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Cold Spring Harbor Lab Unveils $100-million Complex

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory unveiled a $100-million complex Friday it says will focus on such diseases as cancer and Alzheimer's.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory unveiled a $100-million complex Friday it says will focus on such diseases as cancer and Alzheimer's.

The six-building, 100,000- square-foot research compound, called the Hillside Laboratories, is the largest expansion in the 119-year history of Cold Spring Harbor Lab, which is located in Laurel Hollow. Opening in July, the facility will create 200 jobs and increase the lab's research space by 40 percent.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory president Bruce Stillman said the new facility will "advance our understanding of cancer and neuroscience - particularly mental disease."

At a dedication ceremony, the keynote speaker, Nobel laureate Phillip Sharp, said researchers using the complex will "generate new discoveries that we cannot even imagine today."
Neurobiology, genetics and quantitative biology research at the lab will target diseases including cancer, autism, Alzheimer's and schizophrenia, aiming to develop new techniques in diagnosing and treating these illnesses.

Stillman also touted what he said was the environmentally friendly nature of the new complex. The new buildings will be 30 percent more energy efficient than current lab standards, he said.
 
The institution raised another $100 million for staff and equipment to go along with the facility.

"Without that, we would just have an empty space," Stillman said.
 
Source: Newsday