New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory Dedication Press Release

Cummings School Dedicates Regional Biosafety Laboratory

NE-RBL investigators to develop new diagnostic tools, therapies, and vaccines for infectious diseases
What

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine today dedicated the New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory to the development of new diagnostic tools, therapies, and vaccines for infectious diseases at a ceremony at the laboratory site. The event commemorated the completion of construction of the $31-million laboratory, which will examine infectious diseases as part of a network of 13 regional biosafety laboratories nationwide commissioned by the National Institutes of Health.

The New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory will also serve as a regional resource for researchers who require access to Biosafety Level 2 and 3 and Select Agent facilities. It is also the anchor tenant of the Cummings School's Grafton Science Park, a 100-acre build-to-suit area fully entitled for up to 702,000 square feet of commercial life science, medical device, and medical-related space.

A video news release featuring a laboratory in use and an interview with DID Director Saul Tzipori is available by contacting Tom Keppeler. Additional information is available on the NE-RBL website.

Who

Speakers included:

  • Tufts University President Lawrence Bacow,
  • Dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Deborah Kochevar,
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki,
  • Dr. Michael Kurilla, director of the Office of Biodefense Research Activities within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
  • Massachusetts Life Sciences President and CEO Susan Windham-Bannister,
  • US Representative Richard Neal,
  • Massachusetts State Representative George Peterson,
  • Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore,
  • and Grafton Selectwoman Mary Ann Cotton.
Where
New England Regional Biosafety Laboratory
Discovery Drive
Grafton, MA