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Heard on the Street: Chinese Mayo Clinic partner might be taking space in Discovery Square One

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One Discovery Square in downtown Rochester. Photo taken Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
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A company formed as a joint partnership between Mayo Clinicand a Chinese firm appears to be lining up space in the new One Discovery Squarecomplex.

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 Limitedand 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.

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When asked about the project, Mayo Clinic spokesman Bob Nelliswrote, "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.

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