Systaaq Diagnostic Products Inc., a molecular diagnostics company that specializes in developing early diagnosis for infectious diseases, is the newest tenant in the Prince William Science Accelerator in Innovation Park, located in Manassas, VA.
At Innovation Park, Systaaq will benefit from an innovative and synergistic community of scientists within an already well-established life sciences industry cluster and access to George Mason University Science & Technology Campus. The company joins existing wet lab space tenants Ceres Nanosciences, ISOThrive, and Virongy.
“Having outgrown our existing space in Baltimore, MD, we needed to find adequate, cost-effective, wet lab space preferably in an environment that was best-suited to the groundbreaking work we do,” said Systaaq’s President, Dr. Shahid Aziz. “The Prince William Science Accelerator is the ideal choice for us as it provides the highest-value, lowest-cost option within the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.”
“We are thrilled to be part of such a vibrant research ecosystem surrounded by other similar, new and established life sciences companies, not to mention George Mason University and its associated research programs,” added Aziz.
“It is with a great deal of excitement that we welcome Systaaq to the Prince William Science Accelerator and to Prince William County,” said Jeff Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development. “Their work in developing timely and accurate diagnoses particularly with respect to infectious diseases has the potential to significantly reduce costs, improve wellness and above all, save lives. Considering the profiles of the other life sciences companies currently located in Innovation Park and the game-changing research already taking place, I have no doubt that Systaaq will be a natural fit within our life sciences cluster and I eagerly await the synergistic opportunities that will naturally arise.”
Established in 2014, the Prince William Science Accelerator supports the growth of early-stage and small life science companies. It features approximately 9,000 square feet of wet lab space subdivided into nine labs. Wet labs range in size from 439 square feet to 1,141 square feet and have shared amenities such as conference rooms, a reception and receiving area. The addition of Systaaq will allow for two-thirds occupancy with full tenancy expected by the end of 2016, given strong interest in the remaining three labs.
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