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La Jolla Institute to develop San Diego's first center for RNAi genomics research
Date:10/8/2010

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Duane Roth, CEO of CONNECT, an industry group supporting the San Diego life sciences and technology sectors, said a dedicated RNAi Center will be an important addition for San Diego. "San Diego has one of the densest concentrations of biomedical research talent in the world which makes this cutting-edge Center an absolute necessity for our region," he said. "I think it's a testament to the La Jolla Institute's excellence that the NIH has entrusted them with this leadership role in establishing an RNAi Center. This funding insures that the San Diego research community will remain a vanguard in technology-based biomedical research."

Dr. Kronenberg said the Center's creation as a publically funded facility makes it unique and important for the San Diego region, the state and the nation. "There are only a handful of RNAi Centers around the country," he said. "Ours, unlike a number of the Centers, is designed to be openly shared with other research institutes," he said. "While San Diego and immunology will be our Center's primary focus, the La Jolla Institute will certainly attract researchers from institutions in other parts of the nation."

Dr. Kronenberg added that in addition to propelling immunology research at the La Jolla Institute, "a resource such as this will undoubtedly catalyze a broad base of basic and clinical investigations beyond our walls. This will undoubtedly invigorate other genetics-based research in our region and elsewhere around the country and create a self-sustaining and highly collaborative resource that will significantly advance efforts to target diseases at the genetic level."

The RNAi Center grant award originated from the Office of the Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, who was the leader of the publicly funded project to sequence the human genome. It is funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Stimulus Package") and targeted to support research
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