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Clark County strives to capitalize on surging life sciences industry

first_imgJonathan DeHart had hoped to land his company, a fledgling manufacturer of gene sequencing devices borne out of incubators at Intel, in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Then they found a glitch.The kind of space that they were looking for, called wet lab space, wasn’t very abundant here. As a young company still raising its early funds, they had to find space to rent. Building their own space was a nonstarter.“When you’re young and early, you’ve got to put your capital toward tech development,” he said. “You can’t be spending $300,000 to a $1 million just to build a space to start working.”Northshore Bio, as it would eventually be called, made a compromise: locate its administrative offices in Camas, near the robust research scene revolving around Oregon Health & Science University, and its wet lab space in Seattle.It’s one company’s story, but it offers a glimpse into some directions Clark County has to take to reach its goal of becoming a hotbed for life sciences firms. Seattle has a road map: a powerhouse research institution in its backyard, capital investors, and it is loaded with lab space and other infrastructure.last_img read more