Health data company expands in Stamford as demand grows for genetic research and personal medicine

Sema4, a health data research company, announced Thursday it opened a 70,000-square foot building in Stamford with more than 300 workers processing genomic tests, its third site in Connecticut to keep pace with growing demand for data-driven health care.

The Stamford laboratory complements Sema4 1/4 u2032s Branford lab that was expanded earlier this year and its headquarters, also in Stamford.

The new Sema4 lab replaces one in New York City, providing additional capacity to support genomic testing and expand digital health services. With its Stamford and Branford labs, Sema4 will increase its ability to provide health information across several thousand genetically identifiable diseases to patients.

Eric Schadt, founder and chief executive of Sema4, said the new Stamford site will be a hub for research and development for predictive modeling and information-driven testing.

In addition to lab employees, the Stamford facility also has capacity for 100 genetic counselors, bioinformatics specialists and support service staff. Sema4 has more than 500 employees in Connecticut across its two lab facilities and Stamford headquarters. Its workforce has quadrupled over the last three years.

Sema4 also maintains an office in New York City.

The company’s growth reflects rapid advances in personal medicine and genomics, which focuses on sequencing and analyzing an organism’s genome, the DNA content in a cell.

The state announced in 2018 a $6 million loan to Sema4 to move its New York City laboratory to Connecticut and create 400 jobs. “We were kind of busting at the seams,” Schadt said at the time.

In Connecticut, Sema4 is part of an expanding cluster of medical technology companies, such as Arvinas, a New Haven cancer pharmaceutical company, and the Guilford medical device company Butterfly Network.

Stephen Singer can be reached at [email protected]

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Fire damages Stamford dentist’s office


STAMFORD — A Friday afternoon fire damaged a dental office on Hoyt Street, according to Capt. Philip Hayes.

At 1:21 p.m., Stamford firefighters were dispatched to a report of “something on fire in the building,” he said.

“Engine 5 and Rescue 1 from the Woodside firehouse arrived on scene in under four minutes to find smoke showing from the rear of the building on the first floor,” Hayes said in a statement.


“A hose line was stretched and extinguished a fire that originated in a kitchen break room located in a dentist office on the first floor. Additional fire units advanced a second hose line to the second floor, inspected for fire extension, and ventilated smoke from the second floor and attic space,” Hayes said.

“Smoke and fire damage was contained to the room of fire origin, and two adjacent examination rooms,” Hayes said.



There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The first-alarm fire response consisted of four engine companies, one truck company, one rescue company, a deputy chief and a safety officer for a total of 27 firefighters.

The fire was declared under control in 20 minutes.


The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Stamford Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Stamford Returning To Phase 2 Reopening As Coronavirus Cases Rise

STAMFORD, CT — Mayor David Martin announced Thursday the city will return to “phase 2” of reopening following an increase in cases of the coronavirus in the city and across the state.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 data tracker, Stamford is now at 15.6 cases per 100,000, qualifying the city as a “red zone,” Martin said in a news release.

The city also recently received data from the Wastewater Early Detection Program indicating the highest levels of COVID-19 residue in Stamford’s wastewater since the program began in August, Martin said.

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“This is a difficult decision,” Martin said in a statement, “but every indicator we’re monitoring suggests we’re at the beginning of a second wave. Unfortunately, this means we must change our behavior immediately.”

Martin also emphasized the urgency of residents increasing their caution as the city transitions back to phase 2.

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“This second wave is no longer speculative or a possibility, it is happening right now,” Martin said. “There is no feasible way to get our community and economy close to normal if everyone is getting sick. I am reluctant to make this decision because I know how it will impact our businesses and community, but the city of Stamford must rollback to phase 2 as soon as possible.”

Similar to phase 3, residents are required to maintain 6 feet of distance from others, wash or sanitize their hands frequently and wear either a mask or a face covering that covers both their nose and mouth.

The following restrictions are also in place under phase 2:

A full list of restrictions during phase 2, including specific guidelines for various businesses and establishments, can be found on the city website.

According to Jennifer Calder, the city’s director of health, the best defense against this virus is to avoid getting infected and avoid activities that could lead to infection.

“Any interaction with individuals outside your household puts you at risk,” Calder said in a statement. “This is especially true now as we report more cases per day. While many residents are fatigued of health and safety guidelines, unfortunately the virus does not get fatigued and will continue to spread if we let it.”

Residents can monitor daily coronavirus cases by visiting the state health department’s COVID-19 data tracker.

This article originally appeared on the Stamford Patch

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