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A biohazard area inside Trudeau Institute  (Photo: Brian Mann)
A biohazard area inside Trudeau Institute (Photo: Brian Mann)

Trudeau Institute wins big grants, but big questions remain

Over the last month, the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake has announced that its scientists have received Federal grants worth more than $12 million. Late last year, the immunology lab received another $1.2 million from the state of New York to help modernize its facilities.

That's welcome news for one of the North Country's biggest private employers. But Trudeau still faces big questions about its financial stability and about leadership at the institute. Brian Mann joined Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Trudeau a double winner of state funds

Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake was one of the big winners when it was announced earlier this month that the North Country has been awarded $103 million in state economic development funds.
The nonprofit biotech research center will receive $1.2 million to modernize its laboratory facilities and recruit additional scientists and research teams. But that wasn't all.

Tucked into the $62 million dollar award for the Capital Region was a $1 million allocation to the State University at Albany for a biotechnology corridor that includes Trudeau. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
David Woodland (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
David Woodland (Source: Trudeau Institute)

With roots firm in Saranac Lake, Trudeau Institute looks to reorganize, grow

As we've been hearing, local leaders in Saranac Lake hope to develop the village into a biomedical hub. Back in February, the Trudeau Institute - one of the country's top immunology labs - committed to keeping its main campus in the community.

That decision, which followed weeks of controversy, left a lot of unanswered questions about Trudeau's future. The lab faced a major budget crunch this winter which forced the organization to cut support staff. It's also unclear how the facility can invest in the high-dollar equipment and technology needed for top-tier research.

Brian Mann sat recently down to talk in-depth with David Woodland, who heads the Trudeau Institute and also leads one of its research teams. Woodland says the lab is considering a major reorganization, that could include new for-profit ventures, as well as possible construction of a new campus in Saranac Lake for other biomedical companies.  Go to full article
Schumer wants to keep Trudeau's cutting edge research in the Adirondacks (File photo)
Schumer wants to keep Trudeau's cutting edge research in the Adirondacks (File photo)

Schumer presses to keep Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake

Over the past few months, Saranac Lake's Trudeau Institute has been studying its options for future growth.

Consultants hired by the Institute have been evaluating several possibilities including expansion of the biomedical research institute's current facilities, the building a new clinical research site out of state or Trudeau leaving Saranac Lake for a new location - an option that has sparked concern among local residents and politicans.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer jumped into the fray Wednesday when he announced that he had called Trudeau director David Woodland personally last week to ask him and the Institute's board of trustees to keep Trudeau in Saranac Lake.
Chris Knight has the latest.  Go to full article
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source:  Trudeau Institute)
Researchers will create "clouds" of infectious microbes in this containment area (Source: Trudeau Institute)

New Saranac Lake lab will push frontiers of disease research, cautiously

Yesterday we reported on the growth of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, which is adding three new research teams. Over the next few months, Trudeau Institute will certify its new research wing, named for former state Senator Ronald Stafford. Once it's brought on-line, the facility will be closed to the public forever. Even most of the Institute's staff won't be allowed inside. That's because the researchers working in the lab will handle some of world's deadliest diseases, including airborne strains of tuberculosis and influenza. Brian Mann was allowed a rare glimpse inside the lab and has our story.  Go to full article

Wyeth Closure Will Cut 1200 Jobs in Clinton County

The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over the next three years. Officials in Clinton County say the plant closure removes one of the North Country's economic engines. As Brian Mann reports, the decision followed a sharp decline in the sales of premarin, a hormone therapy drug manufactured in Rousses Point.  Go to full article

Pataki, Local Officials React to Lake Placid Company's Closing

Upstate Biotech of Lake Placid announced last week that it'll be shutting down in March, eliminating 120 jobs. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute Campus<br />(Source:  Trudeau Inst.)
Trudeau Institute Campus
(Source: Trudeau Inst.)

Trudeau Institute Plans Expansion

The National Institutes of Health has awarded 3.4 million dollars to the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. The grant will match a New York state grant. In a statement, Congressman John McHugh praised NIH for supporting an "outstanding facility." Brian Mann spoke with Trudeau president Dr. Suzy Swain, who says the project will add new lab space. Trudeau Institute began as a tuberculosis cure hospital in the late 1800s and now employs 140 people, including 75 research scientists.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki, Clarkson president-elect Tony Collins, and State Senator Ray Meier.
Gov. Pataki, Clarkson president-elect Tony Collins, and State Senator Ray Meier.

Pataki Gives Clarkson $4.5 Million for Biotech

Governor George Pataki visited Clarkson University in Potsdam Friday to announce a 4.5 million dollar state grant through its Ge*NY*sis program. The money will help Clarkson boost rehabilitative research, from foot-propelled canoes to better artificial hearts. The funding comes amidst widespread education cuts in the Governor's proposed budget. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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