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Ground-Breaking for Life Sciences Complex

By Dylan Hall

Buffalo, NY – Governor Pataki joined local officials downtown Monday for the groundbreaking of Buffalo's latest addition to its blossoming biomedical research industry.

The $140 million Life Sciences Complex is being constructed on the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute campus. It will serve as the home of UB's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics.

Mark Hamister, chairman of the Buffalo Niagara partnership, said the center will provide Western New York with increased economic security.

"It takes this community into the next century in information technology and in life sciences research and most importantly into the new economy," Hamister said. "The new economy of the life-sciences research, the human genome project, this is about economic growth. It's about jobs. It's about our future."

Bioinformatics is an emerging field that combines high-performance computing with the biological sciences to develop new and more accurate cures for diseases through new therapies and pharmaceuticals.