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NEW YORK CITY-Governor George Pataki on Friday revealed plans to build a 100,000-sf Center for Excellence on Long Island at the State University of New York Stony Brook. The $230-million project is expected to break ground by year’s end.

The facility will be funded by more than $130 million in private industry and venture capital support and technology investment led by Computer Associates, Symbol Technologies and Reuters. The latter firm will not be contributing financial assistance per se, but rather will offer the center its technological expertise, a Reuters spokesman tells GlobeSt.com. The state will provide $50 million in funding to support construction, and an estimated $50 million in federal support is anticipated over the next five years.

Located on the Stony Brook campus, the center will comprise an emerging wireless technologies lab, a cyber-security lab, a computer networking lab, a computational sciences lab, cleanrooms and workforce training rooms.

SUNY Stony Brook has also received $15 million in Strategically Targeted Academic Research funding from the New York State Office for Science, Technology and Academic Research to build a 67,000-sf facility focused on biomolecular diagnostics and therapeutics. The Center of Excellence and the Stony Brook STAR Center will be co-located to maximize cross-disciplinary interaction between IT and biotech researchers, whose work has become increasingly interdependent.

For example, advances in IT will be of great assistance in biomolecular computing which helps in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Researchers envision that the work of this co-located facility could result in an implantable, geographic positioning system sensor/transceiver that would sense a patient’s vital signs, detect life-threatening changes in a patient, and immediately transmit these conditions along with the patient’s location to doctors and emergency service personnel.

The State has also created Centers of Excellence in Buffalo in Bioinformatics, in Syracuse in Environmental Systems, in greater Rochester in Photonics and in Albany in Nanoelectronics.

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