Ceremony highlights UConn Jackson Lab project

Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 1:50 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced a final agreement between Connecticut and a Maine-based research lab to build a new bioscience facility at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

Two state boards unanimously approved the agreement Thursday. Malloy called the deal historic.

“What we’re talking about is the creation of the next generation of jobs,” Malloy said.

The final deal with The Jackson Laboratory gives preference to Connecticut workers who apply for the new jobs, at least 300 over 10 years. Connecticut vendors also will be given preference.

The deal also includes an agreement on intellectual property developed at the new lab, which will focus on personalized genomic medicine. The state of Connecticut will share a portion of net royalties, depending on the proceeds.

Recent legislation earmarked $291 million in state borrowing to help build the facility.

Malloy said the state hasn’t made these kinds of investments before.

Malloy joined officials including Edison Liu, president of the laboratory, UConn President Susan Herbst and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith at a ceremony Thursday.

Jackson has promised 661 jobs over 20 years.

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