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After 15 Years, AMDeC Shutting Down

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – AMDeC, the Academy for Medical Development and Collaboration, is closing its doors after 15 years.

In a statement issued late Friday, the organization said that its board has voted to shutter the organization, established 15 years ago to provide support to the biomedical research community in the New York area. It did not provide a reason and a spokesperson for AMDeC declined to provide additional details.

AMDeC was founded in 1997 and among the 19 member institutions listed on its website are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Rockefeller University; NYU Langone Medical Center; and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Among its achievements, it noted, was a study of more than 18,000 ethnically diverse New York residents to understand the effect of environment, diet, family history, and genetics on the development of cancer.

AMDeC institutions also managed a microarray resource center to support researchers using gene expression technologies and created a vendor partnership program for preferred pricing on products, services, and instruments for life science research.

The announcement of its closure follows AMDeC President and CEO Maria Mitchell outlining goals and plans to GenomeWeb Daily News last September to help its members pool resources and access savings and services to in order to weather the economic downturn.

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