Cumberland Emerging Technologies expands center … again

Joint venture now touts 14,000 square feet

Cumberland Emerging Technologies Inc. has completed an expansion of its Life Sciences Center building, bringing the home to multiple local biomedical technology companies to 14,000 square feet — more than doubling the building’s original size.

“This expansion is a significant milestone for CET and Nashville’s growing life sciences community,” A.J. Kazimi, chief executive officer of both CET and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, said in a statement. Kazimi said he saw the local need for more wet lab space and other “support services” for the emerging life sciences firms in Nashville.

“We’ve expanded the facility three times as that demand continues to grow,” Kazimi said.

The statement announcing the expansion further stated:

“The Life Sciences Center is located in downtown Nashville in the historic “Gateway to Nashville” building, adjacent to the Union Station hotel and the Frist Visual Arts Center. The Center anchors an emerging “high-tech” corridor in the “SoBro” area located south of Broadway Avenue in downtown Nashville. Prior to the expansion, the Center was fully leased. It provides lab and office space, equipment and infrastructure support to six companies, including three organizations recently awarded $3.2 million in federal small business grants. Additionally, CET has graduated a growing number of tenants that moved into their own facilities after successfully establishing their businesses at the Life Sciences Center.”