The Masonic Medical Research Institute in Utica has received $500,000 in funding from the state to purchase new equipment.

Senator Joseph Griffo says the money will be used to buy new state-of-the-art equipment that will allow the Institute to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.

The total cost of the equipment is around $8,000.

MMRI previously received $950,000 from the state to renovate space in the facility.

“The Masonic Medical Research Institute is a premier research facility focusing on cardiovascular disease,” Griffo said. “This investment will help to purchase technology that will enhance the facility’s research capabilities, will allow the facility’s good work to continue and will hopefully grow the Institute’s presence here in Utica and beyond, including additional jobs and opportunities for employment. The Masonic Medical Research Institute does such great work in helping to improve the lives of others, and I am pleased to have secured important funding that will help it to continue those efforts.”

Griffo was joined at the announcement by Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Assemblyman Brian Miller and representatives from the Masonic Medical Research Institute and the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.

Dave Smith, WIBX