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hiladelphia's University City Science Center will begin construction in September on a new 11-story tower at 3737 Market Street in West Philadelphia. The project is a joint venture between the University City Science Center and Wexford Science + Technology. Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will be the anchor tenant.The 272,700-sq.-ft. (25,333-sq.-m.) building will feature outpatient medical facilities, ground-floor retail, and office and lab space for start-up and growing companies.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will be the largest tenant with orthopedics and outpatient medical facilities. The building, which has a completion date of June 2014, is being designed with a goal of receiving LEED Silver certification.

Baxter International broke ground on Aug. 1 for a new manufacturing facility for biological medical treatments that Baxter will locate east of Atlanta near Covington. The facility will employ approximately 1,500 people, and total investment by the company will exceed $1 billion. Around 200 local leaders and public officials were present at the ceremony.

Baxter announced in April its plans to build a facility in Georgia that will manufacture plasma-based therapies that treat chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The company will also locate warehouse and plasma testing laboratory facilities at the Stanton Springs site. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, and completion of construction of the first manufacturing buildings is planned for 2015.

Participants from left were: Brien Johnson, program executive, Baxter; Julie Kim, general manager, Bio Therapeutics, Baxter; Dr. James Gavin, board of directors, Baxter; Bob Parkinson, chairman and CEO, Baxter; Gov. Nathan Deal; Ludwig Hantson, president, Bioscience, Baxter; Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner, Georgia Dept. of Economic Development; Alan Verner, chairman, Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton & Walton counties.

The New York Genome Center (NYGC), the first major biotech center engaged in genomics research to be established in Manhattan, will occupy 170,000 sq. ft. (15,793 sq. m.) of office and laboratory space at 101 Avenue of the Americas. NYGC is to take occupancy on seven floors of custom built-out space in the LEED Silver-certified building by mid-2013. The $47-million build-out, for which work has already begun, will create sequencing, bioinformatics and research labs, a new technologies centerand computing infrastructure.

"The center is expected to grow vigorously, from about 100 employees at the start to more than 500 employees within five years," said Bill Harvey of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, who represented NYCG in negotiations with landlord Edward J. Minskoff Equities. "The capacity to grow as rapidly as needed, and a location in the vicinity of vibrant Hudson Square that would draw employees to the center, were both critical requirements for this assignment."

NYGC's offsite data requirements will be managed at Sabey Data Center's (SDC) Intergate.Manhattan.

OrionRx, a specialty pharmacy healthcare company, will locate its corporate headquarters in Louisville, creating 14 jobs with an investment of $1.2 million. The facility will service existing locations in Tennessee and Ohio which provide long-term care communities with pharmaceutical services. The project is one of the latest in Louisville's targeted industry sector of aging-care services.

Extend Health, operator of the nation's largest private Medicare exchange, has opened its second Richardson, Texas, service center, where it will hire more than 200. This brings the total number of jobs the company is creating in Richardson to more than 500.

The completion of a new $2.8-million research facility at the Aqua Health division of Novartis Animal Health in Victoria is a major step forward for Prince Edward Island's growing bioscience cluster, Premier Robert Ghiz said at a recent ceremony inaugurating the facility.

"These new laboratories and other investments by Novartis in additional manufacturing and administrative space and new jobs are important milestones in our efforts to have our bioscience cluster contribute even more to the economy of Prince Edward Island," Ghiz said. "The particular work being done by Novartis in developing vaccines to improve the efficiency and quality of fish farming is expected to also have an important impact on our fisheries, and those around the world."

Pictured are (from left) Dr. Fabian Kausche, Novartis global research and development; Karen Netherton, Novartis VP; Premier Robert Ghiz; Folkert Kamphuis, general manager, Novartis Animal Health North America; and Jason Cleaversmith, Novartis Aqua Health PEI.

DHL Supply Chain has opened a new distribution center for the Life Sciences & Healthcare industry in Mumbai, India, located within a newly constructed 56,000-sq.-m. (603,120-sq.-ft.) multi-customer distribution center.

"The new platform in Mumbai will enable us to provide a world class service to our customers, enabling them to expand their businesses," said Vikas Anand, COO, DHL Supply Chain India. "Life Sciences and Healthcare is a key industry for DHL Supply Chain in India. By setting up this world class infrastructure we continue to meet the industry's increasing logistics and warehousing needs. We have the capabilities to distribute to wholesalers, pharmacists and hospitals from our new center in Mumbai based on customer demands."

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