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Dawn Saunders Saunders: “The level of collaboration between landlords and tenants in the life sciences sector is much more critical than with other product types, and being a passive observer will not work if an owner wants to lease to life-sciences companies.”

SAN DIEGO—Life-sciences companies are more heavily regulated than other types of users for items including parking counts, hazardous-materials storage and use and zoning compliance. This permeates many different areas of the lease, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP’s newest partner Dawn Saunders tells GlobeSt.com. Specializing in the life-sciences and biotech industries, Saunders has launched a life science/biotech leasing practice for the San Diego-based firm. We sat down with her for an exclusive chat about the unique challenges and opportunities these industries present—from regulatory compliance to the importance of owner/tenant collaboration.

Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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