The mall-owning real estate company said Thursday that Recursion Pharmaceuticals Inc., which has been working in University of Utah’s Research Park for the past four years, will move into the multistory space previously occupied by Dick’s Sporting Goods. “The wall was one element of the space we loved when we saw it,” said Recursion CEO Chris Gibson. He said employees will make the initial move and that the company, which uses artificial intelligence to make drug discoveries, intends to have 300 there eventually. Most will be biologists, data scientists, software engineers and other biotechnology professionals. “We are an outdoorsy and active company, so having the wall available to our employees seemed like a great bonus,” Gibson added. “We’ve worked closely with our architects at Method Studios to integrate the wall into our new office and laboratories.”

Jenny Cushing, Vestar’s vice president of leasing, said one-third of Recursion’s new footprint will be lab space, which will contain advanced robotics. The rest will be office and “collaboration space,” she added. Cushing said the pharmaceutical company anticipates that its spring arrival will fit well into Vestar’s plans to reinvigorate the open-air mall, which was thriving when Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics but suffered after the Great Recession and the opening of the nearby City Creek Center in 2012. Read more here…

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