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Chinese medical technology firm eyes Sacramento

Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council CEO Barry Broome
Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council CEO Barry Broome

A Chinese medical technology company said Wednesday it’s seriously considering Sacramento for a U.S. headquarters that would employ 200 workers.

Anpac Bio-Medical Science Co., which is developing cancer-screening systems, said its top officers were impressed after visiting the city this week and meeting with Mayor Kevin Johnson and representatives of the major hospitals.

“We’re looking very seriously at Sacramento because the medical institutions are first-class,” said Drisha Leggitt, the company’s U.S. vice president for development. “We’re in negotiations, absolutely.”

She said Anpac had all but chosen to locate its U.S. hub in the Bay Area until it received the invitation from Sacramento leaders.

In an unusual move, the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council issued a statement disclosing the visit by the Anpac delegation, with Anpac’s blessing. The release included a statement from Anpac chief executive Chris Yu saying he was “very impressed with the high-level leadership we met” and the region’s medical facilities.

Normally, such visits are kept under wraps while the company is still making up its mind. Leggitt said she thinks Greater Sacramento issued the statement because “they wanted to demonstrate that they’re ready to entertain world-class companies.”

Landing Anpac would represent one of the first big victories for the Greater Sacramento group, which was founded last fall and essentially replaced SACTO, the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization.

“The Sacramento region has world-class assets in its medical institutions and leads in research and output in this field,” said Greater Sacramento CEO Barry Broome in a prepared statement.

Leggitt said Sacramento has one clear advantage over the Bay Area: Employees in Sacramento are less transient and do less job-hopping than their Bay Area peers.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler