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Biopôle expands further with the construction of three new buildings

Monday 3 October 2022

The construction permit for the three new buildings has already been cleared and building work should begin in December 2022. | © Biopôle

Biopôle has announced that Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate SICAV will be investing in the construction of three new buildings on the campus in Epalinges.

Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate SICAV already owns 15,120 square meters of the Biopôle life sciences campus, in which it first invested more than 10 years ago. The construction of an additional 23,000 square meter complex was announced in February 2021, and Biopôle has now signed with Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate SICAV to make the project a reality. This new undertaking further confirms Biopôle’s and the canton of Vaud’s strong and unique position in the life sciences industry.

The three new buildings will house up to 500 people and have been designed to accomoate both offices and laboratories for companies working in the life sciences sector. They will be located at the south end of the campus, by the Vennes metro stop and next to the Aquatis Aquarium.

Nasri Nahas, CEO of Biopôle, commented: “Biopôle offers modern, high-quality infrastructure and an agreeable workplace environment. But we go well beyond that by creating a dynamic ecosystem with community support and stimulating effective networking between entrepreneurs, which are invaluable for our members and enable them to thrive. We are delighted, through this new project and our renewed collaboration with Edmond de Rothschild, to be able to support the expansion of our members at Biopôle, as well as to welcome new companies to our site.’

A vibrant life sciences community

Located at the heart of the Health Valley, Biopôle currently hosts around 2,400 people, with more than 130 companies and research institutes present on the site. To date, eight buildings with a total floorplan of 54,000 square meters have been constructed on the campus since the first building was erected in 2009. In addition to the project developed by Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate SICAV, three more buildings are planned by 2025, two of which will be built for research entities from the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). Also currently under construction, the Leucine building will be available for rent in September 2023.

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