Farmingdale State College (FSC) and The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) have signed a strategic alliance to drive innovation and support for new STEM talent on Long Island. The announcement was made in a press release on February 10.
As part of this collaboration, ELC has leased approximately 40,000 square feet of laboratory and office space to Broad Hollow Bioscience Park (BHBP), located on the FSC campus. ELC intends to hire talent for more than 30 new scientific R&D positions and, in the spring of 2022, will relocate selected teams of employees to the new space.
The collaboration will include an applied learning initiative, beginning in fall 2022, and will help prepare students in FSC’s science and engineering programs for potential R&D roles at ELC. It will also include internships and collaborative research activities for FSC students and faculty, complementary academic opportunities for ELC R&D managers, and scholarships.
The arrangement also brings BHBP a research and development-focused anchor tenant, and marks ELC’s first co-location with an academic institution. BHBP’s space is just two miles from ELC’s R&D labs for skincare, makeup, body, fragrance, basic science and advanced technology at Melville.
The Broad Hollow Bioscience Park is a partnership between Farmingdale State College, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Research Foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY). BHBP is home to various biotech companies that are partnering to grow the bioscience industry along the Highway 110 corridor.
“We are delighted to welcome The Estée Lauder Companies to Broad Hollow Bioscience Park and Farmingdale State College,” said Dr. John Nader, President of Farmingdale State College (FSC). “This extraordinary public-private alliance brings a premier business partner to our campus and will lead to scholarship and collaborative opportunities for Farmingdale State College students and faculty. It’s a win for Long Island, the College and the region’s bioscience corridor.
The new alliance reinforces ELC’s long-standing commitment to investing in and modernizing its Long Island operations and supporting local communities in New York State. Currently, the company, which has been on Long Island for more than 50 years, has thousands of employees in R&D, manufacturing, finance, information technology and other fields working at its campus in Melville, New York. ELC has a long tradition of hiring SUNY graduates and also has FSC alumni working in the company.
“We are very proud to partner with Farmingdale State College and SUNY to further fuel R&D innovation and empower tomorrow’s STEM leaders on Long Island and New York State,” said Lisa Napolione, Senior Vice President , Global Research and Development at The Estée Lauder Companies. .
“At ELC, our scientists, researchers, engineers and product developers thrive on combining science, technology and creativity to formulate transformative prestige beauty products. Our collaborations with universities around the world help us stay on the cutting edge and advance our commitment to scientific excellence and to providing consumers with groundbreaking prestige beauty products of the highest quality.
“This partnership between Farmingdale State College and The Estée Lauder Companies at Broad Hollow Bioscience Park is a testament to how SUNY and the private sector can work together to create limitless opportunities in STEM fields,” said SUNY Acting Chancellor , Deborah F. Stanley.
“I am confident that this collaboration will provide our students with hands-on experiences to learn and grow, research and teaching opportunities for our faculty, and job creation potential for years to come. Congratulations to Farmingdale State College for this exciting adventure, and to our students who are seizing this opportunity and making their mark,” he added.