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Biotech center breaks more ground in Bucks County

VIDEO: Biotech incubator expanding

BUCKINGHAM TWP., Pa. - A decade after its grand opening, the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Buckingham Township is breaking more ground.

The $13 million expansion, partially funded by state and federal grant money, will create more lab space and about 100 jobs.

"These are high skilled jobs, we are fortunate to be in the Pharma belt between Princeton and Philadelphia," said Louis Kassa.

The expansion opens up opportunity for scientific and medical breakthroughs.

The lab space is filled with mostly-startup companies looking for a spot to turn their idea into a cure, or medicine.

Though not every idea works out.

"There's not a lot of success in the bio tech life science world, but we've had arguably, some of the most successful stories come out of here. They don't always succeed, but our failure rate is very small," Kassa said.

Since 2006, he says the facility has made big strides.

The added space will provide 29 additional labs and an auditorium. It's expected to open by the end of 2018.

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