NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — A pair of projects taking shape in New York reflects the most ambitious effort to date that seeks to transform the city into a top-tier national bio-cluster.
Construction has begun on the 725,000-square-foot first phase of East River Science Park, an office-laboratory complex on Manhattan’s East Side being built by Alexandria Real Estate Equities.

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