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Trudeau pledges to stay in Saranac Lake

January 31, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - Trudeau Institute will stay in Saranac Lake.

The 126-year-old biomedical research center's board of trustees voted overwhelmingly Friday to take the option of relocating off the table. The Enterprise got the news from two Trudeau board members and an aide to state Sen. Betty Little this morning; the Institute then issued a statement confirming the news late this morning.

Dr. Dorothy Federman, a Saranac Lake physician who's a trustee of the Institute, said the issue was discussed for 10 hours following a presentation by Trudeau's consultants on the Institute's options for future growth and expansion.

"It was a nearly unanimous decision following the presentation that Trudeau belongs in Saranac Lake," she said. "The board of trustees of Trudeau Institute is committed to the Institute staying in Saranac Lake."

Federman said there was one dissenting vote among Trudeau's 20-plus member board, though she wouldn't say who cast that vote.

Marcine Sonneborn, another Trudeau trustee, confirmed that the option of Trudeau leaving Saranac Lake is no longer on the table.

The same news was delivered this morning to state Sen. Betty Little by Terry Gach, Trudeau's vice president for institutional advancement.

"He said that the board voted and they will not be leaving Saranac Lake," said Dan Mac Entee, Little's spokesman.

Trudeau President David Woodland released a statement late this morning that said Trudeau is "committed to staying in Saranac Lake and advancing biomedical research in the region." He thanked the Institute's board and "our legislators for their offers of support."

"We intend to continue this important discussion with our elected officials as Trudeau needs the support of our federal and state government in order to grow while meeting our mission of improving human health.

"While the decision was made to continue our deep history in Saranac Lake, Trudeau is currently finalizing a growth plan and a path that allows us to adapt to the accelerating pace of biomedical research. We intend to contact local philanthropists, scientists and members of our community to help us plot a path forward."

The Trudeau Institute traces its roots to 1884, when Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau founded the Saranac Laboratory for the study of tuberculosis, along with clinical and sanitarium treatment of those with the disease. The laboratory was closed in the 1950s after new drugs became available to treat TB, and the property was sold to the American Management Association. In 1964, Trudeau was reestablished as a nonprofit biomedical research institute on its current 42-acre site. The Institute employs more than 130 people.

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Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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