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Gene Therapy Finds a Fertile Home in Ohio

Monday, January 13, 2020

The midwestern state has quietly laid the groundwork for a biotech hub.

Sarepta Therapeutics’s outpost in Ohio occupies a collection of offices and labs on the second floor of a large, squat structure known as “Building 4” in a business park outside of Columbus. Despite the facility’s unassuming exterior, the start of research onsite here in spring 2019 marked a milestone in Ohio’s two-decade-long march toward becoming a gene therapy hub. “We’re making a very significant commitment and investment in Columbus,” Doug Ingram, the CEO of Cambridge, Massachusetts–based Sarepta, told Columbus Business First in an article about the new division. “There is a real chance Columbus, Ohio, could become the most important place in the world for gene therapy development.”

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Why Ohio?

$2.7 BillionBudget Reserve

$2.7 BillionBudget Reserve

Ohio Has the Fourth Largest Interstate Highway System

Ohio Has the Fourth Largest Interstate Highway System

No Corporate Income or Profits Tax

No Corporate Income or Profits Tax

Ohio is One of the Top 10 Freight Destinations

Ohio is One of the Top 10 Freight Destinations

7th Largest Economy in the U.S., 21st Worldwide

7th Largest Economy in the U.S., 21st Worldwide

Ohio Ranks No. 9 in Competitive Labor Environment

Ohio Ranks No. 9 in Competitive Labor Environment

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