BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory’s specialized mouse production business is seeing steady growth in California, but not at the expense of the business here in Maine, lab officials said this week.
While the West Coast continues to represent a largely-untapped, growing market for mice, the growth in business at the Jax West facility in Sacramento only adds to the success of operations in Bar Harbor, according to JAX Clinical and Research Services General Manager Auro Nair, Ph.D.
“Bar Harbor is the center of all these things that we are talking about,” Dr. Nair said. “Certainly, as we grow and expand in California and Connecticut we will need positions and jobs there. But Bar Harbor is vibrant, and there are a lot of opportunities that are here right now.”
The lab employs a total of 1,502 people, with 1,265 of them working out of the Bar Harbor campus. The group maintains 73 employees in Connecticut at the Jax center for genomic medicine, now under construction. There are 161 employees at Jax West, and three employees in Baltimore, Maryland, at the National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics, that the lab took over in October of this year.