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Mayor calls La Jolla Library’s biotech lab ‘game changer’

Speaking to a group of library supporters and media reps at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the La Jolla Library, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said of its new 3-D printing and biotech lab, “The lab is a game changer for the city. This is the first of its kind, but probably not the last.”

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer literally rolled up his sleeves to observe a biotech workshop taking place at La Jolla’s Riford Library Sept. 1.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer literally rolled up his sleeves to observe a biotech workshop taking place at La Jolla’s Riford Library Sept. 1.

Faulconer and Congressmember Scott peters celebrated the grand opening of the lab that has been available on a “soft-opening” basis to library patrons since April. After their statements, Faulconer and peters toured the biotech lab — with equipment equivalent to that found in a high school biology lab and only open when a qualified volunteer is on hand — and observed a workshop taking place. San Diego City Council president Sherri Lightner made a similar exploratory visit in early August.

Congressmember and La Jolla resident Scott Peters (D-52nd District) observes what students learn during the monthly biotech workshops at La Jolla’s Riford Library.
Congressmember and La Jolla resident Scott Peters (D-52nd District) observes what students learn during the monthly biotech workshops at La Jolla’s Riford Library.
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Read more about the 3-D printing and biotech lab here

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, La Jolla Library branch manager Shaun Briley and Congressmember Scott Peters
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, La Jolla Library branch manager Shaun Briley and Congressmember Scott Peters