BAR HARBOR, Maine — Officials with The Jackson Laboratory are looking into the possibility of collaborating with medical research institutions in an applied research campus proposed for New York City.
Jackson Lab spokeswoman Joyce Peterson said in an email this week that the potential collaboration amounts to “a big grant proposal.” She said lab officials and the potential partner institutions are not ready to make any kind of announcement.
“The news will come at the end of 2011 if the research institutions that [Jackson Lab] is combining forces with are successful in a proposal to the City of New York,” Peterson wrote in the email.
Without going into specifics, Peterson added that the New York collaboration would be “very different” from a proposal the lab had floated in Florida, first in Collier County and then in Sarasota County.
Jackson Lab had sought millions of dollars in state and county funding in Florida for partnering with other research institutions in creating a personalized medical research facility. In June, the lab decided to scrap the idea after it became clear that the state would not be able to contribute as much money toward the project as the lab had hoped.
In March, around the same time the lab shifted its now-defunct Florida plans from Collier County to Sarasota County, New York officials announced the lab was one of 27 institutions that had submitted 18 proposals for developing an applied science and engineering research campus in New York City.
Other institutions working with Jackson Lab on the same proposal include The New York Genome Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University and Rockefeller University, according to a press release issued earlier this year by the New York City Economic Development Corp.
The city indicated it is expected to issue a formal request for proposals this summer and hopes to select one by the end of the year for development.
“For New York City, it’s an opportunity to increase dramatically our potential for economic growth — a game-changer for our economy,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in the release. “The day when a new campus opens its doors is still far down the road, but the quality of initial responses is an incredibly promising sign that it can and will become a reality.”