Our History

NYGC has made a significant impact in the medical, academic, and economic landscape of New York by forging unparalleled partnerships in academia, attracting scientific talent, and generating new jobs in research, informatics, healthcare, and other sectors of the local and statewide economy.

2014
New Collaboration

March 19 2014
The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration

The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration

“As genomic research progresses and information becomes more available, we aim to make the process of analysis much more practical and accessible through cloud-based, cognitive innovations like Watson,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research. “With this knowledge, doctors will be able to attack cancer and other devastating diseases with treatments that are tailored to the patient’s and disease’s own DNA profiles. If successful, this will be a major transformation that will help improve the lives of millions of patients around the world.”

Milestone

February 28 2014
Researchers Discover Unusual Genetic Mutation Linked to Adolescent Cancer

Researchers Discover Unusual Genetic Mutation Linked to Adolescent Cancer

In the race for better treatments and possible cures, rare diseases are often left behind. In a collaboration of researchers at The Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the New York Genome Center (NYGC), an unusual mutation has been found that is strongly linked to one such disease: a rare liver cancer that affects teens and young adults.

Milestone

January 22 2014
NYGC Purchases Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System

NYGC Purchases Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System

Illumina‘s HiSeq X Ten positions NYGC to sequence and process genomic data within three days for a reduced cost of approximately $1,000 per genome.

2013
Milestone

November 7 2013
NYGC Kicks Off Evening Lecture Series

NYGC Kicks Off Evening Lecture Series

NYGC kicks off its Evening Lectures in Genomics series with Columbia University population geneticist Molly Przeworski and her talk, “An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Meiotic Recombination”.

Milestone

September 20 2013
NYGC's First Scientific Symposium

NYGC's First Scientific Symposium

In celebration of its official opening, NYGC holds its first Scientific Symposium: Innovation in the Genetic World: A New Architecture for Collaboration, beginning with a conversation between NYGC President and Scientific Director Robert Darnell and Jim Watson.

The panels are Pharmacogenomics: From Innovation to Patient Impact and Genomics and Quantified Health: The Future Impact of Big Data on Patient Care. Speakers include Laurie Glimcher, George Yancopoulos, Tuuli Lappalainen, Robert Darnell, Deborah Estrin, Leslie Greengard, Mark Gerstein, and George Yancopoulos.

 

Milestone

September 19 2013
NYGC Officially Open for Business

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Mayor Bloomberg announces the official opening of the New York Genome Center’s permanent facility. Dr. Harold Varmus, NCI Director and Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of The Rockefeller University, deliver NYGC’s inaugural evening keynote address.

New Collaboration

September 2013
The New York Stem Cell Foundation Joins NYGC

The New York Stem Cell Foundation Joins NYGC

The New York Stem Cell Foundation, an independent research institute that accelerates cures and better treatments for patients through stem cell research, joins the New York Genome Center as an Associate Member.

“We are excited to work with NYGC as we continue to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time. This will enable collaboration within the growing biotechnology community in New York,” says Susan L. Solomon, CEO of The New York Stem Cell Foundation. “NYSCF has a number of current projects in which additional genomic analysis may play a critical role in better understanding disease susceptibility and risk factors. We hope to work with NYGC to integrate their genomic analysis into our research.“

New Collaboration

September 2013
American Museum of Natural History Joins NYGC

American Museum of Natural History Joins NYGC

The American Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions, joins the New York Genome Center as an Associate Member.

“The lessons we learn from non-human evolution, enhanced by sophisticated technologies such as genome sequencing, can be used to understand diverse organisms that include those microbes capable of spreading disease around the globe. Museum scientists help medical researchers determine the origin, evolution, and diversity of pathogens as well as how they have adapted to humans. With the New York Genome Center as a partner, we look forward to expanding these important research investigations and many others that call upon state-of-the-art sequencing technologies,” says Michael Novacek, the Museum’s senior vice president and provost for science.

Technology

August 2013
NYGC: Home to World Class Technology

NYGC: Home to World Class Technology

NYGC adds five Illumina Hi-Seq 2500 sequencers, bringing the total to 16.

Milestone

July 2013
NYGC Moves Into Its New Facility

NYGC Moves Into Its New Facility

NYGC laboratory operations move into its new sequencing facility at 101 Avenue of the Americas.

New Collaboration

April 2013
Roswell Park Cancer Institute Joins NYGC

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Joins NYGC

A nationally-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY, Roswell Park Cancer Institute joins NYGC as an Associate Member in a unique collaboration designed to accelerate the clinical applications for genome sequencing in oncology.

“We are enthusiastic about the potential this collaboration brings to our cancer research capabilities and what it will mean for future treatment options,” says Donald Trump, MD, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

New Collaboration

April 2013
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Joins NYGC

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Joins NYGC

One of the nation’s premier centers for research, medical education, and clinical investigation, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University becomes NYGC’s 12th Institutional Founding Member.

“The New York Genome Center will become one of the largest genomics and bioinformatics facilities in the country. Albert Einstein College of Medicine is pleased to join other leading biomedical research institutions as a founding member,” says Allen M. Spiegel, MD, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Einstein. “Working together, we can significantly improve our understanding of genetics and help transform biomedical research with the goal of better understanding disease and improving patient care. It is the unique collaborations that NYGC will allow us access to that will dramatically expand our opportunities for large-scale genomics studies not previously possible.”

Milestone

February 2013
NYGC's First Large Scale Sequencing Project

NYGC's First Large Scale Sequencing Project

NYGC undertakes a large-scale Alzheimer’s sequencing study with Peter Davies, PhD at North Shore-LIJ.

On the work with NYGC Davies remarks, “The collaboration with New York Genome Center is so wonderful. With their collaboration, we have access to some very well-educated people in the area of sequencing. We’re gaining enormously from that.”

2012
Funding Milestone

December 2012
NYGC: $100 Million Funding Milestone Reached

Milestone

November 2012
NYGC Appoints President and Scientific Director

NYGC Appoints President and Scientific Director

Robert B. Darnell, MD, PhD, is named President and Scientific Director of NYGC.

Milestone

September 2012
NYGC Scientific and Clinical Steering Committee Established

NYGC Scientific and Clinical Steering Committee Established

NYGC’s Scientific and Clinical Steering Committee established with Columbia University’s Tom Maniatis as Chair.

Milestone

July 2012
NYGC Headquarters Lease Signing

NYGC Headquarters Lease Signing

NYGC signs the lease for its permanent facility at 101 Avenue of the Americas in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan.

Milestone

July 2012
NYGC Launches Pilot Laboratory

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NYGC opens a pilot laboratory at The Rockefeller University to begin its operations.

New Collaboration

February 2012
First Associate Member

First Associate Member

Hospital for Special Surgery joins NYGC as its first Associate Member.

2011
New Collaboration

December 2011
North Shore-LIJ Joins NYGC

North Shore-LIJ Joins NYGC

North Shore-LIJ Health System joins as NYGC’s 11th Institutional Founding Member.

New Collaboration

August 2011
The Simons Foundation Joins NYGC

The Simons Foundation Joins NYGC

The Simons Foundation becomes NYGC’s founding philanthropic partner.

Milestone

August 2011
Groundbreaking Scientific Consortium Formed

Groundbreaking Scientific Consortium Formed

NYGC receives funding and signs affiliation agreements with 10 Institutional Founding Members: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Cornell Medical College, The Jackson Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York University, The Rockefeller University, and Stony Brook University.