North Bay Life Science Alliance Mobilizes as California’s Bay Area Biotech Sector Soars
Bay Area Represents 60 Percent of all California Patent Activity
NOVATO, Calif. & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The North Bay Life Science Alliance (NBLSA), a collaborative of public and private institutions in California’s North Bay, (just north of San Francisco and consisting of Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties), today officially launched an initiative to nurture the growth and acceleration of the life science sector in the region. Chris Stewart, Chairman and CEO of the NBLSA, presented the initiative this morning to attendees of the 2014 BIO International Convention in San Diego.
“Researchers can come here today and get started in world-class facilities tomorrow”
According to Gail Maderis, President and CEO of BayBio, “California’s Bay Area has long been known as the U.S. hot spot for life sciences and claims 60 percent of California’s patent activity. The industry is growing and we have seen the North Bay become an attractive location for companies large and small. We are excited to see the North Bay Life Science Alliance roll out the welcoming mat.”
The North Bay currently employs nearly 9,000 people in the life science industry and is home to more than 400 life science companies and institutions, including BioMarin, Ultragenyx, Genentech and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
Committed to developing treatments for rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: RARE) established itself in the North Bay’s city of Novato in 2010. Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and President of Ultragenyx, commented, “The North Bay offers a pool of well-educated and experienced life science professionals, the cost of commercial space is attractive, and the infrastructure is well equipped to support the growing life science community. Commuting employees can enjoy an easy trip to the office and for those of us who live here – the North Bay is beautiful.”
The North Bay has a long history of being committed to education. Fifty-one percent of Marin residents have a bachelor’s degree, 20 percent higher than the rest of California. With the region’s close proximity to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, U.C. San Francisco, Stanford University, U.C. Davis and Sonoma State University, North Bay businesses have access to research facilities, collaboration opportunities and highly educated professionals.
“Researchers can come here today and get started in world-class facilities tomorrow,” said Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. “We have five partners at the Buck who stepped straight into state of the art labs to perform their vital research.”
Chris Stewart noted that the region’s capabilities go beyond discovery.
“Member counties cover every need in drug discovery, development and commercialization, with specialist service providers, equipment suppliers and ample space for offices and manufacturing. Couple this with the high quality of life provided by the North Bay and we are the next hot spot for life science.”
The North Bay Life Science Alliance was established in 2014 by a group of like-minded professionals, educators and public leaders dedicated to welcoming the growth of the life science industry across the region. To learn more, visit www.NorthBayLifeScienceAlliance.com.