Originally home to G.D. Searle and Company headquarters, beginning in 1941. Searle was then absorbed by Monsanto Company in 1985 and by Pfizer in 2003. Pharmaceutical manufacturing, like that of the birth control pill and motion sickness aid, are prominent feats of this building. The Illinois Science and Technology Park opened in 2005 and now is home to many nanotechnology startup companies as well as the Oakton Community College nanotech lab. 

The Illinois Science + Technology Park provides:

  • Space for bioscience, nanotechnology, medical devices and other emerging technologies
  • A campus setting to facilitate collaboration and networking
  • Specialized NMR, vivarium, and formulation facilities that were previously not available in the region
  • A concentration of technology transfer
  • 6 Schools of Medicine
  • 2nd largest Pharma Hub in the U.S.
  • Great access both nationally and internationally
  • Local and State support of biomedical innovation