COLUMBIA, MD-Martek BioSciences, a biotech company, has renewed andexpanded its space in this submarket, for a total of 86,367 squarefeet. The company expanded by approximately 10,000 square feet to 20,000 squarefeet, says Henry Bernstein, a principal with Scheer Partners, whichrepresented the tenant in the deal.

The building, owned by the Baltimore-based Preston Partners, islocated at 6480 Dobbin Rd. Adam Nachlas, formerly a senior vice president with Scheer Partners, who now works at Manekin, served as the lead broker representing Martek. Bernstein says the lease is a testament to the growing activity in the biotech space–despite the company’s Columbia locale. Martek “grew uphere” from its founding in the 1990s, Bernstein says, and justcontinued to expand. More typically, though, biotech companies tend tofocus on the 270 Corridor around Gaithersburg.”There are a number of biotech companies in Howard County andColumbia, but they haven’t been the beneficiary of the speculative labspace that has been built up in Gaithersburg,” he says.

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