Virginia Beach Biotech Accelerator Finishes Construction, Begins Looking For Tenants

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A Virginia Beach biotech accelerator program announced more than five years ago as a way to attract a booming, high-salary industry to the area has completed lab construction and is finally looking for tenants.

The VABeachBio Accelerator finished construction in February and is now accepting lease applications. The 5,700-sqaure-foot office and lab space is in the Convergence II office near the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Interstate 264.

In addition to the expected amenities for offices, including conference rooms, a kitchen area and high-speed internet, the accelerator space includes wet and dry labs and a biosafety level 2 lab space — a safety rating that allows the study of moderate risk infectious agents or toxins, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

“This is the first lab of its kind in Virginia Beach,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Taylor Adams at a January development authority meeting, noting that other labs were attached to either health care or higher education organizations.

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