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Botanical research firm plans to grow in Baltimore

Botanical research firm plans to grow in Baltimore

A small firm that wants to make dietary supplements and pharmaceuticals derived from plants is relocating to Baltimore, and has plans to eventually hire 200 scientists and analysts as well as growers in office and lab space.

Vitreon America Inc. initially will move eight of its 23 employees from Northern Virginia and elsewhere to Baltimore, aiming to be closer to the region's medical and scientific research institutions, said J. Randall Hoggle, Vitreon's CEO.

The privately held firm will research uses for plants and partner with drug companies, nutritional supplement makers and medical device firms to find uses for them. The company aims to grow to 200 employees over five...

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