New York Announces an Initiative of $650M for Life Sciences

The Empire State Boosts Life Science

With the aim of becoming a top tier biocluster state, New York has announced an initiative to increase the state’s ability to commercialize research by investing $650 million into life sciences. The incentive hopes to have a success rate similar to those of California, whose company growth has accelerated that of job growth and Massachusetts, which invested $1 billion in a highly successful life sciences program 10 years prior.

As announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo the initiative will include $250 million in tax incentives for life science companies (new and existing), $200 million for capital grants towards wet labs and innovation space, $100 million towards early stage life science development and $100 million towards operating support from private partnerships.

The term life sciences has been defined by New York State as including, “biopharma, biomedical technologies, life systems technologies, as well as organizations and institutions that devote most of their efforts to research, development, technology transfer, and commercialization.”

In recent years, despite the presence of major academic research centers and Wall Street, New York has lacked commercialized research, early-stage company incentives, and biocluster development reported by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

Good News For R&D

The incentive will support the job market by investing $10 million annually in the Excelsior Job program. Refundable tax credit will be available at a 15% rate to life science businesses and at a 20% rate for small life science businesses.

The state also plans to attract life science talent to the state through internship programs, research recruitment programs, a mentor program to bring together entrepreneurs and innovators, and a program to support teaching hospitals with over $8.5 million in support annually.

If  you would like to discuss the R&D Tax Incentive further, please do not hesitate to contact one of Swanson Reed’s offices today.

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