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Murrieta expands its biotechnology business cluster

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A major focus of the City of Murrieta Economic Development Strategy is to encourage the establishment of additional biosciences and other technology businesses in Murrieta and in the Southern California “Twin Cities” area, which consists of the neighboring cities of Murrieta and Temecula.

“The Murrieta area is already strongly linked economically and geographically to San Diego and represents a logical extension of the San Diego tech and biosciences cluster,” according to Bruce Coleman, economic development director for Murrieta.

The Murrieta/Temecula Twin Cities area continues to see the growth of an emerging biotech industry, including Abbott Vascular in Temecula, which offers a range of products to treat vascular disease, and Millipore, a cutting-edge life sciences company that conducts antibody development and production in the area. FFE is one of the nation’s largest distributors of plasma products, vaccines and other biopharmaceuticals. Medical Extrusion Technologies is a Murrieta-based medical device manufacturer of custom tubing extrusion products.

The city of Murrieta is also home to Copan Diagnostics USA, which is the U.S. affiliate of an Italian company. This Murrieta-based medical devices company recently relocated its Connecticut manufacturing operations to Murrieta as part of a major local expansion. International Immunology Corp. is a Japanese-owned leading manufacturer in the diagnostics industry located in Murrieta.

Loma Linda University has selected Murrieta as the site for the new 50-acre Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta campus. The first phase of the project includes a teaching hospital, which is already under construction and will open in early 2011, with nearly 500 new employees. The project was approved by the city under the new Fast Track Incentive Program in a record one-year time frame. LLUMC-Murrieta will serve as the anchor for the development of the new North Murrieta Technology Corridor, which will become the home to health care, medical device, life sciences and other technology companies. The city is creating a new Office/Research Park Zone and is funding the cost for the Environmental Impact Report in order to spur development of a Technology Park adjacent to LLUMC-Murrieta.

Murrieta offers significant advantages to technology businesses, including easy access to four Southern California airports (San Diego, LAX, Orange County and L.A./Ontario). Murrieta’s ideal location midway between San Diego and Los Angeles/Orange County, at the convergence of the I-15 and I-215 freeways, creates easy business access to more than 20 million people within Southern California.

“Murrieta offers a great quality of life, a highly qualified employee base, affordable land and buildings, a full range of housing from executive estates to work force housing, and excellent schools with an API test score of 836, up from 826 in 2009. These scores exceed the state’s exemplary mark of 800,” said Kim Davidson, Murrieta’s business development manager.

The Murrieta City Council understands the needs of business and has created a pro-business environment designed to encourage investment in the community. The city is creating an International Business Resource Center at City Hall to promote international trade, exporting by our local manufacturers and foreign direct investment -- recognizing our location within the Pacific Rim.

Submitted by the city of Murrieta

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