Work could begin later this year on a $1.2 million bioscience lab in Oro Valley, Arizona which will be part of a larger and evolving bioscience business park.
The one-story 4,000 square-foot facility, with office space, will belong to the Oro Valley Innovation Labs.
It has also been proposed that the facility may in the future be built out for a total of 10,000 square feet.
Long in the planning stage, the facility will primarily be used to help medical diagnostics-centered bioscience startup efforts, and will also house mentorship and training programs.
The bioscience business incubator campus is already the home to Icagen Incorporated, a pharmaceutical development company, and Roche Tissue Diagnostics, which provides cancer diagnostic solutions.
Pima County officials earlier attempted to fund construction of the incubator, but that project was rejected by voters as part of a $815 million bond issue four years ago.
Despite that defeat, University of Arizona President Robert Robbins last year unveiled a strategic plan that included a collaborative effort between the school and Oro Valley in the development of the biotech business park.
By Garry Boulard
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