RTP-based Hamner Institutes ceases most operations

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, which is based in Research Triangle Park, has ceased most operations and sold one of its divisions to a Durham health consulting firm.

SciMetrika announced Monday that it has acquired the assets of the Institute for Chemical Safety Sciences. The deal came about after Hamner announced that it would cease most operations as of Dec. 31, 2015.

Hamner officials declined to comment on the nonprofit’s closure beyond a prepared statement.

“Over the past 15 years, The Hamner has undergone a number of transitions, both with respect to the nature of its work and sources of funding,” the statement said. “Despite the best efforts of The Hamner’s management and Board of Directors to explore options to sustain and continue the mission of the organization, unfortunate competitive realities make this decision necessary.”

SciMetrika acquired ICSS through its wholly owned subsidiary ScitoVation. As part of the acquisition, the division’s 29 employees have joined ScitoVation and will work out of their former Hamner space in RTP.

SciMetrika said the deal would allow it the opportunity to move into private sector population health ventures.

“Through ScitoVation, SciMetrika continues its mission to improve human health by becoming a leader in the conduct of studies using human cells and computation models,” Jean Orelien, SciMetrika’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.

In 2013, Hamner sold its 56-acre campus in RTP for $20 million to Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a California firm that focuses on properties for the life science industry. The sale, lease-back deal allowed Alexandria to develop the campus while Hamner continued to focus on research development.

In November, Alexandria unveiled plans to transform the campus into a hub for life science and agricultural technology companies.

The plans call for more than 1 million square feet of space on the campus at 6 Davis Drive.

David Bracken: 919-829-4548, @brackendavid