BAR HARBOR – Construction on the Jackson Lab’s new Center for Biometric Analysis (CBA) is underway.
For 85 years, The Jackson Laboratory has spear headed scientific research involving genetics and human diseases.
“There are many different diseases and areas of biology that we will be able to study in the CBA,” said Jacqui White, the director of the new building, “We’ll be able to study how we learn, memory and what happens when things go wrong.”
With science constantly changing, Jackson Laboratory is gaining a new building to continue to meet its demand.
“The new building allow us to extend our capacity to study our mice – our genetic model for disease,” she said.
Giving them a controlled environment to do their experiments without any interruptions from things such as vibrations.
“It’s designed to be able to get the right temperature, humidity and lighting level for our animals to make sure that they are looked after the best that we can,” said White, “To make them the very best for our research.”
This new building and a Jackson Laboratory opening in Ellsworth, is expected to bring in more jobs.
“The next phase of expansion in scientific research, will result in a 130-140 employees in growth in the next several year,” said Project Manager, Patrick Taber.
They received a bond from the state of Maine for $10 million. The Jackson Laboratory donated another $11 million, raising a total of $21 million.
“I just can’t wait until we’re in it,” said White, “It’s going to be another year until we are actually in the building. I see the steel work and it’s exciting, but I can picture the day that we take ownership.”
The lab is expecting to be fully open in January of next year.