Medical research facility begins $2.75M renovation

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A $2.75 million renovation at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory has kicked off, the Utica-based facility announced.

The second and third floors “will be entirely reconfigured” in the project, the laboratory said.

The second floor will have “an updated, open concept laboratory space, fit with modern laboratory modules...,” the announcement said. In addition, “there will be general high technology advances throughout the third floor.” It noted a 6,800-square-feet renovation.

The renovated area “will help transition traditional electrophysiology to more innovative research that both combines and coordinates electrophysiology with molecular biology and genetics technology,” the announcement noted.

The laboratory will receive $500,000 in state economic development funds, the announcement said.

The balance of the expense will come from a mix of laboratory resources, including current funds as well as future fundraising efforts.

State and local elected officials praised the project, including state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome; Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.; and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.

“I believe that this investment has the potential to save lives and help people in the region, across the country and around the world,” said David F. Schneeweiss, president of the laboratory’s Board of Directors.

He thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Utica-area legislators “for supporting this project which is vital to helping us recruit and retain the scientists who will use these new facilities to make cutting-edge discoveries with the potential to save lives.”

The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory is a not-for-profit institute founded by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York in 1958.

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