The Biocorridor will bring big changes to Bryan/College Station Economy

Posted by Terrence Murphy Sr. on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 11:45am

College Station is known as the Research Valley because it’s a center for medical research. The Research Valley is always growing and is now moving toward becoming the Research Valley biocorridor. The biocorridor will be a collaboration among clinicians, scientists, government, students, area residents, and commercial partners. The goal is to promote innovation and education while accelerating the economic growth in our area. The idea is that entrepreneurs, researchers, industry leaders, students, and sponsors will work together to solve challenges in the field of global health. The biocorridor would work with research for humans, animals and the environment. The One Health PlusTM  biocorridor is driving innovation for the biotherapeutic and biopharmaceutical industries. They are working to be a center for commercialization and production of pharmaceuticals and vaccines in College Station. Currently Texas A&M has a complex for vaccines because of a large federal grant that aims to make College Station a hub for vaccine and bioterror preparedness. Over 25 years the contract is estimated to be worth $2 billion.

In North Carolina there is a business park that is the basis for our design of the biocorridor in College Station. The Research Triangle Park is the model for current business parks.  The health care industry supplies about $752 million annually to the local economy in North Carolina and contributes 11,980 jobs. The Research Valley Biocorridor expects similar results with job creation, and graduate retention goals, just like North Carolina but the today’s research parks have improved since then. Now many research parks are directly connected to a university, are closely integrated with conference centers, restaurants, hotels, and residential uses. The research park in College Station plans to incorporate the city and to cause economic growth and attract high tech professional opportunities for the area. College Station also has plans to expand Easterwood Airport in the future which will help bring businesses in knowing that there is a local airport for easy access.

Todd E. McDaniel, President and CEO of the Research Valley Partnership said “This is a full partnership between community, university and industry. We are thrilled to announce that we are fully operational and are looking to invite businesses to be a part of this exciting venture.”

Above is the master plan for the bio- park and the town center.

The biocorridor wants to not only be a hot spot for research and development but to also help develop College Station in other ways. At the heart of the biocorridor will be the Town Center which is a focal point of development of retail, offices, commercial, residential, and entertainment. They want to fill this district with activity 24/7 and make it the epicenter of interaction for the city.  According to the chamber of commerce in 2012, 64% of local businesses saw an increase in sales in the last year in College station. This trend is expected to continue with the addition of the biorcorridor. “During the next few years of construction the center will create about 1,000 jobs in the Bryan-College Station area. After the facilities are up and running many more well-paying jobs will come. There is also considerable promise for pharmaceutical companies to relocate to the Brazos Valley,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

Above is the arial view of the current vaccine complex at Texas A&M

Buildings included in the biocorridor are:

Clinical:

  • Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center
  • Texas Brain and Spine Institute
  • Kalon Biotherapeutics

Manufacturing:

  • National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM)
  • The Texas A&M Center for Innovation (CIADM)
  • Kalon Biotherapeutics
  • Caliber Biotherapeutics
  • G-Con, LLC

Preclinical:

  • Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS)

Research:

  • Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
  • Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine (TIGM)
  • Texas A&M AgriLife
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Texas Engineering Experiment Station

Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building

Sources:

Researchvalley.org

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