SACREMENTO, Calif. — The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor has expanded its footprint in a community that is home to the world’s greatest concentration of biomedical researchers. The newly renovated, 85,000-square-foot facility in Sacramento is twice the size of institution’s previous space in West Sacramento.
According to lab president and CEO Rick Woychik, Ph.D., about twice as much biomedical research is conducted in California than in the entire East Coast corridor between Maine and the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. “The West Coast biomedical research community is an exciting community, and we’re becoming a bigger part of it,” Dr. Woychik says. “This means The Jackson Laboratory, and Maine, will benefit from a tremendous income opportunity for many years to come.”
Based in Bar Harbor, The Jackson Laboratory is a private, nonprofit research institution, with 38 research groups focused on understanding the genetics of human health. Over its 80-year history, the lab also developed a special role of supporting the world’s biomedical research community through mice sales and other services.
In 2001 the laboratory established a small facility in West Sacramento, known as The Jackson Laboratory – West, and started offering mouse models and research services to the academic laboratories and pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the western United States. The new JAX – West space in Sacramento will enable more extensive service offerings, including cancer and stem cell research collaborations.
A formal opening ceremony for the JAX – West facility is planned for Wednesday, May 6.