July 19, 2022
The Manhattanville Factory District In Person Tour and Reception

About the The Manhattanville Factory District 

The Manhattanville Factory District is the largest, privately-owned development in West Harlem, encompassing 4-acres and 1.1 million square feet, connecting Columbia University, City College and the 125th Street Innovation and culture corridor. It includes three renovated buildings, the Mink Building, The Sweets Building, The Malt House and the recently completed Taystee Lab Building along with future development sites.  Most uniquely, the entire District is tied together from West 125th Street to West 128th Street by a series of landscaped publicly accessible walkway and park-like settings. The District delivers on a national and city-wide need for life science and tech space while creating a vibrant business campus connecting to all the buildings through publicly accessible landscaped spaces.

Situated on New York’s beautiful Hudson River, West Harlem is a neighborhood full of energy, culture and charm.  The Manhattanville Factory District is located in the heart of West Harlem’s famous 125th Street arts and culture corridor with unique and unparalleled restaurants and clubs. Red Rooster, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Reverence, Harlem Hops, Minton’s Playhouse, the legendary Apollo Theater, the Studio Museum in Harlem and Columbia University are all here.

It’s a short walk or bike ride on the Hudson River Greenway to the campus. In a few blocks, you can stroll through Riverside Park or visit world-class educational institutions.

Exploring the Life Science Tenants of the Factory District

The Factory District is also home to a diverse mix of tenants that includes the West Harlem Development Corporation, research laboratories, medical facilities, arts organizations, and non-profits.  It is one of the fastest growing emerging life science subclusters in New York City.  Some of the development’s present tenants include Harlem BioSpace, an incubator for life-science companies, Volastra Therapeutics, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals, Quicksilver Therapeutics, BioBus and Renal Research Institute.

We joined for a tour of the Manhattanville Factory District and its distinct buildings. Attendees met the life science tenants and learned more about their science, future plans and why they chose this exciting District to be their new home.


5:00 pm – 5:10 pm: Welcome

  • Scott Metzner, Principal, Janus Property
  • Jerry Salama, Principal, Janus Property

5:10 pm – 5:20 pm: Overview of the Meeting

  • Nancy J Kelley, President & CEO, Nancy J Kelley + Associates, Founding Member and Steering Committee, NYC Builds Bio+

5:20 pm – 6:30 pm: Tours of Taystee Lab, Mink Building, Malt House and Harlem Biospace

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Panel Presentation

  • Scott Metzner, Principal, Janus Property
  • William Tanner, Managing Director, Danforth Advisors LLC
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Sam Sia, Professor, Columbia University, Founder, Harlem Biospace
  • Vladislav Sandler, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals
  • Charles Hugh-Jones, MD, FRCP, Chief Executive Officer, Volastra
  • Erik Young, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Quicksilver Biosciences
  • Ben Dubin-Thaler, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, BioBus
  • Sara Rasumssen, Consulting Safety Officer, Safety Partners

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  Reception and Networking

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