SAN DIEGO, May 4 BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: BMR) announced that it has acquired five life science buildings comprised of approximately 218,000 square feet and located at 9704-9714 Medical Center Drive in Rockville, Maryland. The company purchased the property for $53 million, excluding closing costs. The property is fully leased to the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a world leader in genomic research.
The Medical Center Drive property is the second acquisition by BioMed in 2010 located along the I-270 Corridor in Montgomery County, also known as "DNA Alley." The Maryland life science market is home to several large-scale federal government health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cancer Institute, as well as several world-renowned universities and research institutes, including Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The acquisition increases BioMed's Maryland portfolio to six properties, comprised of 15 buildings and 1.4 million rentable square feet, which are 100% leased. The company's premier tenant roster in Maryland includes Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Novavax, Inc., Eisai Co., Ltd., and MedImmune, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC.
"We are pleased to have BioMed as our real estate partner," said J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman and President of JCVI. "BioMed understands life science research and has an excellent track record of successfully owning, developing and operating the highest quality facilities for life science research organizations like ours. In addition, BioMed has the financial strength, stability and flexibility to support our multidisciplinary genomic-focused research needs."
Commenting on the company's latest acquisition in Maryland, Alan D. Gold, BioMed's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are very excited about forging this new relationship with the Venter Institute through this acquisition. Dr. Venter and his research teams are truly pioneers in genomic science and are conducting some of the most promising research to enhance the quality of life. Acquiring and operating this state-of-the-art life science campus in one of our core markets, with the campus anchored by a world-renowned research institution, is an excellent illustration of our execution on BioMed's growth strategy. We look forward to supporting the Venter Institute's goals of advancing the science of genomics for many years to come."
About the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
The JCVI is a not-for-profit research institute in Rockville, MD and San Diego, CA dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Founded by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the JCVI is home to approximately 400 scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, information technology, high-throughput DNA sequencing, genomic and environmental policy research, and public education in science and science policy. The legacy organizations of the JCVI are: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), The Center for the Advancement of Genomics (TCAG), the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives (IBEA), the Joint Technology Center (JTC), and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation. The JCVI is a 501 (c)(3) organization. For additional information, please visit http://www.JCVI.org.
About BioMed Realty Trust
BioMed Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on Providing Real Estate to the Life Science Industry®. The company's tenants primarily include biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, scientific research institutions, government agencies and other entities involved in the life science industry. BioMed owns or has interests in 72 properties, representing 119 buildings with approximately 11.0 million rentable square feet. The company's properties are located predominantly in the major U.S. life science markets of Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York/New Jersey, which have well-established reputations as centers for scientific research. Additional information is available at http://www.biomedrealty.com/.
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