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How 'innovation districts' are continuing the fight against COVID-19
Brookings Institution  |  April 28, 2020
Last month, I wrote about innovation districts’ critical efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Since the outset of the pandemic, these districts have leveraged their academic research capabilities, innovation infrastructure (e.g., laboratories, advanced technologies, Big Data for modeling), and local and global peer networks to understand and contain the spread of the coronavirus. These efforts demonstrate the power of coordinated and concentrated efforts to address an unprecedented global challenge.
In the month since I first wrote about these efforts, the pandemic has intensified exponentially and now impacts at least 183 countries. As the urgency for solutions increases, 11 additional districts have come forward with innovative approaches to combating the virus. The Global Institute on Innovation Districts has now collected detailed information from 18 total innovation districts in nine countries that are working to identify solutions to the pandemic—demonstrating how these places are essential in tackling highly complex and cross-sectoral challenges.
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Duke Researchers To Begin Slowly Returning to Their Labs, with Masks

May 7, 2020 | Duke Today
In a townhall meeting conducted via Zoom on Wednesday afternoon, Vice President for Research Larry Carin outlined how and when Duke’s research labs will begin to reopen – some perhaps as early as next week.  

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Innovation Quarter launches healthtech lab initiative

April 30, 2020 | Winston-Salem Journal
Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter has announced the establishment of iQ Healthtech Labs, a physical and virtual hub for developing partnerships and breakthrough ideas within and through the iconic innovation district. 

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How Innovation Quarter became a rallying point for the "Mask the City" effort

April 25, 2020 | Innovation Quarter
On a normal day, Bailey Power Plant is a bustling, mixed-use building, filled with researchers, intellectual property experts, entrepreneurs and inventors, working just a few floors up from a pizzeria, a brewery and a fitness studio. But for the last five weeks, the building has sat mostly empty.

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Founder of Philadelphia life sciences firms targets RNA as key to knocking out Covid-19

May 6, 2020 | Philadelphia Business Journal
Veenu Aishwarya's two Philadelphia life sciences companies have jointly launched a research program called "Knockdown Coronavirus," which has a goal of developing a treatment for Covid-19.

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Arizona Trends Day Session Focuses on Health Care Innovation

April 10, 2020 | UrbanLand
Innovations in medicine and trends in health care delivery are affecting the design and development of health-related facilities, services, and amenities in Arizona, panelists said during the “The Future of Healthcare and Biotechnology” session at the 2020 ULI Arizona Trends Day.

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Q1 Data Paints Positive Picture Of  Philadelphia's Office Market
Q1 Data Paints Positive Picture Of Philadelphia's Office Market

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/strong-philadelphia-office-market-can-withstand-economic-slowdown-103874?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

April 13, 2020 | BisNow
Philadelphia's life sciences boom continues to boost the city's office market. Wexford Science & Technology and Ventas broke ground on their $280M One uCity Square development in January. The speculative property, which is being developed in conjunction with the University City Sciences Center, has pre-leasing commitments from Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular.

Philadelphia's life sciences boom continues to boost the city's office market. Wexford Science & Technology and Venta broke ground on their $280M One Ucity Square development in January. The speculative property, which is being developed in conjunction with the University City Sciences Center, has pre-leasing commitments from Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/strong-philadelphia-office-market-can-withstand-economic-slowdown-103874?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
Philadelphia's life sciences boom continues to boost the city's office market. Wexford Science & Technology and Venta broke ground on their $280M One Ucity Square development in January. The speculative property, which is being developed in conjunction with the University City Sciences Center, has pre-leasing commitments from Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/strong-philadelphia-office-market-can-withstand-economic-slowdown-103874?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
Philadelphia's life sciences boom continues to boost the city's office market. Wexford Science & Technology and Venta broke ground on their $280M One Ucity Square development in January. The speculative property, which is being developed in conjunction with the University City Sciences Center, has pre-leasing commitments from Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/strong-philadelphia-office-market-can-withstand-economic-slowdown-103874?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
Philadelphia's life sciences boom continues to boost the city's office market. Wexford Science & Technology and Venta broke ground on their $280M One Ucity Square development in January. The speculative property, which is being developed in conjunction with the University City Sciences Center, has pre-leasing commitments from Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/philadelphia/news/commercial-real-estate/strong-philadelphia-office-market-can-withstand-economic-slowdown-103874?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser
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Health care construction resuming in Bloomfield

April 8, 2020 | Pittsburgh Business Times
Construction work resumed Wednesday on the University of Pittsburgh and Wexford Science + Technology's health care research building in a former Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Bloomfield.

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Biotech: Finding The DNA For Success

April 4, 2020 | Business Facilities Magazine
With a vibrant downtown, a large population of highly trained and educated young people entering the workforce, a great startup ecosystem, as well as multiple highly accredited universities and research institutions, biotech is at the pulse of this growing metropolis.

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Why Pitt's work years ago helped it quickly develop a potential coronavirus vaccine

April 2, 2020 | Pittsburgh Business Times
More than 50 years after Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine eradicated a global scourge, Salk's intellectual successors at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC are hoping to do the same thing with a vaccine candidate they developed over the past few months to squelch the threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

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