Room to Grow

An old factory building in Harlem will soon house start-up biotech companies, the New York Daily News reports. The spot, called Harlem Biospace, is the brainchild of Sam Sia, a biomedical engineering professor at Columbia University.

"We're trying to lower the barrier for early stage biospace companies which usually require wet-labs and expensive equipment," Sia tells the Daily News.

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