The 200-employee company now has room to expand, with 77,400 square feet of new office and lab space and a 9,150 square foot courtyard. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee attended the event.
“Absci has been an incredibly positive force in the Vancouver community since establishing its headquarters here in 2016,” said Inslee ina statement.
Absci occupies an unusual geographic niche, based in Washington state but part of the Portland, Ore., area. The biotech, which provides drug and drug target discovery services to other companies, pulls employees from both states.
The facility was built in a close collaboration between Absci, Portland design firm Bora Architecture & Interiors, and contractor Bremik Construction. The company leases the space from Pac Trust.
“We designed the light-filled space around collaboration and the pursuit of scientific excellence,” said McClain in a statement.
McClain envisions that Absci will ultimately become the “Google of synthetic biology,” he previouslytold GeekWire.
The company uses in silico models to optimize designs of protein therapeutics, and synthetic biology approaches and custom-engineeredE. colistrains to manufacture them and screen them for optimal activity. To support its platform, Absci recently acquired synthetic biology company Totient and deep learning startup Denovium, which analyzes protein function and behavior.
Absci has partnerships with several drug companies including Merk and Xyphos Biotechnology. In October Absci inked a partnership with EQRx, whichaims to makeless expensive versions of approved drugs. The partnership will “advance next-generation, protein-based therapeutics at more affordable costs for patients,” according toa statementannouncing the collaboration.
Absci is in the earlier stages of signing up partners and growing revenue, which last year was $4.7 million, up from $2 million for 2019. Revenuewas $0.7 millionfor the second quarter of this year.
The new building adds to the state’s inventory of badly needed lab space. Seattle had only about a 2% vacancy rate for lab space in 2020,according toCBRE research. A new life sciences hub is being built at Seattle’salmost three-acre Mercer Mega Blockand this September Adaptive Biotechnologies unveiledits new headquartersin the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood.