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BIOSCIENCE CONNECTICUT

In June 2012, less than a year after the Bioscience Connecticut legislation became law, Governor Dannel Malloy and UConn President Susan Herbst led a groundbreaking ceremony for a multiyear campus revitalization program at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

"Bioscience Connecticut is the cornerstone of Connecticut's economic revitalization. The UConn Health Center will be a catalyst for thousands of new jobs and a thriving bioscience sector for sustained economic growth," said Herbst.

In January 2012, Governor Malloy announced the first success story for the $864-million program: Attracted by Connecticut's major investment in bioscience, Jackson Laboratory, a Maine-based global leader in genetics research, will build a $1-billion facility for personalized medicine on the Farmington campus.

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, which is expected to open in late 2014, will be a strategic partner in the new Bioscience Enterprise Zone, working with medical schools and hospitals at UConn and in the region. Connecticut will be the hub of cutting-edge work on personalized medicine based on genetics for areas such as cancer, aging, neuroscience and reproductive biology.

Support for bricks and mortar is a critical component of Bioscience Connecticut, and will help transform the UConn Health Center campus. Naming opportunities are available throughout the Health Center in the new patient tower, outpatient care center, research facilities, business incubators and academic areas. Every gift makes a difference in the lives of UConn's patients and their loved ones, as well as faculty, staff and students.

"Philanthropy is essential to achieving our aspirations for the UConn Health Center. Support from friends and alumni is more important than ever as we seek to advance the Health Center forward to be a national leader and a strong economic driver for Connecticut," said Frank M. Torti, MD, MPH, executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Additionally, gifts toward the academic, clinical and research missions will strengthen the UConn Health Center's programs as UConn endeavors to expand class sizes at the medical and dental schools, recruit more faculty and enhance clinical services.

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