Life Sciences Come Alive in Watertown

As the cost of life science space in Cambridge continues to rise, developers are looking to suburbs for more affordable alternatives for biotech firms, and Watertown is at the heart of the action. As many of you may know already, the East End is quickly gaining traction as Boston’s next hot spot for this budding industry, with several companies planting their roots around town.

In fact, Watertown has seen a 56 percent increase in lab inventory over the last ten years, currently playing home to 23 life sciences companies.

The LINX building (pictured above) is a great example, recently completed on Arsenal Street and new headquarters for local standouts C4 Therapeutics and Addgene, who both saw Watertown as a cost-effective and dynamic alternative to Cambridge and Boston.

Other notable partnerships include that between Arsenal Labs and Cambridge Scientific! Located just off Arsenal Street, Arsenal Labs is now offering scientists, researchers, and other professionals fully furnished, affordable lab spaces for rent, outfitted with equipment from Cambridge Scientific. These incubator spaces are perfect for start-ups just getting off the ground, or for companies that need a little extra workspace.

If you are interested in renting space from Arsenal Labs and Cambridge Scientific, here are some quick facts:

  • Lab spaces range from 350 to 1,500 square feet
  • Larger-sized labs include private offices, conference rooms, and kitchens
  • All labs provide 24/7 access
  • Spaces support labs that confirm to Biosafety level 2 or below

Building amenities also include free parking, a fully stocked snack kitchen, security system, and WiFi!

For a full equipment list, leasing and full building info, head to the Cambridge Scientific website (

A $7 million development was also recently acquired by Galen Street Development, just a mile down the road from Cambridge Scientific, which further demonstrates how Watertown may be at the forefront of innovation. The broker of this deal noted that there is a “tremendous level of interest in [the] site because of its proximity to public transportation and ready access to Downtown Boston, Harvard and Central Square.” There are several ideas in the works for how the space will be used.

We look forward to further developments in the Watertown area as industry leaders in life sciences continue to make their way outside of Boston.