NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Jackson Laboratory today announced a $10 million gift to create a new genomics and computational biology research center.
The Roux Family Center for Genomics and Computation Biology is being created with a $5 million gift from technology investor David Roux and his wife Barbara and a matching $5 million donation from Jackson Lab in order to facilitate research into genetically based diseases, treatments for the disorders, and ways to prevent them. The new center is being endowed with three new faculty chair positions. A permanent fund will also be created to recruit staff and drive research and discovery, Jackson Lab said.
In a statement, Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu noted the Roux's gift comes amid a challenging time for research organizations seeking public funding. The donation also comes a few weeks after the opening of the 183,500-square-foot Jackson Laboratory of Genomic Medicine on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center.