COLLEGE RECEIVES $5 MILLION PORTION OF STATE BIOTECHNOLOGY GRANT
Valhalla, N.Y., September 13, 2006 – New York State Senator Nick Spano today announced $20 million in State funding to support the development of three significant biotechnology projects in Westchester County. New York Medical College will receive $5 million to establish the Hudson Valley Center for Health Sciences, Biotechnology and Public Health.
Another $5 million has been awarded to the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) to establish the Center on Disability, Health and Technology, and $10 million will be used by AMDeC, a consortium of 35 of New York’s top medical schools, academic health centers and medical research organizations, to establish a shared-use mouse facility.
The initiative will help launch New York Medical College as a regional resource that will contribute to advances in four areas: disaster medicine, regenerative medicine, emerging infectious diseases, and bioethics. College president and chief executive officer Rev. Msgr. Harry C. Barrett, D.Min., M.P.H., praised Sen. Spano for bringing a “multifaceted and comprehensive approach to promoting biomedical research and economic development in Westchester.
“New York Medical College has been contributing steadily to that growth through research, education and health care,” said Barrett. “The new Center will bring together the best minds in medicine, science, public health and bioethics, catalyzing a wealth of resources that can address some of our most pressing regional and national health concerns. Together we can help to ensure that scientific progress is released quickly to industry, that the health of vulnerable populations is a top priority in a disaster or public health emergency, and that the ethical underpinnings of research and medicine are an integral part of biomedical progress and not just an afterthought.”
The $20 million funding package, which will be disbursed over a period of two years, comes from the New York State Gen*NY*sis initiative ($15 million) and from the New York State Senate ($5 million).