BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Billion is working.
"We want to take the next step and locate the Genomic Medicine Center in Western New York," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, during his State of the State address.
That means $50 million of the Buffalo Billion for the three UB research centers on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that could be the key to changing modern medicine.
"Someday we might be able to sequence the DNA of everyone in this room, and we would use that information to tailor their treatment," said Dr. Lawrence Wrabetz/Hunter James Kelly Research Institute.
That means a much larger investment and partnerships with research centers downstate.
"We want to create a genomic medicine network partnership among UB and the medical corridor, CNSE IT, the New York City Genome Center," Cuomo said.
It's work that's already being done at UB's Center for Computational Excellence, Center for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and Institute for Informational Healthcare.
Officials say the partnership is a perfect match given their individual capabilities, and Wednesday's announcement comes with the hope that the partnership will allow doctors to diagnose, treat and eventually prevent disease.
"Here's an even further out dream: you walk down the street or walk into a hospital, you're scanned as you walk and by the time you reach the doctor they already know what your risk factors are and they're talking about treatment," said Dr. Peter Winkelstein, UB Institute for Bioinformatics.
Just an example of how far genomics has come: it used to take 10 years and a million dollars to map a human genome. It now takes UB officials three hours and about $1,000.
No word on what this will mean for job growth and expansion in the area. Officials expect to learn that from the governor himself in the coming days.