Murrieta continues to be a hub for biotech innovation


Several biotech companies have been thriving in Murrieta due to a city council decision that started with an idea to build the Murrieta Innovation Center back in 2012.

The center is a controlled incubator that hosts med tech businesses along with workshops, seminars and space for health care services.

Several of the tenants from the Murrieta Innovation Center include the startup Murrieta Genomics, which was the first Genomics laboratory to come into the region.

Others include Tx Genetic Research, which studies the right nutrients needed for each individual by using an individual’s genetic code, and GattaCo, a company that has created a device for different sample types to improve and reduce the amount of time it takes to receive medical results.

Alliance Research Center recently completed their funding, looking to bring in a clinical trials lab into the Innovation Center which would only be the second one in the county.

SandHill Crane Diagnostics gives personalized health information on your phone, and Trio Pharmaceuticals has a less expensive cancer drug they’re currently looking to bring to the market. LitCentral has a patented physician survey platform.

Care Directives has also come out of the center, now a million-dollar company bringing in revenue and employment. Overall, these companies and startups have been brought in to further the economy in Murrieta.

Some of the resource center providers include SCORE, providing free counseling and mentoring to businesses, Valley Resource Center and the Veterans Business Action committee which both help veterans.

The Innovation Center is currently working on improving their facilities with full time staff as well as updating their website and managing the help needed to supply the tenants with the resources they need.

“There is no specified incubator (in other areas like San Diego, Los Angeles) that has run a program like this that has turned out to have this many companies that are getting this kind of investment,” Scott Agajanian, deputy director of economic development, said.

Another member on the report said that while he has traveled to other areas like San Diego and Orange County to see their innovation labs, a lot of them have received a lot more funding.

“They look a lot prettier, (but) nobody is getting the kind of attraction that we are getting right now,” the member said.

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