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One Discovery Square in downtown Rochester. Photo taken Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

A company formed as a joint partnership between Mayo Clinic and a Chinese firm appears to be lining up space in the new One Discovery Square complex.

A building permit for a $543,000 tenant space project on the third floor of the four-story building at Rochester’s corner of Fourth Street and Second Avenue Southwest was filed last week with the city.

The permit describes the project as “tenant improvement” that “includes offices and lab space. (WuXi Diagnostics.)”

WuXi Diagnostics was established in early 2018 as a joint venture between Shanghai-based New WuXi Life Science Investment Limited and Mayo Clinic.

“It focuses on the development of advanced diagnostic technologies to create a world-leading clinical special diagnostic platform and integrated research and development of clinical diagnostic reagents and products platform, establish a comprehensive large-scale clinical testing data center, and empower Chinese medical institutions,” according to a description by WuXi.

When asked about the project, Mayo Clinic spokesman Bob Nellis wrote, “I have no information on this.”

WuXi already has a presence in Minnesota with a facility in St. Paul.

Construction of the 89,000-square-foot One Discovery Square complex is in the final stages. The first tenant is expected to move in during the first week of June, according to M.A. Mortenson Co. project manager Jeremy Jacobs.

The project represents the first piece in the what city officials and Mayo Clinic leaders hope will evolve into a 16-block “hub for bio-medicine, research and technology innovation.” The Discovery Square sub-district is part of the Destination Medical Center initiative.

While no details have been released about WuXi Diagnostics, three other One Discovery Square tenants have been announced.

Mayo Clinic is leasing 30,000 square feet spread over the upper levels of the building. The University of Minnesota Rochester has signed up for 9,383 square feet in the complex. An undefined amount of space on the first floor is committed to electronic health records giant Epic Systems of Wisconsin.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips or questions to jkiger@postbulletin.com.

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Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."