The Terasaki Institute, a Los Angeles biotech nonprofit, plans to transform the former Weider Health and Fitness Center into a biomedical research and development facility.
Located in Woodland Hills, the two-story, 50,000-square-foot building at 21100 Erwin St. will be designed to accommodate teams of scientists focused on developing bioengineered systems, medical devices and other products with biomedical applications, Terasaki said in a statement.
Renovations are set to begin in the fall and continue for 18 to 24 months, the institute said. The San Fernando Valley site marks the institute’s third facility, with others located in West Los Angeles and Westwood.
“I believe that this addition will give us needed research space to bring together a number of leading scientists in our efforts to develop the next generation of biomedical innovations,” Ali Khademhosseini, chief executive of the Terasaki Institute, said in a statement. “I’m particularly excited in furthering the great legacy of the Weider family and the building’s history in promoting health and fitness by focusing on individualized cures and diagnostics.”
The facility will be able to house up to 200 employees, along with equipment to enable tissue engineering and regeneration; biofabrication using 3D printing; nano- and micro-engineering; stem cell engineering; and the creation of human organs on chips, the organization said.