Alexandria Real Estate Equities

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
TypePublic company
S&P 500 component
IndustryReal estate investment trust
FoundedOctober 1994; 28 years ago (1994-10)
FounderJoel S. Marcus
Jerry M. Sudarsky
HeadquartersPasadena, California, U.S.
Key people
Joel S. Marcus, Chairman
Dean A. Shigenaga, CFO
RevenueIncrease $2.588 billion (2022)
Decrease $513 million (2022)
Total assetsIncrease $35.523 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease $18.972 billion (2022)
Number of employees
593 (2022)
Footnotes / references

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust based in Pasadena, California that invests in office buildings and laboratories leased to tenants in the life science and technology industries.[1]

The company also has a venture capital arm, Alexandria Venture Investments, which invests in life sciences firms.[2]

The company is named after Alexandria, Egypt because of that city's connection to science.[3]


As of December 31, 2022, the company owned or had investments in 41.7 million square feet of operating properties in addition to properties under construction.[1]

The company's largest tenants are as follows:[1]

Rank Tenant % of 2022 Revenue
1 Bristol-Myers Squibb 3.5%
2 Moderna 2.6%
3 Eli Lilly and Company 2.5%
4 Takeda Pharmaceutical Company 1.9%
5 Illumina, Inc. 1.8%
6 Sanofi 1.7%
7 2seventy bio 1.7%
8 Novartis 1.5%
9 TIBCO Software 1.4%
10 Uber 1.4%

The company's revenues are derived in the following markets:

Rank Location % of 2022 Revenue
1 Greater Boston 36%
2 San Francisco Bay Area 23%
3 San Diego 16%
4 Maryland 6%
5 New York City 5%
6 Seattle 5%
7 Research Triangle, North Carolina 5%
8 Texas 2%
9 Canada 1%
10 Other 1%

Properties are generally located near universities to attract tenants.[4] The company has several properties in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it has invested over $2.3 billion since its first investment in the neighborhood in 2002.[5] Its largest campuses in Boston are the 2,365,487 square foot Alexandria Center at Kendall Square and the 1,181,635 square foot Technology Square (Cambridge, Massachusetts).[1]

The company's 740,972 square foot Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan has several biotechnology tenants.[6][1]

The company's San Diego properties are primarily in Torrey Pines, San Diego, University City, San Diego, and Sorrento Mesa, San Diego.[1]


In 1993, one of the partners of Jacobs Engineering Group, Jerry M. Sudarsky, was presented with a Business Plan written by Kendell R. Lang titled BioProperties Management Group, Inc., which was a plan to form a REIT dedicated to funding biotech properties. The initial business plan included founders Kendell Lang, Alan Gold, Gary Kreitzer, and Steven Stone as part of the initial management team. Jacobs approached Joel S. Marcus, a lawyer and CPA, with the idea of representing their interests in this company to oversee the management team who intended to provide laboratories and office space to biotech firms. Jacobs invested in the company with $5 million.[7]

Its first purchase was of 4 buildings in San Diego which had been negotiated and structured by Kendell R. Lang.[4]

In 1997, it became a public company via an initial public offering, raising $155 million.[4]

In October 2002, the company acquired the headquarters of ZymoGenetics for $52 million in a leaseback transaction.[8]

In 2007, the company began development of the West Tower of the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.[9] The company stopped construction during the financial crisis of 2007-08, and in 2014, it sold its interest to the Government of Ontario for $65 million.[10]

In January 2013, the company sold a research facility in Seattle to Trammell Crow Company for $42.6 million.[11]

In June 2018, the company acquired an office building leased to in Seattle from The Blackstone Group for $95 million.[12]

In July 2018, the company acquired 219 East 42nd Street, the headquarters of Pfizer, for $203 million in a leaseback transaction.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. 2022 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ Fidler, Ben (June 8, 2016). "Alexandria Sets up Incubator, $25M Seed Fund For NY Bio Startups". Xconomy.
  3. ^ Alcorn, Stacey (January 25, 2016). "Alexandria Real Estate Equities: More Than Just a Landlord". HuffPost.
  4. ^ Ross, Carey (April 14, 2015). "A real estate empire grows in Kendall Square". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Ramsey, Lydia; Johnson, Hollis (July 14, 2016). "Take a look inside the stunning offices where companies are reinventing NYC's biotech scene". Business Insider.
  6. ^ Derven, Ron (Fall 2019). "Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.: People, Passion, Purpose". NAIOP.
  7. ^ "ZymoGenetics sells headquarters in $52 million lease-back deal". American City Business Journals. October 7, 2002.
  8. ^ "MaRS selects Alexandria Real Estate Equities to expand the MaRS Centre in the Discovery District of Toronto". MaRS Discovery District. June 26, 2007.
  9. ^ Benzie, Robert (September 23, 2014). "Ontario government bails out MaRS building for $309m". Toronto Star.
  10. ^ Stiles, Marc (January 23, 2013). "Trammell Crow Co. back in the game in Seattle with $42.6 million acquisition". American City Business Journals.
  11. ^ Stiles, Marc (June 7, 2018). "Another Amazon-leased building sells for $95 million". American City Business Journals.
  12. ^ "Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Expands Its First-in-Class New York City Regional Life Science Cluster Franchise with the Strategic Acquisition of 219 East 42nd Street in Manhattan, Subject to a Leaseback" (Press release). PR Newswire. July 13, 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Official website
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