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City highlights South End's Crosstown Cluster in new video

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  June 1, 2012 02:46 PM

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The South End’s life sciences district is the latest LifeTech Boston initiative to be highlighted by the city.

The area near the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 93 is known as the Crosstown Cluster and was featured in a video highlighting the area ahead of this month’s BIO International Convention.

The cluster, one of five in the city, is home to Bio Square research park, a 14 acre campus with 700,000 square feet of lab and office space.

That space is home to Matrivax, a vaccine manufacturer whose vice president of research and business development Kevin Killeen talked about the benefits of working in an area shared by other life science companies and institutions, including Boston Medical Center.

The park is also near Boston University’s BioScience Academy, which provides life science workforce training, making it easier for Matrivax to find qualified employees, Killeen said.

The cluster is part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s LifeTech Boston, an initiative started in 2004 to foster the growth of life sciences in the city.

The program, administered by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, aims to attract local, national, and international companies by offering assistance with site selection, financing, workforce development, and permitting.

A new district will be featured weekly leading up to the convention in South Boston's Innovation District starting June 18.

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