Monrovia to become San Gabriel Valley science hub

Monrovia to become San Gabriel Valley science hub

Monrovia might soon join the ranks of Pasadena and Irvine as cities with world-class scientific research. The past few months have seen city officials meeting with executives from Oak Crest Institute of Science, with the goal of creating a thriving ecosystem for science-based businesses and research labs in Monrovia.

“Increasingly, Monrovia is developing an underground reputation as a location where emerging science-based companies should consider locating,” City Manager Oliver Chi said in his City Manager’s Update newsletter.

Monrovia is already home to several such labs and businesses, such as ChromoLogic and the Beckman Research Institute, both on Shamrock Avenue. Oak Crest has also moved from Pasadena to Monrovia, where they operate a team of 45 scientists working on biomedical technologies.

But Chi plans to bring even more scientists to Monrovia, by helping start-ups get off the ground and giving established companies a ripe environment for expansion. Collaboration with Citrus College and City of Hope is also planned, and Chi even floated the idea of equipment-sharing among science labs in Monrovia.

The plan also involves an active home-grown science community. Monrovia schools can expect expanded science curriculums, workforce training support (also done in collaboration with Citrus College) and even an upcoming summer science program.

But the work necessary to bring those plans to fruition is still in its initial stages,according to Chi.

“We have plans to continue discussions related to this overall initiative with Oak Crest, and our goal is to have a science-based summer program curriculum available for deployment this year,” Chi said.

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