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Alan Gold


Alan Gold is known best for founding and growing BioMed Realty. In 2016, he founded a new company called Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. focused on acquiring medical-use cannabis facilities. It completed a $67 million stock offering and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Gold founded BioMed Realty in 1996, recognizing that life science industry companies have unique requirements for real estate that wasn’t being served in the existing commercial real estate market. The company develops and manages properties specifically for the biotech industry. He served as the CEO from 2004 to 2016, when BioMed was acquired by Blackstone Group for $8 billion. Before that, he was CEO and president of BioMed’s predecessor, Bernardo Property Advisors Inc.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University

CIVIC: He serves on the boards of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Campanile Foundation and on SDSU’s BioScience Center Advisory Board.