Governor Pataki Pledges $20 Million for Biotechnology Center
Part of New High Tech Corridor
SYRACUSE, N.Y. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will be a partner in the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center, which will be constructed with $20 million in state funding.
New York Gov. George Pataki announced the funding during a news conference in Syracuse Monday.
The biotechnology center will help meet the challenges of the 21st century, with researchers developing new biomedical and biotechnical products for a wide range of uses.
ESF President Cornelius B. Murphy Jr. said the center would create 250 jobs when it opens, and as many as 1,000 jobs over five years. He listed the products that could be developed at the center: solutions to joint and spine ailments, cures for heart problems, biofuels for sustainable energy, and disease resistant trees to benefit New York’s forest products industries.
Pataki predicted the new center will be part of a high-tech corridor that will follow the same path across the state as the Erie Canal. And as the Erie Canal opened New York for commerce, Pataki said, the high-tech corridor will do the same for economic development in the coming years.
"This is an important initiative and it’s what we have to do to compete successfully in the 21st century," Pataki said.