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December 23, 2021

Jackson Lab nets $140M in research funding in 2021

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Jackson Lab’s Farmington campus.

The Jackson Laboratory, a Maine-based nonprofit biomedical research institution with a major hub in Farmington, said that it was awarded more than $140 million in funding in 2021 that covered about 115 awards.

That’s up from $115 million in research awards in 2020 and $105 million in 2019, Jackson Lab said.

The awards cover a broad range of focus areas including cancer, addiction, education and genetics research.

Some of the major awards included: 

  • A five-year, $2.4 million National Cancer Institute grant to Gary Ren, who is studying the lung microenvironment in the presence of breast cancer.


  • A $1 million grant from the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research to study immunotherapy response rates and side effects.


  • A five-year, $4 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse  to help identify and characterize the mechanisms underlying addiction and predisposing behaviors.


  • The National Human Genome Research Institute awarded Ryan Tewhey a five-year $2.5 million grant in recognition of his research into non-coding regions of the genome.

The Jackson Laboratory has more than 2,400 employees. It operates a genomic medicine institute in Farmington in addition to facilities in Maine, Sacramento, Shanghai and Beijing.

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