University Towne Centre (UTC)

San Diego has emerged as one of the primary centers for life science research and development, driven in large part by the concentration of academic centers, including the University of California, San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute, The Burnham Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. A significant portion of the biotechnology research effort is concentrated in the Torrey Pines area, a suburb of San Diego. San Diego is home to 38 publicly traded biotechnology companies, according to the most recent Ernst & Young Biotechnology Report, including Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Quidel, Invitrogen, Illumina, and Arena Pharmaceuticals.