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Supercomputer unveiling showcases Rochester growth



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State Senator Joe Robach, R-Greece, was in attendance at the supercomputer unveiling ceremony. He said the grant is an example of “entrepreneurial government.” Photo by courtesy of the Governor’s Office.
August 13, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling Blue Gene supercomputers housed on the University of Rochester.

The University of Rochester's $100 million partnership with technology company IBM on health research, for which the Blue Gene computers will be used, was aided by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, which contributed $5 million in public funds.

"Our partnership with IBM and New York State has already helped us attract $84 million in new research funding and will give our faculty and students access to state-of-the-art research opportunities and provide new opportunities to address the great challenges in health research," said URochester President Joel Seligman. "We are profoundly grateful to the Governor and proud to join so many others in being Open for Business in New York State."

The partnership, known as the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation, is estimated to create 900 jobs for the Rochester community and bring in $205 million in research funding over the next ten years. The Blue Gene supercomputers will help the HSCCI to profile individuals and diseases, predict health trends, and parse imaging systems and devices.

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"This is the type of partnership we are starting to see throughout the state and I look forward to working with the private sector to transform New York into the best place to start and grow businesses," said Cuomo.

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