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PRESS RELEASE: Dumanis tours Life Sciences Innovation Center, cites importance of bio-tech incubators

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THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE BONNIE DUMANIS CAMPAIGN

SAN DIEGO -- Reaffirming her commitment to making San Diego a thriving "start-up" city, Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis toured La Jolla’s Janssen Labs, the newest innovation center for fledging companies pursing new bio-technologies and research platforms to advance medical care.

"Janssen Labs is doing for San Diego's bio-tech start-ups what EvoNexus has done for San Diego's high-tech start-ups. They’re bringing together, under one roof, some of the brightest and most promising San Diego companies in a shared facility. The result is an environment that nurtures and supports creativity and innovation. So-called ‘incubators’ are critical to keeping San Diego at the forefront of the bio-tech industry and, more importantly, creating jobs for our region," said Dumanis.

Dr. Diego Miralles gives Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis a preview of the new Janssen Labs bio-tech 'incubator.'

“’Incubators’ like Janssen Labs are an important part of my vision to elevate San Diego on the world stage, solidifying our city as a leader in international commerce and supporter of innovative new technologies.”

Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, L.L.C. has converted 35,000 square feet of research and office space into an "incubator lab" at the company's La Jolla-based West Coast Research Center. The Center is designed to reduce initial costs for biotech companies committed to bringing new drugs and devices to consumers faster.

Johnson & Johnson has plans to recruit as many as 20 small companies to occupy the lab. The structure allows the start-ups to focus their limited funding on the research rather than costly capital investments. Each company pays a reduced rent fee, then shares access to several expensive research devices and are afforded the bulk supply purchasing ability under the Johnson & Johnson corporate umbrella.