Empire State Development Announces Brookhaven National Laboratory Breaks Ground On New Electron Microscope Building in Suffolk County

$15 Million from ESD Will Fund Two Electron Microscopes and a New Lab

December 13, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Brookhaven National Laboratory, a cutting-edge research facility on Long Island, broke ground on a new building to house two new electron microscopes. Both the building and the microscopes were funded by $15 million from ESD through the Transformative Investment Program. The laboratory, which was founded in 1947, employs 2,500 scientists and support staff and hosts more than 4,000 visiting researchers annually.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Brookhaven National Laboratory has been on the cutting edge of innovation for more than seven decades – and this investment will help ensure that remains true. New Yorkers can be proud this award-winning research institution is curing diseases, developing new technologies, and increasing our understanding of the world around us, and ESD is proud to support that mission.”

The two new microscopes will be part of Brookhaven’s Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure, which will dramatically accelerate our understanding of underlying diseases – knowledge that will lead to faster and more effective treatments.

Brookhaven Lab Director Doon Gibbs said, “Cryo-electron microscopy can significantly accelerate scientists’ understanding of molecular structures and processes, leading to positive impacts in understanding disease and the discovery of new drugs. We thank NY State for its continued strong support of Brookhaven Lab and this new Laboratory for BioMolecular Structure, which will advance these efforts and boost the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on Long Island and in NY State.”

Brookhaven National Laboratory was opened in 1947, on the former site of the U.S. military’s Camp Upton. Research at Brookhaven has been honored by seven Nobel Prizes, in addition to National Medals of Science, Enrico Fermi Awards, Wolf Foundation Prizes, and dozens of R&D 100 Awards – among many others. Scientists at Brookhaven have discovered subatomic particles and new forms of matter, while research has led to life-saving medical imaging techniques that revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “This state investment will support thousands of jobs and create a culture of innovation right here in Suffolk County. I thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for championing Brookhaven National Laboratory as a model for how cutting-edge scientific research can launch new industries and life-saving cures.”

Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski, whose district includes Brookhaven National Lab and who is a member of the lab’s Community Advisory Council, said, “This funding will not only benefit Suffolk County and the lab, but medical science as well. BNL hosts some of the most brilliant scientists and researchers in the world and the institution is most deserving of this funding which will help advance their vitally important work.”

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.



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