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Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute
Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute

Trudeau Institute hires new CEO

The Trudeau Institute has hired a new president and CEO to lead the bio-research lab in Saranac Lake. Dr. Ronald Goldfarb took the top job at the facility this week. He takes over after more than a year of turmoil and uncertainty at the lab.  Go to full article
Trudeau chairman Benjamin Brewster leads the laboratory during challenging times (Photo:  Trudeau Institute website)
Trudeau chairman Benjamin Brewster leads the laboratory during challenging times (Photo: Trudeau Institute website)

After years of tumult, big questions remain at Trudeau Institute

Today we conclude our two part investigative series on Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake with a look at the Institute's future.

It has been a year and a half since Trudeau's Board of Trustees voted to keep the 128-year-old biomedical research laboratory in Saranac Lake.

They rejected a plan negotiated in secret that would have moved the institute to a research park under development in Florida.

Since then, the institute has faced budgets cuts, layoffs and the departure of key research teams. The lab has been without a director for nearly a year.

Sources at the lab, and internal documents, suggest that Trudeau has reached a tipping point. The institute's survival may hinge on whether it can adapt to a changing funding and scientific climate.

As Chris Knight reports, Trudeau officials say they have a long-term vision, but questions and doubts remain.

Editor's note: How viable is Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, and how bad is morale, really? Those are some questions prompted by Chris Knight and Brian Mann's two-part investigative series, and the reporters are working on stories to expand on those topics. They have documentation, such as an April 2011 staff satisfaction survey and studies recommending relocation and comparing sites, but they want to hear from more people inside and outside Trudeau. If you have something to say, contact Mann at or Knight or 518-891-2600 ext. 24.  Go to full article
Trudeau Institute has been a major employer in Saranac Lake for 127 years (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Trudeau Institute has been a major employer in Saranac Lake for 127 years (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Secret effort to move Trudeau Institute from Saranac Lake began in 2008

Top executives and board members at Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake worked in secret for more than two years in an effort to move the research laboratory to a new site in Florida. That's according to an investigation by North Country Public Radio and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

The relocation would have shifted more than a hundred high paying jobs from Saranac Lake, a move that state officials in New York say would have been "devastating" to the local economy. As Brian Mann reports, top officials at Trudeau also worked to keep the effort secret, even from members of the lab's own board of directors.  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

Trudeau Institute names new director

After twelve years, Dr. Susie Swain is stepping aside as director of the Trudeau Institute. The research lab in Saranac Lake does basic research into the human immune system. Last week, scientists at Trudeau won a hundred-thousand dollar grant from New York state to take part in a new stem-cell research project. Dr. David Woodland is the Trudeau Institute's new director. He told Brian Mann that the next five years will bring major expansion of staff and laboratories.  Go to full article

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