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United they stand?

Crosstown rivals Hopkins, University of Maryland working together to push biotech projects

Baltimore Business Journal

It has been said that this town isn't big enough for the two of them. It also has been said that the rivalry -- real or perceived -- between them might derail one or both of their dueling downtown biomedical research projects.

For now, officials at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are proving the naysayers wrong.

The two institutions -- each with plans to construct massive biotech parks near their downtown campuses that will house top-notch researchers and employ hundreds of people -- are taking steps to discourage the notion that they are Baltimore's version of the Hatfields and McCoys.

Both sides are present at meetings designed to update city leaders on the progress of both park projects. East Baltimore Development Inc., the group that is leading the development of the Hopkins park, is studying the synergism between the two projects.