Governor Hochul Announces Groundbreaking of Cold Spring Harbor Lab's $57 Million Neuroscience Research Complex

December 19, 2022

Project To Support Advancements in Biomedical Research

State Investment of $30 Million Enhances Growing Life Sciences Industry on Long Island

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the groundbreaking of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's $57 million Neuroscience Research Complex on Long Island. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will undertake construction of a new, seven-acre development including three state-of the-art research buildings that will be located on Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's campus at the border of Suffolk and Nassau counties. The 36,437-square-foot Neuroscience Research Complex will further Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's scientific advancement in the areas of neurodegenerative diseases, brain-body physiology, quantitative biology, and neuro-artificial intelligence. Today's groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for the Neuroscience Research Complex, estimated to be complete by December 2025. Empire State Development is supporting this project with a $30 million capital grant as part of the Transformative Investment Program funding allocated to Long Island.

"With these strategic investments, we are solidifying this region's standing as a powerhouse for the life sciences industry and building the next great innovation hub right here on Long Island," Governor Hochul said. "Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's work lies at the cutting edge of biomedical research and, thanks to a significant State investment, this new facility will allow it to achieve new and exciting breakthroughs in neuroscience. Here in New York State, we are committed to growing the jobs and businesses of the future and ensuring that our state remains competitive in the 21st century economy."

"The Empire State is committed to making Long Island the nation's premier hub for life sciences innovation," said Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "Today's groundbreaking of the Neuroscience Research Complex will support medical research that will lead to life-changing medicine and treatments that will improve the lives of New Yorkers on Long Island and across the State."

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's research is crucial in the effort to drive innovation and discovery in biomedical research. Scientists at the Neuroscience Research Complex will focus on medical research for the betterment of human health, including cognition and mapping the wiring diagram of the human brain. This innovative technology will have a profound impact on both developmental neurological disorders such as autism and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Additional phases of the development project will include a dedicated Neuro-AI building, space for meetings and educational programs, and a pancreatic cancer therapeutics testing facility.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "ESD is proud to support this exciting new complex, which will advance cutting-edge research that will both advance the regional and statewide life sciences industry but, more importantly, improve the daily lives of people suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. By strategically investing in our best assets, such as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we are helping to map a healthier and more hopeful future for New York."

Read the full press release here.