|HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology located in Huntsville, Alabama is building a world-class center that will translate the results of the Human Genome Project into individualized therapies for diseases. The non-profit institute is housed in a state-of-the-art, 270,000 sq. ft. facility located in Cummings Research Park. Led by Dr. Richard M. Myers, the Institute draws researchers from across the country, collaborates with investigators around the world, and involves the nation's physicians, scientists, and general public in their genomic studies.
HudsonAlpha's three-fold mission includes genomic research, educational outreach and economic development. With nearly $40 million in government grants for research and education projects, HudsonAlpha is recognized as one of the world's leading genomic research institutes.
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is one critical advantage for Life Science companies interested in locating in North Alabama. Other critical advantages include:
- Strong University Support: Local universities and community colleges offer undergraduate and graduate level degrees in biotechnology. Calhoun Community College recently graduated the first class of students with a two-year biotech associate degree. The University of Alabama in Huntsville offers resources to companies through its association with the Alabama Structural Biology Consortium. Also, lab space is available at BizTech, a technology oriented business incubator.
- Skilled Workforce: 1 out of every 7 residents in the Huntsville area is a scientist, engineer, or technologist.
- A Cluster of Life Science Firms: There are already more than 12 firms doing life science work in North Alabama. Combined they employ more than 1,000 people in the fields of pharmaceutical manufacturing, biotechnology research, diagnostics, and medical device production. The Partnership for Biotechnology Research is a non-profit industry group connecting the local biotech community.
- Low Cost of Doing Business: The cost of living in North Alabama is more than 10% less than the national average. Class A office space costs are less than half that in Boston or San Diego.
- Quality Education System: North Alabama schools regularly exceed the national average for standardized test scores. Also, the Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology will be providing long distance learning to area schools to educate and inspire a future workforce.