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Illumina opens training facility at U Maryland BioPark

By David Schwartz
Published: November 5th, 2019

Genomics company Illumina, Inc. has opened a new training facility in the University of Maryland (UM) BioPark.

The 13,000-square-foot Illumina Solutions Center provides training lab capabilities and office space for both customers and commercial teams. It is the company’s first commercial location on the East Coast.

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 community of life sciences companies.

“We believe this location will facilitate collaborative engagement in research activities with our academic partner, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB),” said 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, which developed the park in partnership with UMB.

Adjacent to the campus in downtown Baltimore, the 14-acre UM BioPark is home to more than 40 companies employing more than 1,000. Wexford is currently designing its newest building in there, a 330,000-square-foot lab and office building that is expected to be completed in 2021.

“The UM BioPark provides an ideal environment for private sector companies and UMB’s academic centers to collaborate,” said Jane Shaab, senior VP of the Research Park Corporation and UMB’s associate VP for economic development. “Welcoming Illumina and celebrating the grand opening of its solutions center is a boon to UMB and the life sciences industry in Maryland.”

Source: Herald-Mail Media

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