CAMBRIDGE, MA-Pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis will take 73,000 sf of space near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The long-term lease will more than double the firm’s size when it relocates into Fort Washington Research Center at 270 Albany St. in the second quarter of 2007.

The French drug maker, which develops vaccines and other pharmaceuticals and is currently working on a vaccine to combat bird flu, selected the two-story site because it gave the company a full, stand-alone building just blocks from MIT, a broker involved in the sale who did not want to be identified tells The company is currently located at 26 Lansdowne St. here.

Porter McMillian, senior vice president of US Science & Medical Affairs for sanofi-aventis, says in a statement the expansion along with the developing technologies from nearby colleges and universities will help the firm meet its research and development goals. Dan Loughlin with the Staubach Co. in New Jersey and Greg Zais with Staubach in Boston brokered the deal for the tenant. The building’s owner, Biomed Realty Trust, was self-represented.

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