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Maryland Forensic Medical Center Expands in BioPark
September 20, 2010
The official opening of the Maryland Forensic Medical Center marks an exciting new step in the growth of the University of Maryland BioPark and brings “CSI style” forensic science to a community that thrives on pushing the edge of discovery.
Maryland’s Chief Medical Examiner David Fowler, MD, a member of the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says, “The educational and research opportunities provided by this new building are a byproduct of the close relationship between the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the University of Maryland and other area universities. This is a place where we will advance medical education for students, where they will be able to work with the most sophisticated tools in forensic science, and a place where we will advance research into some of society’s most difficult medical mysteries.”
“With the opening of the Forensic Medical Center, there will be more than 500 people working in the University of Maryland BioPark in 400,000 square feet of lab and office space with $180 million in capital investment,” says Jim Hughes, President of the University’s Research Park Corporation.
On October 18, the BioPark celebrates its 5th anniversary. It is the home of a growing community of science with 22 tenants including 14 emerging, high-growth life science companies and translational research centers. For early-stage to mature bioscience companies, the BioPark offers a sophisticated laboratory and office environment on the University’s vibrant academic medical center campus. In 2007, the Association for University Research Parks named the BioPark the "Emerging University Research Science Park of the Year."
Among the current tenants of the BioPark is the Baltimore City Community College Life Sciences Institute where students now train in medical technology and forensic science fields for potential opportunities to work with the OCME.
The 10-acre BioPark is located on the west side of the University of Maryland campus in Baltimore and includes 3 buildings plus garage parking and landscaped green space. Through the addition of new jobs and new commercial tenants, including the Café Gourmet, the Goodwill Boutique, and a branch of the Harbor Bank of Maryland, the BioPark already has had a positive impact. Development of a fourth building is planned for late 2010.
The University of Maryland BioPark is home to a growing community of translational research centers, venture-backed life science startups, contract research organizations, and focused educational programs. The 10-acre research park will include 1.8 million square feet of wet lab and office space, parking garages, and landscaped parks at final build-out.