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Concept Companies and Lacerta Therapeutics form a strategic partnership around facilities expansion and financing.

Concept Companies has announced a strategic collaboration with Lacerta Therapeutics, Inc., a leader in the AAV gene therapy space, providing Lacerta with access to financing to support the expansion of operations and new facilities. The financing is being provided via Agility Venture Capital, the funding arm of Concept Companies. The two companies also announced the Read More

Concept Companies Brand Video "Destinations" wins Silver Telly Award for Branded Video Content

Concept Companies’ brand video “Destinations” was recently awarded a Silver award for branded video content at the 2022 Telly Awards.  The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television, and this year they received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states – what an honor!  The video was produced by Frankel.   Read More

Concept Companies Leads Development Efforts on Second Phase for Lacerta Therapeutics in Alachua's Progress District

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 27, 2022 (Newswire.com) – Concept Companies, a national commercial real estate developer specializing in turnkey projects, announces the commencement of the design and construction of a new 11,961-square-foot laboratory facility for Lacerta Therapeutics, Inc., a gene therapy company. The site will be located adjacent to Lacerta Therapeutics’ current location in Alachua, Florida, Read More

BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology shines a light on the future of the City of Alachua

BioFlorida held its Celebration of Biotechnology on Thursday, May 5th behind the new AGTC buildings on US Hwy 441 in Alachua, just across from Progress Park, highlighting the future plans for the area that will be known as the Progress District.  The celebration was the first since 2019, with Concept Companies serving as the title Read More

Concept Companies will be Host Sponsor of the 17th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology

Join us at Foundation Park in Alachua, Florida on May 5, 2022, for the BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology! Concept Companies is proud to be the host sponsor of this outdoor community event which attracts more than 500 industry professionals from Florida’s life sciences community to celebrate Biotechnology.  The event’s atmosphere is designed to encourage conversations Read More

Concept Companies Purchases Significant Interest in Progress Park

Gainesville-based Firm Assumes Role of Developer at Progress Park GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Concept Companies, a Gainesville headquartered full-service real estate development and construction firm, made a significant investment in real estate at Progress Park in Alachua. It’s a natural move for the company that is already deeply involved in the joint development of R&D facilities, commercial, advanced Read More

The Convergence, Balancing a High-Tech Workplace with Quality of Life

Concept Companies and The Roberts Companies recently broke ground on The Convergence, a 420-acre development in the City of Alachua.  Anchored by Momentum Labs, the development will be located adjacent to Progress Park and is designed as a hub for major science and technology research companies.  The development will feature a mixed-use sustainable community with Read More

Concept Companies and The Roberts Companies break ground on new 420-acre Tech Community in Alachua

ALACHUA, Fla. (WCJB) – Concept Companies and The Roberts Company broke ground on the 420-acre development called The Convergence. This is another addition to the tech industry coming to the City of Alachua. Brian Crawford the CEO of Concept Companies explains the goal for the community. “Our goal is to create a collaborative community where Read More

Concept Companies to collaborate with Merrie Shaw of Shaw Advisors

Concept Companies is excited to announce its strategic collaboration with Merrie Shaw of Shaw Advisors.  Merrie’s focus as a strategic partner to Concept Companies will be on enhancing the life science ecosystem in Alachua, Florida through collaboration with local businesses and government to create programs and incentives that help drive growth in the biotech sector.  Read More

New mixed-use biotech, living community planned in Alachua (The Gainesville Sun)

Source: Emily Mavrakis, The Gainesville Sun – 6/26/21 A new mixed-use development coming to Alachua, Florida will enable more community members who work in the city’s growing biotech and life sciences industries to live and enjoy recreational activities without the need for a long commute.  The 420-acre research community is being developed by Concept Companies Read More

420-Acre Research Community Coming to San Felasco in Alachua

ALACHUA, Fla., June 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — San Felasco Research Ventures has announced the development of a new mixed-use Research Community within the City of Alachua. Anchored by Momentum Labs, the 420-acre project adjacent to established and thriving Progress Park will be home to a major research community for science and technology companies. The strategic location neighboring the globally Read More

New Biotech Facility Will Lead Gainesville Innovation (Guide to Greater Gainesville)

Source: Guide to Greater Gainesville The number of startup biotech companies and advancing technologies in Alachua County continues to grow.  In a field where innovation is limitless, the need for space to grow these startup companies is increasingly important. A new facility will soon provide this space for startups to grow, expanding the Gainesville research Read More

In the News: WCJB TV20 Interview - AGTC Expansion

Source: WCJB TV20 WCJB TV 20 recently interviewed Concept Companies’ CEO Brian Crawford and Sue Washer, President and CEO of AGTC, about the expansion of AGTC in Alachua, Florida. “The fact that they’ve chosen Alachua with their first building and to expand with their second building is truly the strength of our ecosystem, the strength Read More

Fast Track coming to Markets West on Tower Road

Fast Track gas station and convenience store announced their newest Gainesville location will be at Markets West on Tower Road. They join a growing list of retailers and businesses that call Markets West home including Dollar General, Sherwin Williams, NUMA Speed, O2B! Kids, Concept Companies, Level Architecture + Interiors, Campbell Spellicy Engineering, North Florida Regional Read More

Newberry Park lands O2B Kids (Colliers)

Gainesville, Fla. – April 30, 2021 – Colliers International’s GNV Commercial Advisory Team has successfully represented Parkwood Alachua Land Investments, Inc. (the seller), in the closing of a 0.40-acre land parcel located at 11995 W. Newberry Road in Gainesville, Florida to Concept Development, Inc. (Concept Companies), the development partner of O2B Kids!. Concept was represented Read More

Concept Companies announces expansion for AGTC in Alachua's Foundation Park

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Concept Companies, a Gainesville headquartered full-service real estate development, and construction firm, has executed an agreement to commence development of a new laboratory facility for Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: AGTC). The location will include quality control labs and a manufacturing suite, expanding AGTCs existing footprint in Alachua, FL. The 21,000 Read More

Concept Companies to bring new biotech facility to Alachua in 2022

As reported in the Gainesville Sun on April 20, 2021, the article explores Concept Companies’ newest venture, Momentum Labs, and how the turnkey, fully furnished, and equipped laboratory facility will provide a solution for early-stage biotech companies looking to expand. Gainesville, FL – Alachua is home to both incubators for start-up biotech companies and spaces where Read More

Concept Companies announces upcoming development of "Momentum Labs"

Concept Companies has announced the first facility for its new venture, Momentum Labs. The flagship location will be based in the heart of North Florida’s bustling biotech cluster in Alachua, FL. Momentum Labs’ will provide turnkey facilities for promising early-stage biotech companies through the development of fully furnished and equipped laboratories with flexible lease terms. Launching Momentum Labs Read More

Concept Companies selected as Developer for a new, build-to-suit lab space for Ology Bioservices in Alachua, Florida. 

Alachua, Fla. – Avison Young facilitated a 42,500-square-foot lease agreement between Concept Companies and Ology Bioservices for a new built-to-suit lab space on the heels of a federal government contract for the company to expand production capabilities, including vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 once finalized. Concept Companies will develop the facility, conveniently situated adjacent to Ology Read More

Lacerta Therapeutics office completed in Copeland Park in Alachua, Florida

Construction has been completed on the new  Lacerta Therapeutics office in Alachua, Florida. Located in Copeland Park, a Biotechnology and Life Science office park, the 12,950 square-foot building will provide Lacerta Therapeutics with custom lab and office space to continue to expand their team and to develop AAV-based therapies. “Concept Companies is delighted to have Read More

Concept Companies Completes Largest Commercial Real Estate Sale in Alachua County Since 2015 (Newswire)

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 29, 2020 /Newswire/– Concept Companies, Inc. completed the sale of a biotechnology and life science research facility within the Foundation Park development in Alachua, Florida. The 43,180 square-foot building was sold to HF Holdings Colorado, LLC for $12 million, the largest commercial real estate sale in Alachua County since 2015. Learn more Read More

Concept Companies Breaks Ground on New Location for Lacerta Therapeutics in Alachua's Copeland Park (Business Wire)

GAINESVILLE, FL — October 9, 2019 — Concept Companies, a Gainesville headquartered full-service real estate development and construction firm, has announced the commencement of construction on a new office and lab building in Copeland Park for Lacerta Therapeutics, a clinical-stage gene therapy company. The 12,950 square foot building is expected to be completed in the Read More

Concept Companies, in Conjunction with Gainesville CRA Initiatives, Completes Construction of Merieux NutriSciences at Cornerstone

GAINESVILLE, Fla., February 19, 2019 – Concept Companies, a Gainesville headquartered full-service real estate development, and construction firm, completed construction of Mérieux Nutrisciences’ new laboratory in Gainesville, FL. Located at 2183 SE Hawthorne Road, the new laboratory is part of the 13-acre redevelopment project, Cornerstone.  Cornerstone is one of two major initiatives in East Gainesville for the Read More

Concept Companies Announces North Florida Regional Medical Center Primary Care Facility to Be First Tenant in Markets West Development, Concept Companies' New Project on Tower Road in Southwest Gainesville.

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 30, 2018- Concept Companies, a local real estate development and construction company, will start construction in summer of 2018 on Markets West, a new commercial development project located on Tower Road (SW 75th Street) at the intersection of SW 14th Avenue. Markets West will become home to a new North Florida Regional Read More

Innovation office space on the rise

Construction is underway to bring 55,000 square feet of office space, marketed to technology, research and innovative ventures, to Innovation Square. The offices could offer an attractive home for new and growing businesses. Gainesville-based developer Concept Companies, in partnership with Gateway Development of Atlanta, is working on a four-story office building named 800 Second for Read More

Concept Companies begins construction of new Merieux Nutrisciences building in Cornerstone

Concept Companies began construction for the new Merieux NutriSciences building at Cornerstone in Gainesville, Florida on Monday morning. The new development is another piece of the ever-growing technology, service, and light manufacturing area in the southeastern part of the city. The project is a collaboration between local Concept Companies, a comprehensive real estate development and construction organization, and RS&H, a Read More

UF Celebration of Innovation Showcase

UF’s Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute received the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year award for 2017, the highest award given by the International Business Innovation Association. It also won the award in 2013. Over its 21-year history, the Sid Martin incubator has served more than 100 startup companies in biotechnology, biomedicine and bioagriculture. Companies that Read More

Land deal for research lab space in city of Alachua is underway

The developers are looking to complete the permitting process and close the contract to buy the land sometime in the next few months, said Brian Crawford of Concept Construction of North Florida. Read more on The Gainesville Sun. Read More

International food-testing company announces expansion

An international food testing company officially announced its plans Friday to move across town for new lab space and room to grow, jump-starting city plans to develop the land around the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center and bring much-needed economic development to east Gainesville. Read more on The Gainesville Sun. Read More

Brian Crawford takes his construction company to a different level

Brian Crawford’s construction career started early and advanced quickly. At 16, he started working for his father Stanley Crawford’s home-building business in Lake City. At 18 he had his general contractor’s license. After studying theology and philosophy at Criswell College, a small Christian school in Dallas, Texas, in 2004, he returned home in his early Read More

Breaking Ground In Greater Gainesville

Gainesville has been slow to recover following the 2008 recession, but Greater Gainesville saw a flood of new development in 2016. Growth in the region shows no sign of slowing down in 2017 and the Alachua County area is flourishing with new developments. Read more on Business Magazine Gainesville. Read More

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