San Diego Third Biggest Life Science Market in US

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The life science market in San Diego is among the top in the country. According to a report from Cushman & Wakefield, San Diego is the third largest Biotech Hub in the country, behind Cambridge and San Francisco. The market has more than 19 million square feet of biotech space, and the number is growing. In the last several quarters, demand has increased by nearly 2 million square feet, and in the second quarter of 2018 alone, tenants absorbed 212,000 square feet of biotech space. The market has always had a biotech presence, but the sector has grown rapidly this cycle.

“San Diego’s life sciences sector has been on a gradual expansion over the last 10 years, since the 2008 recession,” Greg Bisconti, executive director and national practice group leader of life sciences advisory group at Cushman & Wakefield, tells GlobeSt.com. “Over the last year, funding level in life sciences has grown slowly, but the number of financings has decreased. Essentially, we’re seeing more money go into fewer companies, and the typical Series A is approaching $20-30 million versus the $5-10 million that we saw just a few years ago. Additionally, M&A and IPO activity has also hit new highs. While it feels a bit frothy, there is still a lot of money chasing deals and the amount of VC funding being raised is still on the rise. San Diego is known as the Genomics capital of the world. Overall a large part of the growth of the sector has to do with companies like Illumina making San Diego their headquarters.”

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