Sparta Systems’ arrival at 2000 Waterview Drive in Hamilton is a positive sign for a long-dormant office park located in a prime location near Route 130 and Interstate 195. Sparta joins a contingent of pharma workers from fast growing Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (MDL) and affiliated companies that have relocated to 1000 Waterview Drive from nearby locations in Hamilton.

Operating under the name of the Genesis Biotechnology Group, the companies are occupying a campus being developed by the brothers who own MDL, Eli Mordechai and Jerry Moradi (they are Israeli-born and use different spellings of their traditional family name). The brothers opened the business with four people in 1997 in Mount Laurel, and moved north to Hamilton in 2004 to be closer to New Jersey’s “medicine chest” and the pharma workforce.

MDL is a certified infectious disease laboratory with multiple state licenses specializing in Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology. MDL’s primary focus is in infectious disease testing for urology, obstetrics and gynecology, respiratory infectious diseases, vector-borne diseases, mycology, and pharmacogenomics.

Although MDL has been courted by other states as it planned its expansions, the company has remained close to its initial Hamilton location because it didn’t want to disrupt its workforce. The location also made strategic sense for Sparta, which relocated from Holmdel but is still accessible to its workers thanks to the nearby interstate. The two buildings on Waterview Drive, 60,000 square feet each, were built by Opus, the firm that developed Princeton South Corporate Center in Ewing. After sitting vacant, Opus sold the buildings to MDL in 2010 for a reported $5.8 million.

Now, with tenants and some of their own people in place, MDL has enough momentum to support a cafeteria in the 1000 building, open to the public from 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 to 3 p.m. The cafeteria offers free WiFi and plans outdoor seating, a sure sign of spring and a good sign for a recovering economy.

Genesis Biotechnology Group, 1000 Waterview Drive, Hamilton 08691. 877-269-0090. www.genesisbiotechgroup.com

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