Illumina Plans Training Complex At BioPark in Baltimore, Maryland
Adjacent to the UMB campus in downtown Baltimore, the 14-acre UM BioPark community is home to more than 40 companies and 1,000+ employees. Wexford is currently designing its newest building in the BioPark, 4MLK, a 330,000-square-foot lab and office building, that is expected to be completed in 2021.
According to company officials, the 13,000-square-foot Illumina Solutions Center provides training lab capabilities and office space for customers and commercial teams. It is the company's first commercial location on the East Coast and will host hundreds of employees and customers annually.
Proximity to the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences was a key factor in Illumina's decision to join the UM BioPark's thriving community of innovative life sciences companies, officials said.
"We believe this location will facilitate collaborative engagement in research activities with our academic partner, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)," shared Mark Van Oene, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Illumina. "We are inspired by all the ways genomics can stimulate economic activity to maximize impact in the region and fuel research with the potential to improve health outcomes for patients."
"Attracting Illumina, a premier life sciences company, to the BioPark reinforces the value of combining university research, entrepreneurial activity, corporate engagement, and community development in a dense, collaborative, programmed environment," said Jim Berens, CEO of Wexford Science & Technology.
"The UM BioPark provides an ideal environment for private-sector companies and UMB's academic centers to collaborate," said Jane Shaab, Senior Vice President, Research Park Corporation, and Associate Vice President for Economic Development, UMB. "Welcoming Illumina and celebrating the grand opening of its solutions center, is a boon to UMB and the life sciences industry in Maryland."
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