Science Market Update

Stony Brook Life Science Research Vaults into Big League with $150M Gift

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Tue, Dec 20, 2011

stony brook research giftThe recent news out of New York regarding SUNY Stony Brook's future could not be better: a private donation to the Long Island university of $150 million will not only secure the future of its science programs but will allow Stony Brook to move up in order of magnitude into the ranks of top life science research institutions nationwide.  The gift was made by the Simons Foundation, with the agreement by New York State that it will institute a new tuition structure for wealthier students and commit to a $35 million capital construction plan.  The gift will go towards insuring research excellence in the School of Medicine, hiring top research faculty, and recruiting the best graduate students.

(Investment mogul and philanthropist Jim Simons was formerly a mathematics professor at Stony Brook, picture right, courtesy of Newsday)


The new biomedical research funding will focus on these areas:

  • Neurosciences - including faculty, equipment, and a new Advanced Neuroscience Institute
  • Cancer - with a goal to obtaining National Cancer Institute designation
  • Infectious Disease - building on one of Stony Brook's strongest biomedical areas
  • Enabling Technologies -  such as imaging, genomics, and biomedical informatics

Additionally, Stony Brook will be building a new life science research facility, the Medical and Research Translation (MART) center to act as a hub of interdisciplinary research and development for the School of Medicine.  (Drawing courtesy of Stony Brook University)

biomedical research building

Details about the future MART building include:

  • Funded through NY State $35M investment and $50M Simons grant
  • Located next to hospital
  • 8-level building with 250,000sf
  • Devoted to imaging, neurosciences and cancer research
  • 25 cancer biology labs
  • Integrated clinical and educational facilities

Biotechnology Calendar Inc. invites Long Island area biomedical and life science researchers to attend its 7th Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ event on the Stony Brook University campus on October 18, 2012. The event is an excellent place for researchers and suppliers of medical equipment and laboratory tools to meet and discuss the latest advances in technology. See the schedule for our Northeast Region shows or all of our shows nationwide. Click below for information on the October event and a funding report:

stony brook medical center



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