Triad Technology Center to get new research tenant N.J. firm to fill Scios Nova space

August 13, 1993|By Ellen James Martin | Ellen James Martin,Staff Writer

The Hopkins Bayview Research Campus is getting a boost from a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company that will lease 17,313 square feet of laboratory space in the Triad Technology Center.

Barre-National, a Maryland-based subsidiary of A. L. Laboratories Inc., is taking over space vacated late last year by Scios Nova Inc., another pharmaceutical firm, which consolidated its local operations at the city-owned Holabird Industrial Park.

Barre-National develops both generic and proprietary pharmaceutical products -- including liquid, topical, suppository and inhaled products -- including several drugs with dermatological uses.

"We were having a terrible time finding lab space. There is very little top-quality lab space in Baltimore," said George Barrett, president of Barre-National.

Barre-National has 50 people working at the facility. Altogether, it employs 560 people in Baltimore.

Mr. Barrett said the lab facility will consolidate pharmaceutical development projects for the company now done in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. He said he expects expanded employment in the near future, although he declined to speculate on the number of jobs to be added.

"We're excited about this new R&D [research and development] operation moving to the Triad Tech Center. Satisfying the demand for lab space is our top priority and we are already planning ahead for our next building," said David O. Hash, director of property development for the Dome Corp., whose corporate parents are the nonprofit Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

The Hopkins Bayview Research Campus, on 1,300 acres in East Baltimore, employs more than 4,000 people. Its major facilities include the Francis Scott Key Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Gerontology Research Center, the NIH Addiction Research Center, and the Alpha Center, an incubator for start-up companies.

The Triad Technology Center is a 100,000-square-foot laboratory and office building that is now fully leased to institutional, federal and corporate tenants.

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