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Updated: October 5, 2020 2020 Power 25 — Health Care

Health Power 25: 24. Charles Lee

At The Jackson Laboratory in Farmington, Charles Lee oversees the work of more than 300 scientists drawing millions of dollars in annual federal funding for their genomics research.

Charles Lee, Scientific Director, The Jackson Laboratory

Lee’s role is key to the success of Jax’s 2014 expansion into Connecticut, which includes a promise to invest $1 billion over a 20-year period. Jax is also a centerpiece to Connecticut’s broader bioscience industry, which has seen job losses in recent years.

Jax has recently begun focusing on finding commercial applications for its research, which could mean revenue in the years to come.

It has also gotten involved in COVID-19 research and has worked with Yale to broaden the use of a coronavirus saliva test.

Lee previously directed a molecular genetic research unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts and a cytogenetics facility for Harvard University.

In 2014, oddsmakers included Lee on a short list of Nobel Prize favorites for his 2004 discovery of widespread structural variation in the human genome and its association with specific diseases.

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