In Providence’s Jewelry District, a glimpse of R.I.’s future tech economy?

One Ship Street may be the unassuming vessel that best exemplifies the state’s approach: Piece by piece, build a nexus of creative, collaborative companies in life sciences and health care.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Inside a nondescript brick building near the path once taken by Route 195, North Kingstown resident Maureen Boudreau directs Johnson & Johnson’s nascent health-care technology center in space known by its address: One Ship Street.

An open office layout with red and gray decor hums with the activity of 47 data scientists, data engineers and software engineers hired since Johnson & Johnson secured $4.6 million earlier this year in financial incentives from the state, mostly in tax credits. The employees here design web applications for smartphones, such as the company’s “7 minute workout,” and they develop sensors for medical devices and analyze data for consumers and internal company use.

Johnson & Johnson — the world’s largest health-care company — announced in December it would create a new technology hub in Providence. Shortly after, the company renovated its space in One Ship Street in six weeks and moved in April 24.

On the other side of a wall from Boudreau’s team is empty space about to undergo similar renovations.

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