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NEW YORK CITY-The Boston metro area is ringed with pockets of commercial life science properties. Ditto the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego and suburban Washington, DC. With its wealth of world-renowned hospitals and medical universities coupled with its deep pools of venture capital, New York City ought to be running with that crowd. To date, however, the city’s commercial lab space stock hasn’t gone much beyond an incubator facility at Columbia University. With last week’s opening of the first phase of the Alexandria Center for Life Science—New York City, and the BioBAT facility at Brooklyn Army Terminal under development, the city is entering the race. Yet these pioneering efforts to establish a commercial biotech market here are just that—pioneering, which made the Alexandria Center a special case for developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Following the Dec. 2 launch ceremony. GlobeSt.com sat down with Joel Marcus, chairman and CEO of the Pasadena, CA-based life science REIT, for an interview in one of the new facility’s spiffy assortment of conference rooms.

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