Finding a Home for Innovation, Part 1

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Date(s) - 16 Feb 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Finding a Home for Innovation, Part 1

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021   08:00 – 09:00 AM

Moderator: Stephen Albert Johnston, PhD, CEO of Calviri Inc. and Director of the Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine, Arizona State University.

Featured speaker:

  • Mark Gustin, Managing Director, JLL
  • Grant Schoneman, Managing Director, Life Sciences Group, JLL
  • John K. Cunningham, Executive VP, Life Sciences Advisory Co-Chair, JLL

Please join us in learning about the statewide market availability for Life Science space and the process for finding real estate space for Life Science companies and startups in Arizona.

We will discuss the available R&D and Lab Space options in Arizona, how to engage a commercial Real Estate firm and work with them to achieve your goals, and important factors to consider when selecting and leasing space.

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About Our Speakers:

Moderator: Stephen Albert Johnston, PhD

CEO of Calviri Inc. and Director of the Biodesign Center for Innovations in Medicine, Arizona State University.

Stephen Albert Johnston is CEO of Calviri, Inc a spin out of the Biodesign Institute as ASU.  Calviri’s goal is to end deaths from cancer worldwide. The most feasible way to do this is through early detection and treatment of cancer.  Towards this end we have developed a simple chip-based blood assay for early diagnosis of any cancer. This diagnostic is a companion to an off the shelf vaccine for the cancer diagnosed.  More ambitiously, we have also developed vaccines for preventing cancer in the first place. This vaccine is currently being tested in a large-scale dog clinical trial.  Importantly, all these products could be priced so that anyone in the world could have access to them.  



Mark Gustin

Managing Director, JLL

Mark began his commercial real estate career in 1998 specializing in single/ multi-tenant office and back office product in Metropolitan Phoenix. In his career, Mark has been involved in over Two Billion dollars of transactional value completing over 2,000 lease and sale transactions. His vast depth of experience in successfully branding and leasing new and existing office properties makes him an invaluable partner in successful real estate projects.His team is recognized as premier service providers to a large list of clients including: Travelers, LBA Realty, Invesco, Buchanan Street Partners, Columbia Property Trust, LaSalle Investment Management, Arizona State University, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and many others.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Real Estate from Arizona State University, is a member of NAIOP, Society of Industrial & Office Realtors (SIOR) and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). Mark served in the United States Army, Operation Desert Storm. Mark is a 12-time CoStar Power Broker, an 8-time nominee for NAIOP’s Office Broker of the Year and his team won the 2013 RED Award for Brokerage Team of the Year – Office Leasing.

Grant Schoneman

Managing Director – Life Sciences Group, JLL

As a Managing Director with JLL’s San Diego office, Grant Schoneman focuses on lease and sales  transactions  with  a  concentration  in  the  life  sciences  market sector.  Since 2007, he has actively worked with some of San Diego’s strongest biotechnology tenants and landlords.  Grant’s intimate knowledge of the San Diego life sciences community and his attention to detail give him key insight into market trends that enable him to provide valuable guidance to his clients.  He is an active member of JLL’s global life sciences practice group, serving as a brokerage co-chair on the leadership committee.

Grant has over thirteen years of experience in the San Diego life sciences market where he has worked with numerous biotech companies and landlords.  Grant’s commercial brokerage career began in 2007 with Colliers International, where he worked on a three-person team that specialized in the San Diego life sciences market.  Since joining JLL in 2010, Grant has continued to specialize in the life sciences sector, having completed over 200 transactions totalling more than 5.5 million square feet of lease and sale transactions with a value of over $800 million.


John K. Cunningham

Executive VP, Life Sciences Advisory Co-Chair, JLL

Mr. Cunningham is Executive Vice President located in JLL’s New Jersey office market brokerage group.  He provides corporate representation for both the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate and manages strategic planning and site development activities for his clients, with expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.  Mr. Cunningham also co-chairs JLL’s National Life Sciences Advisory and is a founding member of JLL’s National Life Sciences Agency Practice.

Mr. Cunningham began his career at JLL in February 2017 and has been a licensed real estate professional since 1987. Prior to joining JLL, Mr. Cunningham was National Director of the Life Sciences Practice at Colliers International, representing pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies in the Tri-State region, nationally and internationally. Mr. Cunningham was also responsible for coordination of business development and transacting acquisition and disposition assignments for Practice Group Clients and works closely with the owners of new and repurposed life science developments.