The Los Angeles office market is having a moment, thanks to historically low unemployment rates and a dynamic local economy. According to the third quarter report from Avison Young, the market clocked nearly 450,000 square feet of office absorption in last quarter, bringing year-to-date absorption to 600,000 square feet. Biotech and life science markets are accounting for a large portion of these gains in office space

“Southern California has historically been a hotbed for biotech and life science activity,” Arty Maharajh, research manager for Los Angeles at Avison Young, tells “The Los Angeles market, in particular, has enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with Cambridge/Boston and the Bay Area in life sciences, engineering technology, and venture capital funding. Similar to how Harvard’s medical program and MIT have created a very important partnership, UCLA’s medical program and Caltech strategically collaborate on research as well.”

The presence of biotech firms is growing in the market, and Los Angeles and Ventura County have launched BioLA to capture even more firms. “L.A. is repositioning itself as a cancer research and treatment epicenter and hopes to usurp San Francisco and Boston as a top biotech hub seeing massive venture capital investment in life sciences in L.A,” says Maharajh. “Another recent announcement this year indicating LA’s push to be a life science force was the announcement of USC’s Los Angeles cancer institute funded by co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison who donated $200 million to establish it.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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