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A Site Selection Web Exclusive, June 2013
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Cardiff Bay, Wales
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dwina Hart, Wales' Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport announced this spring that a Life Sciences Hub is to established and operational this year in Cardiff. It's "part of a wider strategy which aims to deliver at least £1 billion of extra value in the sector in Wales by 2022," says International Business Wales. "The Hub will be the base for public and private sector specialists and strategic partners, covering all elements from funding to business support to international development and promotion." The hub will also accommodate the team from Arthurian Life Sciences Ltd managing the £100-million Wales Life Science Investment Fund.

In May, Swansea welcomed a new multilingual help desk from North Carolina-based clinical research organization (CRO) PRA, which will add 100 new graduate-level jobs to its 100-person Clinical Informatics team. The expansion is being supported with £1.29 million in business finance from the Welsh Government. Formerly based in Matrix Court, Swansea, PRA moved to Llys Tawe on Swansea's SA1 development.

Thinking of moving your medical supply firm from China to India? According to experts interviewed by the AP after the hostage-taking of Chip Starnes this week at his company's factory in the Jinyurui Science and Technology Park on the outskirts of Beijing, it might be better if you let your Chinese managers shut down the place. All's well that ends well, however, as Mr. Starnes was released yesterday after reaching an agreement with workers.

The Greenwood Genetic Center, in conjunction with Clemson University, will expand existing facilities of the J.C. Self Research Institute to add a 17,000-square-foot research and education center in human genetics on nearly 15 acres donated by Greenwood County, S.C., according to an announcement released June 26. The site is located adjacent to the Greenwood Genetic Center within the Greenwood Research Park.

Clemson University President James F. Barker said the research collaborative will build on successful business models developed at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville and the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

"The state will benefit from increased research, development and manufacturing with potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs in research, manufacturing and agriculture during the next decade," said Mark Warner, CEO of Greenwood Partnership Alliance, the public-private partnership tasked with enhancing the economic growth of Greenwood County.

Wondering what sequestration means in concrete terms? The National Institutes of Health, whose budget employs 6,000 NIH scientists as well as supports more than 300,000 research personnel at more than 2,500 universities and research institutions throughout the United States, has some numbers for you.

A new Brookings Institution report, "The Hidden STEM Economy," draws attention to science, technology, engineering and math career opportunities that do NOT require a bachelor's degree … including opportunities in life sciences and healthcare. The map below shows which metro areas lead the way in overall STEM occupations.

A new report from the St. Louis County Economic Council shows how vital technology and life sciences are to the area's new Regional Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Speaking of St. Louis, soy protein firm Solae in May became 100-percent owned by DuPont, which was a co-founder of the joint venture along with Bunge in 2003. The company headquarters (pictured) honors each patent earned (more than 100) by adding a new artistic element.

A report from Milken released earlier this year says "the United States could replace 20 percent of petrochemical consumption with bio-based products over the next decade — while creating jobs and capturing a large share of the global renewable chemical market." Are you a believer? Read the report and decide for yourself.

Ground was broken May 21 on the new Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). HDR was direct-selected to design the $323-million cancer research and treatment center following the success of the HDR-designed Durham Research Centers I & II, and the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education (CHSE) on the same campus. The new facility will join the Research Centers as part of the Durham Research Plaza. Construction is expected to be complete in 2016.

The Buffett Cancer Center will combine both cancer treatment and research to provide the highest level of cancer care, with the goal of earning the "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation from the National Cancer Institute. The entire $370 million project consists of three components: a 10-story, 252,000-square-foot, cancer research tower with 98 laboratories, named for donors and local philanthropists Suzanne and Walter Scott; a seven-story, 325,000-square-foot, 108-bed hospital tower, named for donor CL Werner, chairman emeritus of one of the largest trucking firms in the U.S., (headquartered in Omaha) and a multidisciplinary ambulatory clinic. This comprehensive, translational approach will allow researchers to accelerate breakthroughs in the lab and clinicians to provide personalized care plans for patients.

"The Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Center represents an unprecedented opportunity for translational medicine," said Bruce Carpenter, HDR senior vice president and project principal. "We're providing research and clinical space in the same facility, focused on cancer patient care, designed to encourage collaboration. This will be a true embodiment of the translational medicine concept."

The new Cancer Center is named for Fred and Pamela Buffett, Omaha natives. The late Fred Buffett, a first cousin to Warren Buffett, lost his fight to kidney cancer in 1997, and the center was made possible through a major gift from his wife's foundation.
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Late May saw the release of the annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine. Below are its rankings for the 50 most populous metro areas of the United States. This handy map tool will show you where the cities shine and where they need a good workout.

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Portland, Ore.
  4. San Francisco
  5. Denver
  6. Boston
  7. Sacramento
  8. Seattle
  9. Hartford, Conn.
  10. San Jose
  1. Austin
  2. Salt Lake City
  3. Cincinnati
  4. San Diego
  5. Raleigh, N.C.
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Baltimore
  8. Virginia Beach
  9. Cleveland
  10. Richmond, Va.
  1. Atlanta
  2. Providence
  3. Buffalo
  4. New York City
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Milwaukee
  7. Chicago
  8. Kansas City, Mo.
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Columbus, Ohio
  1. St. Louis
  2. Nashville
  3. Phoenix
  4. Orlando
  5. Riverside, Calif.
  6. Charlotte
  7. Jacksonville
  8. New Orleans
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Tampa
  1. Birmingham, Ala.
  2. Miami
  3. Houston
  4. Dallas
  5. Indianapolis
  6. Memphis
  7. Louisville
  8. San Antonio
  9. Detroit
  10. Oklahoma City

Source: American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine

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