The New York Genome Center (NYGC) research facility has officially opened with the announcement of the constituent academic and industrial members.
The consortium of sixteen collaborating local genomic research organisations has been operating for two years already, but the actual centre was opened on 19th September with an inaugural scientific symposium. Members include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and universities including Columbia, Cornell and New York.
The mission of the non-profit NYGC is ‘to transform biomedical research and clinical care in New York and beyond, leading to a new era of genomic medicine’ by integrating DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, data management, and genomics research. The centre says it is also committed to education by providing lectures and events on the latest advances in genomics, including public policy and ethical considerations. It reportedly includes an entire floor devoted to bioinformatics and an offsite server with capacity for up to a pentabyte of data storage.
A similar initiative (though not a genomics-specific one) in London, the Francis Crick Institute, is to open in 2015, with members including the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London.