BioMed Realty Expands Relationship With Genomic Research Pioneer J. Craig Venter
Human Longevity and Synthetic Genomics Lease 125,300 Square Feet at 4570 Executive Drive
SAN DIEGO, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: BMR) today announced two expanding genomic research organizations co-founded by J. Craig Venter will fully occupy the 4570 Executive Drive property in University Towne Centre in San Diego, California.
Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) will lease approximately 69,700 square feet at BioMed Realty’s 4570 Executive Drive facility to develop and commercialize breakthrough genomic-driven solutions for major global issues. Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), which is building and commercializing a comprehensive database of human genotypes and phenotypes to develop treatments for aging-related diseases and biological decline, will occupy approximately 55,600 square feet at the 4570 Executive Drive building. In addition, HLI will continue to lease approximately 22,200 square feet at The Research Park at Torrey Pines, located at 10385 Road to the Cure in San Diego, California.
The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) also leases approximately 122,600 square feet at the company’s 9704 Medical Center Drive property in Rockville, Maryland. In aggregate, companies affiliated with J. Craig Venter lease more than 270,000 square feet from BioMed Realty across the United States.
“We are very pleased to be extending our relationship with BioMed Realty and to expand into two properties which offer modern, flexible, amenity-rich facilities in the heart of the San Diego life science community,” said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Co-Founder of HLI and SGI, and Founder of JCVI. “BioMed Realty continues to be an important partner for us and our laboratory space needs in Maryland and California. Their commitment to deliver and operate laboratory and office space which supports genomic-focused research, as well as to anticipate our needs and offer creative real estate solutions, is unparalleled.”
Commenting on the new leases, Alan Gold, BioMed Realty’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, remarked, “We are excited to grow our valuable, long-term relationship with Craig Venter by forging new partnerships with Human Longevity and Synthetic Genomics as they expand their pioneering genomic research in San Diego. Both companies exemplify the essential value of pursuing transformational research, which holds the promise to positively change society in a number of important ways, including development and commercialization of treatments and therapies which lengthen and improve the quality of life. We look forward to supporting their groundbreaking science in San Diego for a long time.”
Concurrent with the transaction, BioMed Realty terminated its lease at 4570 Executive Drive with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, which was previously scheduled to expire in phases from 2015 to 2018. As a result of these new leases, both The Research Park at Torrey Pines and 4750 Executive Drive are now 100 percent leased.
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