this trifecta of resources, UB is an ideal partner to transform medical diagnosis and treatment,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “We are grateful for Gov. Cuomo’s continued support of the University at Buffalo and his recognition of UB as a national leader in the emerging field of big data genomics, and we’re poised to help make his vision for Buffalo and New York State a reality.”

Genomic medicine is the next frontier in modern medicine, says Cuomo, and New York can lead the way. He says genomic medicine can advance the way diseases are treated, prevented, and managed.

State Senator Tim Kennedy says he's thrilled. "It is a huge momentum boost," says Kennedy. "This genome research facility will not only create jobs but save lives."

Kennedy says this shows Buffalo and Western New York is no longer being ignored by Albany.

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