April 5, 2018

Genomic researcher Sema4 adding CT jobs

A New York City health-data researcher with a lab in Branford is committed to expanding its Connecticut presence by 408 jobs in exchange for another $6 million in state aid, authorities say.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and officials with Sema4 announced Thursday plans to expand its existing sites in Branford and Stamford, and to relocate lab facilities from New York City to a yet-to-be-determined location in Stamford.

The move will bring Sema4's Connecticut headcount to at least 553 workers, officials said.

Sema4 describes itself as a patient-centered predictive health company that relies on deep data analysis to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The company also says it offers advanced genome-based diagnostics for reproductive health and oncology and is building predictive models of complex disease.

Sema4 opened its genomics research lab in partnership with the Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai in Branford in 2014.

For its latest commitment, the state Department of Economic and Community Development has pledged a $6 million loan for machinery, equipment and capital improvements. That's atop the $9.5 million forgivable state loan Sema4 received in Dec. 2015 in exchange for committing to generate at least 145 jobs.

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