Florida Lures Jackson Lab With $50 Million



BAR HARBOR — The potential expansion of the Jackson Laboratory to southern Florida won support from the state legislature there last week.

 

On March 25, the Florida Senate earmarked $50 million toward the lab’s proposed facility, with another $80 million promised over the next two years. The Florida House has not acted on the issue.

Lab officials declined comment on the proposed funding, citing the ongoing budget process within the Florida government.

The lab’s potential expansion to Florida’s Collier County, just south of Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast, was announced in October 2009. Lab officials said at the time that they were evaluating the feasibility of establishing an institute for personalized medicine there, which would directly apply the lab’s expertise in genomics and bioinformatics to problems of human health and disease.

As now planned, the institute would encompass a roughly 143,000-square-foot building and would sit on a 50-acre plot of land, said lab spokesman Joyce Peterson. The cost of construction, equipment and land acquisition is estimated at $200 million.

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