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Harvard's Wyss Institute Inaugurates New Labs in Boston, Cambridge

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has officially inaugurated a combined 60,000 square feet of office and laboratory space — the entire fifth floor of the Center for Life Science Boston building on Harvard's Longwood campus; and the fourth floor of 60 Oxford St. in Cambridge, Mass.

During a Nov. 29 ceremony marking the formal opening of the labs, Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman said the new space would help the institute as it creates a new model of how Harvard commercializes innovations from its laboratories, according to an account on the university's official news website, the Harvard Gazette.

Wyss has nearly 200 researchers and support staffers engaged in projects led by 16 core faculty members and a group of associated faculty drawn from several Harvard schools and affiliated institutions, including Harvard Medical School, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and several affiliated hospitals.

The Wyss Institute focuses on technology development and translation in research disciplines ranging from medicine to bioenergy. The Institute was launched in January 2009 with a $125 million gift from Swiss engineer and businessman Hansjörg Wyss, representing the largest single philanthropic gift in the history of Harvard University.

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