USC, Cal State Los Angeles, and local officials have long pushed for a bioscience community in the industrial area between Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Cal State L.A. campus just east of downtown.

USC, Cal State Los Angeles, and local officials have long pushed for a bioscience community in the industrial area between Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Cal State L.A. campus just east of downtown.

USC, Cal State Los Angeles, and local officials have long pushed for a bioscience community in the industrial area between Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Cal State L.A. campus just east of downtown. Now, developer Agora Partners is pitching in, pouring private investment into plans to develop a “bioscience corridor.”

Agora with ASG Real Estate bought a former factory on Alhambra Boulevard in April for just over $2 million and is converting the 22,000-square-foot site into offices and labs. The idea is to snag startups that have outgrown incubators and need high-security facilities but can’t afford pricier areas.

Howard Kozloff, a managing partner at West L.A.-based Agora, said he would seek up to 10 tenants in bioscience research and manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Cal State Los Angeles is building LA BioSpace, a 20,000-square-foot incubator set to open next year, according to the project’s website. In addition, USC President C.L. Max Nikias last year renewed the university’s pledge to build a Biotechnology Park next to its Health Sciences Campus.

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