Jackson Lab's Progress At UConn 'On Track,' Officials Say

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Last fall, when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his intention to have Jackson Laboratory build a genetics research lab on the University of Connecticut Health Center campus, the proposal moved swiftly, despite objections from some elected officials.

Nearly a year later, the pace on the project itself hasn't slowed and officials say they expect the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine to be up and running on schedule, by late 2014. The Connecticut facility will be an expansion for Jackson, which is based in Bar Harbor, Maine.

"Things are 100 percent on track," said Frank Torti, UConn Health Center's new vice president of health affairs. "That is not a trivial statement: That has been a real challenge."

Between demolishing some buildings and moving other facilities elsewhere, Torti said, "I can't tell you the number of moving parts involved in getting the site ready."

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