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JLL (NYSE:JLL) has announced the expansion of its national life science platform with the appointment of Thomas Burrus as an associate vice president with a focus on business development in the life science and healthcare arena.

Burrus will concentrate on the New York metropolitan area and work under the leadership of John Cahill, senior vice president of JLL’s Northeast Life Sciences Practice Group. He joins the company from Newmark, where he was a commercial real estate advisor.

“New York’s life science industry is emerging as a contender to the nation’s established hubs,” said Cahill, citing the increasing supply of lab space and “the commercialization in cell and gene therapy, customized medicine and translational medicine” as evidence of the growing demand of “innovative life science companies who demand best-in-class real estate solutions.”