Genomic Medicine Center to Benefit Science & WNY Economy

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) The New York State Legislature is now in session and looking at Governor Cuomo's executive agenda for 2014.

One of the things that Governor Cuomo has proposed is the creation of a genomic medicine center in Western New York.

The 100 million dollar project would partner UB, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the NY Genome Center in Manhattan to perform cutting edge research on the human gene and DNA structure.

The University at Buffalo will play a major role as the genomic medicine center will be headquartered in the UB Center of Excellence in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.

The plan is to have the genomic medicine center fully operational in five years.

It is estimated that 600 jobs will be created as part of this initiative.

Computers are a key part of genomic research and UB's supercomputers are scheduled to be upgraded for the project.

Some of the 100 million dollars is coming from the Buffalo Billion plan that was put forth by Governor Cuomo.

The rest of the money needs to be approved by the State Legislature.

Several companies have already committed to move to Western New York or expand operations in Buffalo to support the project.

UB officials said as soon as the funding is approved by the State Legislature, work will commence expanding UB's genetic program, hiring new researchers, and upgrading the university's supercomputer system.