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The quiet community of Roosevelt Island off the shore of New York City is suffering not so silently with the sounds of heavy construction equipment – but the noise is expected to end in September, when the new Jacob Technion-Cornell Institute stands gleaming in the sunlight, ready for action.

The Cornell Tech campus on New York’s Roosevelt Island is the result of a collaboration between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and New York’s Cornell University.

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It will become the new home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York, which graduated its first Masters’-level class in computer science and health care this spring.

The goal of the institute is to upgrade health care delivery via high-tech innovation, according to ShareAmerica.gov.

In Albany, 150 miles north of the Big Apple, New York’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering are cooperating with Israeli universities and research institutes on nanotech ventures. This year, New York and Israel signed an agreement between Technion and the New York Genome Center to collaborate on biomedical research.

The new Technion-Cornell collaboration, meanwhile, is aimed at providing New York City students with skills in health care and media, and the program offers an opportunity to spend a semester at the Haifa campus as well. Moreover, students with doctorates are offered a startup program to launch a business.

“We are positioning New York at the forefront of the next generation of medical research and discovery,” says New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

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