Shared-Use Mouse Facility
Solving a Critical Shortage in Breeding Space for Research Mice
AMDeC’s Shared-Use Mouse Facility, which will be located in Yonkers, NY and be the first of its kind in the country, is being developed in response to an unprecedented shortfall in breeding space for large colonies of research mice, which have proved critical in biomedical research, especially in genetic research.
Increased breeding capacity will allow for the expansion of the use of mouse models to additional fields of research. As science increasingly moves towards multi-disciplinary approaches to solving complex problems, the use of mice for researach purposes is becoming more prevalent.
The AMDeC facility will ensure New York remains competitive in recruiting world-class scientists and will allow member institutions to outsource mouse colonies and expand on-campus research space.
The Shared-Use Mouse Facility Lowers Costs for Researchers
The AMDeC facility will aggregate demand from four founding institutions (Mount Sinai, New York University School of Medicine, Columbia University School of Medicine, and The Rockefeller University will initially encompass 30,000 square feet and house 40,000 cages.
The AMDeC facility will provide improved and more efficient access to mice that are reliably disease-free. This effort also greatly reduces the overall cost to participating institutions by exploiting economies of scale, which ultimately lower per diem cage rates.
AMDeC’s Partner, Taconic Farms
The AMDeC facility will be operated by Taconic Farms, an internationally renowned New York company, recognized for their expertise in all areas of laboratory rodent services. With seven breeding facilities in the United States and Europe, Taconic is one of the major providers of genetically defined animal models to the biomedical research community.
Facilitating Economic Development
The AMDeC facility will be located in Yonkers, New York, in a former industrial building, which is being redeveloped and retrofitted for the purpose of creating space for biotechnology and information technology companies.
The AMDeC facility is a key component of the City of Yonkers’ initiative to establish a local biotechnology hub. It will generate over 200 new jobs for the City when fully operational.
To request more information about AMDeC’s Shared-Use Mouse Facility please contact Karen Shaw at (212) 218- 5640.