BOSTON-To take advantage of the region’s growing biotech market, Equity Office Properties is taking a close look at a possible partnership, according to vice president for the Boston region, Maryann Gilligan Suydam. She is charged with developing and implementing the firm’s regional strategy.

“Boston is a core market for us,” Suydam tells “We have an investment threshold that makes sense for our expected returns. I think it’s a strong statement on our company that we don’t get swayed by the energy of wanting to buy. We have a very stringent set of parameters and can show restraint.”

That strategy has made Equity Office one of the top investors in the Boston market with 25 strategic and well-known downtown and suburban properties in its local portfolio. Among its Boston holdings are Center Plaza, One Post Office Square, South Station and Russia Wharf, which it is currently being redeveloped to include a hotel along with residential, office and retail space.

Because the firm has about a 30% share of the city’s central business district, EOP has become a force among the office property buyers. “In the class A tower market, we probably see every deal that goes by,” she says. “We’re in a really terrific position to be ahead of where our market is. If something in starting to move, we’re going to see it before the institutional investor. That gives us a competitive advantage.”

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