Biotech hub looking to bring high-paying careers to Tacoma
The future of Tacoma might exist in a building dubbed “The Wedge.”The building, 2304 Jefferson Ave. near the University of Washington Tacoma, houses the Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network (RAIN.) The biotech nonprofit hub, which celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, exists to provide start-up companies “with significant support for ideation, research and development, prototyping, business development, and launch,” according to RAIN’s online biography.
The plan is to draw from business partnerships, local biotech companies, investors, universities, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the medical community.RAIN was founded as a collaboration involving UWT, MultiCare Health System and Madigan Army Medical Center. It’s the culmination of efforts by its CEO, David Hirschberg, and a small army of volunteers and impassioned staff members, who believe it’s Tacoma’s time to stand outside of Seattle’s shadow.
“Rather than being a bedroom community of Seattle, we can be an urban center,” Hirschberg said in a recent interview with The News Tribune.