Matan Companies has broken ground on the third of its six Progress Labs developments along the I-270 corridor, Progress Labs at Riverside I in Frederick, Maryland. The speculative project, slated to deliver in the Fall of 2022, will total 215,000 square feet comprised of a single story 118,000 square foot biomanufacturing building, along with a three story 96,000 square foot support building to accommodate additional manufacturing, lab, quality control, administration, and support space. The facility will bring in excess of 1,000 new life science jobs to Frederick.
Montgomery County is set to consider plans for the first phase of a five-building life sciences project in Rockville.
An affiliate of life sciences giant Alexandria Real Estate Equities filed plans for a 200K SF research and development building as part of an 18-acre project on Darnestown Road. The Montgomery County Planning Board is scheduled to hear the plans on July 29.
Beckham Gumbin Ventures (BGV), a commercial real estate investor and developer, is beginning construction on brand new R&D laboratory spec suites and amenities at Ballenger Bio (321 Ballenger Center Drive) in Frederick, Maryland. Ballenger Bio will offer several 3,000 to 7,000 SF R&D laboratory spec suites, with the ability to combine up to 37,000 SF of contiguous space on a single floor. Building such spec labs will allow for growing biotech companies to focus on their business as opposed to construction costs and timelines.
John Newby is the CEO at Virginia Bio, the statewide non-profit trade association for the life science industry. Approximately 300 companies spanning biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, med tech, diagnostics, digital health, bioinformatics, agriculture, and industrial bio and related fields are based in Virginia, mainly clustered around research universities and medical institutions. Virginia Bio is the sole state affiliate and works closely with key national industry organizations BIO, AdvaMed, MDMA, PhRMA and We Work for Health.