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New York Genome Center Launches Groundbreaking Consortium to Accelerate Scientific and Clinical Discoveries
Date:9/19/2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Genome Center (NYGC) officially launched its scientific and clinical consortium of academic and industry leaders focused on harnessing genomics to advance the understanding and treatment of disease.  The announcement was made at the start of NYGC's inaugural scientific symposium with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The two-day scientific symposium kicks off the opening of NYGC's new 170,000 square foot research facility in Manhattan and brings together leaders of 16 member institutions to discuss the importance of genomics research for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease.

The symposium features a number of prominent speakers, including Dr. Harold Varmus, Director of the National Cancer Institute, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of The Rockefeller University, Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Dr. Tom Maniatis, Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University and Chair of NYGC's Scientific and Clinical Steering Committee, as well as panelists discussing Pharmacogenomics, Genomics, Quantified Health, and the Future of Big Data on Patient Care.

"The opening of the New York Genome Center is a major achievement in the City's ongoing efforts to advance the bioscience sector in New York City – part of our commitment to diversify the city's economy and create jobs," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The Genome Center's new facility and its groundbreaking approach to collaboration will help solve some of medicine's most challenging problems by bringing together the city's best academic and clinical institutions."

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