Industry News: Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute Set to Open the World’s First Dedicated Marine Genomics Research Institute

Grand opening of state-of-the-art science facility signifies new chapter in the maritime history of Massachusetts

24 Oct 2018

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute  (GMGI) celebrates the ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening of its state-of-art research institute situated in Gloucester’s inner harbor on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

GMGI is focused on the future by applying innovative genomic technologies to marine science for discoveries that impact sustainable fishing and fisheries and human health. 

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute was founded in 2013 by three entrepreneurial scientists with legendary experience in genomics and biomedicine -- David Walt, Greg Verdine, and Marc Vidal -- along with local businesswoman Sheree Zizik. Today, GMGI is led and backed by leaders with decades of experience in genomics, biomedical research, pharmaceuticals and industry.

The overarching mission is ambitious but simple: to catalyze the local economy by bringing science to Cape Ann in a meaningful way. The founders identified three strategies to accomplish the mission:

  • Establish a world-class marine biotechnology research institute whose work is powered by the scientific field of genomics;
  • Develop a local biotechnology workforce through a vibrant science learning environment; and
  • Promote the conditions that encourage the development of a science community on Cape Ann.

The development of this research institute and the move to 417 Main Street have been made possible by a $2.7 million capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.


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