Alabama is betting $65 million that its new HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville will prove the launch pad for a burgeoning new biotech industry. One wing of the institute opened for business has already maxed out with 12 biotechs moving in. Another wing is under construction to house researchers--the secret sauce in what economic development officials are fervently hoping will prove a potent mixture of scientific endeavor and commercial know-how. Tenants include Antarus Biotech, Applied Genomics, Conversant Healthcare Systems, CFD Research, Expression Genetics, Extremozyme, Microarrays, New Century Pharmaceuticals, Open Biosystems, Serina Therapeutics, Source CF and Theragnostix Reference Laboratories. And with others looking to join them, new buildings are under consideration.
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