Clarkson University Enters Biotech Partnership

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Clarkson University is teaming up with the state and a world-renowned research center to grow the region's biotechnology industry.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the partnership Wednesday.

Clarkson, the state and the Trudeau Institute will "form a world-class biotech enterprise and further establish the region as a premier center of biotechnology research and development."

The governor's office said Clarkson and the Trudeau Institute, a world-renowned center for immunological research in Saranac Lake, have separately led the region in high-tech research - Trudeau in immunology and infectious disease and Clarkson in engineering, science and entrepreneurship.

By working together, the two institutions have the capacity to cover the full spectrum of biotechnology and dramatically energize the research to commercialization biotech product process, the governor said.

Cuomo said the partnership will attract new investment, save more than 80 jobs at the Trudeau Institute, and encourage the commercialization of new technologies that will lead to creation of new companies and bring hundreds of jobs to the north country.

New York state will invest up to $35 million over five years to support the R&D efforts between Clarkson and Trudeau, including establishing and coordinating scientific research and expanding education and technology-based economic development.

These activities include research into the use of fine particles for medicine, pharmacy, biotech, nanotech and bioengineering programs at Clarkson and extend to additional areas such as instrumentation and devices, and other biomedical engineering initiatives in the North Country that would not be possible by either institution acting on its own.

See Cuomo's news release

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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