The 1812 Ashland building has recently sprung to life. On Nov. 28, a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring dignitaries like then-Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels welcomed the new six-story building to Eager Park. Two weeks later, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) relocated its headquarters to the building’s first floor.
The 2-mile move from 100 N. Charles St. in downtown Baltimore to 1812 Ashland Ave. positions JHTV within blocks of the Johns Hopkins medical campus. This proximity will facilitate more face-to-face interactions with Johns Hopkins innovators in East Baltimore. JHTV continues to have key personnel stationed on the Homewood campus to ensure innovators there get the support they need.
By mid-January, the first tenants of FastForward 1812, a brand-new state-of-the-art innovation hub located on the first two floors of the 1812 Ashland building, will take office and co-working space. By mid-February, FastForward startups are scheduled to occupy the innovation hub’s 15,000 square feet of wet lab space.
Sharing a building with FastForward innovators will enable JHTV staff members to keep a finger on the pulse of startups’ successes, challenges and needs. Additionally, having industry partners, investors, entrepreneurs, and Johns Hopkins faculty and staff members under one roof will lead to the types of collisions that ultimately drive success.
Besides the JHTV headquarters and the future FastForward space, tenants of the 1812 Ashland building include a Starbucks Opportunity Cafe and JH Genomics, a gene sequencing lab.
This summer, FastForward Homewood will move from the Stieff Silver Building to new, purpose-built space for startups at R. House, a renovated warehouse in the burgeoning Remington neighborhood that sits just a few blocks from the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.