Mayor Bill de Blasio visits Stockwell lab to discuss new Columbia NYC Therapeutic Validation Center

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 09:00
Dr. Brent Stockwell and Mayor Bill deBlasio are pictured
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently visited the lab of Dr. Brent Stockwell to discuss the new Columbia NYC Therapeutic Validation Center. The city is investing up to $9 million in the Center to help establish research facilities aimed at turning early-stage research into new start-ups. The Center will use mass spectrometry imaging technology “to create next-generation medicines that work by analyzing and orchestrating the behavior of individual cells in the human body to work in concert to eliminate disease.”
 
Mayor DeBlasio toured the lab with Rachel Loeb, President of New York City Economic Development Corp (NYCEDC), Carlo Yuvienco, Vice President for Life Science at NYCEDC, and Dr. Hynek Wichterle, a collaborator with whom Dr. Stockwell is developing a small molecule treatment for ALS, among others.
 
During his hour-long visit, Mayor de Blasio asked about plans for the Center, and was eager to discuss how to further grow the life science ecosystem in NYC. “We showed him how we currently do drug discovery, using our automated liquid handling system, which he was quite fascinated by,” said Dr. Stockwell. “We also showed him how we examine cells under the microscope, showing an image of motor neurons that model ALS. He loved seeing those images and talking about how we model the complexity of the brain.”
“I was surprised that he knew I grew up in Queens!” said Dr. Stockwell. “I was also impressed by how much he wanted to talk about the details of the science.” He says it was clear during the visit that Mayor de Blasio is committed to building life sciences in New York City and making the city a world-leading biotech hub.

 

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