October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011                                                                   

Pittsfield – Biomarker pioneer Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc. today announced the opening of a new high-performance computing cluster that will advance scientific research in Western  Massachusetts.  Nuclea first announced the cluster in April in partnership with Berkshire Community College (BCC), and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).  The cluster opens to students today, and will significantly expand computing power at the two schools, while  allowing for complex analysis of mathematical, biological, and chemical information.

The new computing cluster arrangement will be a boon to bioinformatics and educational research in the Berkshires and help solidify the emergence of BCC and MCLA as leaders in the growing biotechnology field.  The schools will use the new cluster’s computational capacity for educational research, while Nuclea will use it for commercial research. 

“This is a great day for the development of the life sciences in Western Massachusetts,” said Patrick Muraca, Nuclea’s president and CEO.  “We made this investment because we believe in the future of this industry here in the Berkshires and, most importantly, we believe in the ability of BCC and MCLA to train the workforce of the future. The biggest issue in genomics and proteomics life sciences today is the amount of data that comes out, and the amount of qualified people that can actually interpret that data.  That’s where this educational process comes in. People that learn about high performance computing now today, at the community college level, and at the bachelor level will have their world opened up to them in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.”

While other computer clusters are being arranged elsewhere in Massachusetts, notably in Holyoke, most are being built with public or university dollars.  By contrast, the Berkshire cluster was funded entirely by Nuclea, and is the result of a partnership that has already resulted in jobs.

“We have had many MCLA and BCC students begin working at Nuclea as interns,” said Muraca, “and because of their experience here and their training at the two schools, they are able to join us after graduation and quickly become a key part of our growing company.”

“Nuclea is a fast-growing company, and a great example of what can be accomplished in the life sciences in the western part of our state," said Susan Windham-Bannister, president & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.  "I want to congratulate Nuclea on this new collaboration with leading academic institutions in the region.  It is through such collaborations that we will keep our life sciences cluster vibrant and growing in all regions of the state. Nuclea has hosted interns funded by the Center for the past two summers and we are pleased that they plan to participate again this coming summer."

Nuclea Biotechnologies, INC is headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with additional operations in Worcester, Massachusetts. Nuclea has developed and is commercializing eleven unique diagnostic tests for colon, breast, leukemia, lung and prostate cancer.  Nuclea also performs research leading to novel molecular oncology therapeutics and diagnostics for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


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