We were wondering about a possible modern equivalent to the city of San Diego’s post-WWII gifts of giant parcels of Torrey Pines Mesa land to researchers and companies like General Atomics and the Salk Institute.
Carlsbad might have one.
A new operation – Bio, Tech and Beyond – has its grand opening Friday. It’s part laboratory, part shared workspace, part incubator for fledgling companies, part space for “citizen scientists.”
The city of Carlsbad offered the group a 6,000-square-foot building that’s been vacant for more than a decade for $1 a year for five years. The city’s also fixing up the building and paying the gas and electric bills for the first year. Here are the city’s terms of the agreement.
The city’s calculation has a few roots. Big life-sciences companies like Life Technologies, Isis Pharmaceuticals and Genoptix already have bases in Carlsbad. The city hopes to nurture fledgling companies that will grow like those ones and bring new jobs, products and patents to the city.
The effort attempts to address the question of bringing down the costs for scientific research. For a long time throughout history, “either very wealthy patrons, or the king” paid for such endeavors, said Joseph Jackson, one of Bio, Tech and Beyond’s co-founders.