The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is pleased to announce the launch of the new Prince William Science Accelerator. This innovative facility, launched through a public-private partnership, is bringing new wet lab space to market for growing companies in the Life Sciences Industry. The facility is housed in 9,000 square feet in Innovation Technology Park.
The Science Accelerator offers spaces that are built-out to meet the specific needs of the companies who will occupy it. These firms, generally small, fast-growing life sciences companies, will enter into a license agreement with Prince William County, who holds a master lease for the space.
“This new facility is an exciting step forward for Prince William County,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “Prince William County has been a location of choice for life sciences companies for nearly two-decades, and this unique facility demonstrates our continued commitment to the biosciences industry.”
“With the ground-breaking research occurring here in personalized medicine and biodefense, we believe that there is exceptional opportunity for more biosciences industry growth here in Prince William County,” said Stewart. “We expect this industry to be one of the key job-growth generators for the next generation.”
“The Prince William Science Accelerator enhances Northern Virginia’s competitiveness as a location for the life sciences by delivering much needed wet lab space and a fertile environment in which companies can grow,” said Jeffrey Gallagher, CEO of the Virginia Biotechnology Association. “This facility is an incredible resource.”
“Prince William County is well established as a leading location for life sciences companies and forensic research facilities,” said Jeffrey A. Kaczmarek, Executive Director of Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development. “With firms like ATCC and Mediatech, a Corning Life Sciences company, and facilities such as the Virginia Forensics Lab, FBI Northern Virginia Resident Agency and the GMU/NIH Level-3 Biosafety Research Laboratory – as well as the cutting edge research in proteomics, bioinformatics and biodefense at George Mason University’s Prince William campus – life sciences companies find remarkable access to talent, multiple opportunities for collaboration and incredible prospect for growth here in Prince William County.”
Innovation Technology Park, according to Kaczmarek, was a natural fit for the new facility.
“Anchored by George Mason University’s Prince William Campus, Innovation Technology Park is the largest and fastest-growing cluster of forensics and life sciences companies and facilities in Northern Virginia,” said Kaczmarek. “The new Science Accelerator is well aligned with the Park’s existing development and we expect it to serve as a catalyst for additional growth in the future.”
The Prince William County Department of Economic Development leased the space for the new Science Accelerator in a new facility constructed via a joint venture between Rinker Design Associates, P.C. (RDA) and NAL Research. This Class-A office building houses the headquarters for both firms on the second and third floors respectively. The new Science Accelerator will occupy the building’s ground floor.
“We are excited to partner with the County on the new Science Accelerator,” said Edward “Jeb” Snider, Jr., President of Rinker Design Associates, P.C. “We expect significant development opportunities to continue here in coming decades and believe that the Science Accelerator will be a key catalyst for growth.”
We believe that Innovation Technology Park is an extremely well located premier business park that will be the center of substantial development opportunities over the next several decades.” said Snider. “We believe being headquartered in this location will help propel our company to new and exciting business opportunities and help us better serve our existing clientele. “
The building owners were represented in the deal by Dan Gonzalez and Tom Sandlin of Avison Young. Gonzalez and Sandlin have partnered previously with the Prince William County Department of Economic Development on several life sciences projects in the County including facilities for Mediatech and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.
“Dan and Tom were great partners both in the conceptual development of this project and in bringing our vision to market,” said Kaczmarek. “They know the life sciences market and have several key deals in this space under their belt. They brought a lot of expertise to the table.”
“With the an established community of key players in the life and forensics sciences, along with the incredible research occurring at George Mason’s Prince William Campus, Prince William County is an attractive location for growing life sciences firms,” said Gonzalez, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Biotechnology Association. “Prince William County’s Economic Development team understands the life sciences market has consistently demonstrated a commitment to growing the corporate and governmental life and forensics science cluster in their community.”
Locating in the Prince William Science Accelerator
Space is now available for custom build-out in the Prince William Science Accelerator. For information about locating in the Accelerator companies can contact the Prince William County Department of Economic Development at 703-792-5500, or via email at [email protected]. Additional information is available online at http://accelerate.pwcecondev.org.
About Prince William County, Virginia
Prince William County was ranked #3 nationwide for job growth by the BLS from 2010 – 2011, and was ranked #8 nationally for job growth from 2000 – 2011 by CNN Money. Over the last 10 years at-place employment in Prince William County has grown by nearly 37%, adding an average of 2,704 net new jobs annually. During the same time period, Prince William County has seen 57% growth in the number of establishments located in the County.
For information about the advantages of locating or expanding a business in Prince William County, please contact the Prince William County Department of Economic Development at 703-792-5500 or visit us online at www.pwcecondev.org