HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology started construction on 800 Hudson Way, the latest addition to the 152-acre campus in Huntsville, Alabama.
According to company officials, the 100,000 square foot building will foster job growth of several new and expanding life sciences companies, and also will house components of HudsonAlpha’s research, Educational Outreach, genomic medicine and informatics programs.
The 100,000 square foot, two-story building will be similar to the 601 Genome Way location in both its design and the mix of research laboratories and life sciences companies. Longtime HudsonAlpha associate company Conversant Bio will expand and move into the new building.
“HudsonAlpha serves as a vital asset to Alabama’s strategic economic development plan, to create more jobs. HudsonAlpha has had a significant impact of more than $1.3 billion on the state’s economy since 2006,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “The new facility will lead to the expansion of research and discovery in the field of life sciences and ultimately generate more employment opportunities for Alabamians. HudsonAlpha is one of the nation’s leading human genome research bodies and I am looking forward to their continued success in the future.”
The building will be the home of the Paul Propst Center for Precision Medicine. Huntsville philanthropist and businessman William “Bill” Self Propst, Sr. made a generous donation to HudsonAlpha’s work in the area of precision medicine. The Center is named in honor and memory of his father Paul, who was a minister in North Alabama.
“HudsonAlpha is leading the way in precision medicine and I am honored to have the opportunity to support such cutting-edge research that is happening right here in Huntsville,” said Propst.
“When we joined the HudsonAlpha campus, we knew Conversant Bio would be at the heart of life sciences research,” said Marshall Schreeder, Co-founder & CEO of Conversant Bio. “Being here has allowed the company to continue to grow and stay on the cutting-edge of research and connected to the needs of scientists around the world on a daily basis.”
“When we open our doors at 800 Hudson Way, the people of Alabama will have a healthier future, a vibrant workforce, and a booming life science business environment, and a reputation as a place that is using the power of genomics to solve some of the world’s most pressing medical and agricultural issues,” said Richard Myers, PhD, HudsonAlpha President & Science Director.