For the first time in over a decade, a major construction project will be taking place at the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica.

The renovation of the second and third floors will include new high-tech lab equipment.

New York State is contributing $550,00 toward the $2.75 million dollar project.  The rest of the money will come from the lab's resources, including both current funds and future fundraising.

“We often say that money spent on treatment benefits the patient, money spent on research benefits humanity. I believe that this investment has the potential to save lives and help people in the region, across the country and around the world,” said David F. Schneeweiss, President of the MMRL Board of Directors. “We want to thank Governor Cuomo and his staff as well as our Utica area legislators for supporting this project which is vital to helping us recruit and retain the scientists who will use these new facilities to make cutting-edge discoveries with the potential to save lives.”

The last major addition at MMRL was in 2004 when the $2 million molecular genetics and molecular biology wing opened.

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