Northeastern to open $100M research center in Portland

Published: Jan. 27, 2020 at 2:02 PM EST
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A Maine native is donating $100 million to Northeastern University to establish a graduate school and research center in Portland.

The center will be known as the Roux Institute in honor of benefactor David Roux, who grew up in Lewiston, Maine, and built a fortune as a Silicon Valley investor.

The goal is propel the economy in Maine's biggest city and in the region by making it a technology hub.

Ten companies, including retailer L.L. Bean, specialty insurer Unum, pet diagnostics company Idexx and the Jackson Laboratory, have signed on as founding partners.

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