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Beginning with Hybritech's first facility in 1979, the Burnham Life Sciences Group has become San Diego's leading provider of biomedical real estate services, routinely negotiating over 65 percent of life sciences-related leases in the region.

According to Brent Jacobs, a senior vice president with Burnham and an original founder of the Life Sciences Group, the team prides itself on being the real estate broker of choice for life sciences firms of any stage.

"This sector of the commercial real estate industry is so specialized that it requires a higher level of attention, involvement and understanding of the industry itself," said Jacobs, who is joined on the team by Greg Bisconti and Brian Cooper. "Our team is structured to provide the highest level of service possible to our clients and we demonstrate our dedication to their success through personal involvement in promoting issues of importance to the industry."

The Burnham Life Sciences Group's leadership in the industry is evidenced by its board-level involvement in organizations like BIOCOM, The Burnham Institute, and the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine.

"Not only does this help us to better understand the challenges these companies face, but we are able to better anticipate their needs and affect positive change on their behalf," said Bisconti, whose roots as a financial analyst and experience as a broker in the tech-driven San Francisco Bay area allow him to provide bottom-line technical analyses of each client's real estate alternatives. As part of the CONNECT Framework workshops, he recently conducted a seminar on common pitfalls in laboratory leases.

As a three-year member of the Burnham Life Sciences Group, Cooper has a hand in all aspects of marketing, analysis, and transaction management, in addition to establishing new relationships. His experience as an engineer at Annapolis gives him a keen insight into the technical aspects of laboratory uses and space requirements.

"I'm always attentive to the level of specialization in laboratory facilities, whether it is in clean rooms, animal facilities, or standard biology and chemistry suites," Cooper said. "Fully understanding the challenges a building presents to each intended use is invaluable to our clients as they look at new locations."

With BIOCOM, Jacobs co-chairs the facilities committee and Bisconti and Cooper participate on the facilities and public policy committees. "When a real estate-related issue comes up that will adversely effect the life sciences industry, our goal is to work with other industry players to craft responsible solutions," Jacobs said. "This is the best way we can be true stakeholders in San Diego's life sciences community."

The Burnham Life Sciences Group is a specialized industry group within Burnham Real Estate, a company providing comprehensive real estate services to clients throughout the southwestern United States. Established in 1891 and headquartered in San Diego, the company has five regional offices in Southern California and one in Las Vegas. Company services include traditional brokerage along with corporate services, asset services, capital markets, advisory services, strategic corporate consulting and project management. The Burnham web address is www.burnhamrealestate.com.

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