The Prince William County Science Accelerator recently opened its doors, offering an innovative location for early stage life sciences companies in the Northern Virginia region.
The 9,000-square-foot facility offers companies wet lab space for lease that can be built-out to meet specific client needs. Building on the existing industry cluster in the region, the Science Accelerator is expected to serve as a catalyst, accelerating the growth of smaller life sciences companies.
The Science Accelerator is located at Innovation Technology Park, a world-class research and technology park in Prince William County. Anchored by one of George Mason University’s campuses, the 1600-acre corporate park is 20 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport and 30 minutes from the Capitol Beltway. The high-tech hub is home to numerous corporate and institutional clients, including the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, the FBI Northern Virginia Resident Agency, Mediatech, ATCC, and the GMU/NIH Biosafety Research Lab.
Another example of the many successful public-private partnerships in Virginia, the Science Accelerator was developed by the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, Rinker Design Associates P.C., and NAL Research.
Virginia has recently gained recognition for its life sciences industry as the No. 2 Emerging Biotech Hub in Business Facilities’ 2012 State Rankings Report. The Commonwealth offers companies a central location in the mid-Atlantic life sciences corridor combined with access to leading research institutes, including SRI International, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 11 Federally Funded R&D Centers, and 20 FLC laboratories.
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A view of the Prince William Science Accelerator at Innovation Technology Park. Courtesy of Prince William County.