Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biotech Startups Get New Partner in Research Organization

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Biotech Startups Get New Partner in Research Organization

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Pittsburgh's fledgling pharmaceutical startup industry could get a lift in a new collaboration between Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and privately held Helomics Corp.

Helomics, a contract research organization specializing in personalized medicine, is creating flexible wet lab space at its Lawrenceville headquarters, where pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotech startups can bulk up while creating new products.

Helomics also offers an ecosystem of investors, researchers and others to nurture new companies in a way that hasn't been done before in the city, president and CEO Gerald Vardzel said.

"We have a foundation here, leading universities and a great work ethic," he said. "I think this is a huge step forward."

Pittsburgh has historically been a center for the information technology and medical device startups, but pharmaceutical development has lagged behind Philadelphia, Boston and other startup hubs. …

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