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May 11, 2015

65 U.S. Biotech and Pharma Incubators

Discover Locations across the Nation that Carry Out Life Science Innovation

65 U.S. Biotech and Pharma Incubators

The need for equipment, funding, and other resources compels many startups to start up at places specially designed for R&D, such as incubators, accelerators, and more recently, community labs. [istock/anyaivanova]

  • The spare bedroom of Steve Jobs’ parents’ Los Alto, CA, home was where he and partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald G. Wayne manufactured the first Apple computers. A few months later as business began to take off, they moved to roomier quarters—in Jobs’ parents’ garage.

    Biopharma startups, however, don’t have the luxury of squeezing into mom and dad’s garage unneeded space, not when they have to make use of equipment ranging from sequencers to centrifuges. They can and often do, however, squeeze into spaces specially designed for research and development.

    Those spaces may be called incubators, or accelerators, or commercialization centers. A few spaces are community labs designed for both the citizen scientist and the professional researcher. A few others, on the other hand, have been launched by pharma giants like Bayer and Merck & Co. with Johnson & Johnson opening no less than four “JLABS” locations and gearing up to open a fifth.

    Following is a list of 65 U.S. incubators serving biotechnology and pharmaceutical startups, unranked and listed in alphabetical order, based on information furnished by the companies on their websites and other publicly available material, including their LinkedIn and Twitter pages and press announcements. While our search was exhaustive and the list is comprehensive, it does not constitute a complete listing of all incubators and accelerators.

    Each incubator is listed with its address, website address, what startups it is designed for, size, number of companies, year opened, and manager or other contact person. Some incubators do not furnish numbers of companies housed or served, because some of those companies are in stealth mode.

  • Accelerator

    Sites in Seattle and New York City owned and operated by Alexandria Real Estate Equities


    Designed for: Early-stage biotechnology companies

    Number of companies: Formed and invested in 12 companies over the past 10 years as of 2014; companies have raised more than $260 million in venture capital support

    Contact: Thong Q. Le, CEO, [email protected] or (206) 957-7300 (Seattle) or (866) 981-1478 (New York)

    1616 Eastlake Ave. E., Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98102
    Size: 18,000 square feet in Seattle’s South Lake Union life science cluster
    Opened: 2003

    430 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016
    Size: Portion of Alexandria Center for Life Science—New York City
    Opened: 2014

  • Alexandria LaunchLabs™ in Maryland

    708 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    Website: Alexandria Real Estate Equities,

    Designed for: Early-stage life science companies; Consortium partners are Alexandria Ventures, BioHealth Innovation, Montgomery County and City of Gaithersburg

    Size: Approximately 6,000 square feet consisting of five 1,200-square-foot fully improved office/lab suites.

    Opening: Third or fourth quarter 2015

    Contact: Lawrence J. Diamond, svp, regional market director, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, [email protected] or (301) 947-1770

  • Audubon Biomedical Science and Technology Park at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC)

    3960 Broadway, New York, NY 10032


    Designed for: Early stage, private research and development companies in the life sciences industry

    Number of companies: 13 companies listed online, of which five list Audubon addresses on their websites; 46 companies since opening

    Contact: Waveney Golbourne, administrative manager, [email protected] or (212) 851-5405

    Mary Woodard Lasker Biomedical Research Building (houses Audubon Business and Technology Center)
    Size: 100,000 gross square feet
    Opened: 1995

    Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion
    Size: 175,000 gross square feet
    Opened: 1997

    Irving Cancer Research Center
    Size: 304,000 gross square feet
    Opened: 2005

  • Bayer CoLaborator™

    455 Mission Bay Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94158


    Designed for: Startup life-science companies whose technology platforms, drug targets or drug candidates may align with Bayer’s interests; Housed in the same building as Bayer’s U.S. Innovation Center.

    Size: 6,000 square feet

    Number of companies: Five tenants

    Opened: 2012

    Contact: Chris Haskell, Ph.D., head, U.S. Science Hub, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, [email protected]

  • Berkeley BioLabs

    626 Bancroft Way, Building 3, Suite B, Berkeley, CA 94710


    Designed for: Both proto companies and individual scientists who want to get to their proof of concept quickly

    Size: 4,000 square feet of biotech lab space

    Number of companies: Unavailable

    Opened: 2014

    Contact: Ryan Bethencourt, co-founder (queries on use of space), [email protected]; Ron Shigeta, Ph.D. (scientific queries)

  • Bio, Tech and Beyond

    2351 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008 (within the Carlsbad Research Center)


    Designed for: Professionals seeking to further professional growth and maintain relevance in biotech

    Size: More than 6,000 square feet of community biology lab space in a space leased from the City of Carlsbad, CA for $1/year; In return, Bio, Tech and Beyond committed to providing community science education opportunities, growing membership to 50 people in the first year, launching eight startups, and creating a functional cell and molecular biology lab in the first two years.

    Number of companies: Unavailable

    Opened: 2013

    Contact: Joseph Jackson and Kevin Lustig, chief management officers, [email protected] or (803) 239-7960

  • BioCurious

    845 Stewart Drive, Suite C Sunnyvale, CA 94085


    Designed for: Community biology lab for amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and “anyone who wants to experiment”

    Size: 2,600 square feet consisting of a complete working laboratory (BSL-1) and technical library

    Number of companies: Unavailable

    Opened: 2011

    Contact: [email protected] or (408) 475-2246

  • BioHealth Innovation (BHI) Incubator

    22 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20850


    Designed for: Companies in a variety of health-related technologies that include biotechnology, diagnostics, devices, and health technology by assistive business resources to support the growth and commercialization of early-stage biohealth enterprises in Central Maryland

    Size: Co-working space and “comprehensive” business and product development services.

    Number of companies: Three incubator tenants

    Opened: 2014

    Contact: Ethan J. Byler, managing director, [email protected] or (301) 637-7952 

  • Bioscience Laboratories

    665 3rd Street, Suite 250 San Francisco, CA 94107-1953


    Designed for: Virtual and early-stage life science companies focused on molecular diagnostics, biotechnology tools, bioanalytical services, early-stage therapeutics, and stem cell companies

    Size: 5,000 square feet in facility established by MandalMed.

    Number of companies: Eight current companies or “clients” and 13 past clients listed online

    Opened: 2005

    Contact: Constance M. (Connie) John, R.Ph., Ph.D., founder, [email protected] or (415) 495-5570

  • BioSquare Discovery and Innovation Center

    650 Albany St., Boston, MA 02118


    Designed for: Biotechnology startups

    Size: 12,500 square feet including Individual biomedical laboratory facilities

    Number of companies: Unavailable

    Year opened: Unavailable

    Contact: Michael J. Donovan, [email protected] or (617) 353-8630

  • California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr)

    11119 North Torrey Pines Road, Suite 100, La Jolla, CA 92037


    Designed for: Startups focused on research areas that include autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer biology, regenerative medicine, neglected and orphan diseases, and neurobiology; Established collaborations with Merck & Co., private foundations and academic and other research institutions, including Scripps and UC San Diego School of Medicine

    Size: 50,000 square feet of labs. Calibr is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit institute to which Merck & Co. has committed $90 million over seven years. In return, Merck will hold options to obtain exclusive commercial licenses to any proteins or small molecule therapeutic candidates resulting from Calibr research.

    Number of companies: No companies listed online; Calibr carries out research to preclinical proof of concept, at which stage commercial partnerships will be sought for further development.

    Opened: 2012

    Contact: Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D, institute director and Scripps Family Chair Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, [email protected] or (858) 242-1000

  • Cambridge Biolabs (CBL)

    One Kendall Square, Suite 2203, Bldg. 200, Cambridge, MA, 02139


    Designed for: Startup biotechnology companies and venture capitalists; partnered with BioInnovation, a seed fund and administration team that provides financial and legal support

    Size: 5,000 square feet; Includes BioCloud™, which provides 20 individual lab bays designed for single scientists

    Number of companies: 15 resident companies or “clients” listed online

    Opened: 2010

    Contact: Johannes Fruehauf, M.D., Ph.D., founder and president, [email protected] or (617) 945-2014

  • CONNECT Springboard and Capital Competition

    8950 Villa La Jolla Drive – Suite A124, La Jolla, CA 92037


    Designed for: Southern California biopharmas and other life sciences and technology companies; Springboard assists companies in proving their business model and developing a commercialization strategy; Four six-month tracks are held annually. After completing Springboard, startups deemed suitable and ready for investment by angels, venture capital and/or corporate investors advance to the Springboard Capital Competition. Capital competition winners become CONNECT Portfolio Companies, eligible to present in the region’s year round investor forums.

    Size: Unavailable

    Opened: 2005

    Contact: Brittney Sabbah, program manager (Springboard and Capital Competition); Steve Hoey, director, business creation and development, and Ruprecht von Buttlar, VP, business creation and development (Springboard) (858) 964-1301

  • CreaGen Chemistry Incubator (C2I)—A Division of CreaGen Biosciences

    23 Rainin Road, Woburn, MA 01801


    Size: 7,000 square feet of private and shared lab bench space for 30 scientists, plus 10,000 square feet of office, kitchen/dining, and conference room space. Includes biology lab, and three chemistry labs

    Number of companies: Eight current companies, three biotech company graduates listed online

    Opened: 2012

    Contact: Raj (SB) Rajur, Ph.D., founder and CEO of incubator and founder, chairman and CEO of CreaGen Biosciences, [email protected] or (781) 938-1122

  • Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Northwest Missouri State University)

    1402 N. College Drive, Maryville, MO 64468


    Designed for: Technology-based, start-up companies

    Size: 46,679 square feet; includes a mixed-use incubator and an academic facility.

    Number of companies: Three listed online

    Opened: 2010

    Contact: Larry Lee, director, [email protected] or (660) 562-0823; M. Abdul Mottaleb, analytical chemist, [email protected] or (660) 562-0820 (for analysis or method questions)

  • Genspace

    33 Flatbush Ave., 7th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217


    Designed for: Scientific entrepreneurs, particularly in molecular and synthetic biology, as well as the general public and students

    Size: 600 square feet of lab space used as a community biology laboratory (BSL-1) and teaching site by nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology

    Opened: 2010

    Contact: Ellen D. Jorgensen, Ph.D., president and co-founder, [email protected] or (347) 470-1265

  • Harlem Biospace (Hb)

    423 West 127th Street, New York, NY 10027


    Designed for: Biotech innovators and scientifically minded citizens who will build a frictionless model for turning revolutionary biotech ideas into products that solve real health problems

    Size: 2,300 square feet of shared wet-lab space; entrants selected competitively

    Number of companies: 18 startups listed online.

    Opened: 2013

    Contact: Samuel Sia, Ph.D., Hb co-founder and associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, [email protected] or (267) 702-3051; Christine Kovich, Hb co-founder, [email protected] or (267) 702-3051; Matt Owens, Hb executive director, [email protected] or (267) 702-3051

  • Helix Center Biotech Incubator

    1100 Corporate Square Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63132


    Designed for: Fast-growing companies and entrepreneurs in the early stages of research in the plant and life sciences and in the commercialization of new technologies; Sponsored by the St. Louis County Economic Council in conjunction with the Helix Fund

    Size: 33,000 square feet of wet and dry lab space and offices—including 12 wet labs plus future build-out plans for four wet/dry labs

    Number of companies: 17 member companies listed online

    Opened: 2012

    Contact: Karen Hart, site administrator, [email protected] or (314) 432-2672

  • HTI (Health Technology Innovation)

    2201 West Campbell Park Drive, Chicago, IL, 60612 (within Chicago Technology Park)


    Designed for: Startups in the life sciences and complex research technologies; Flagship institute of EnterpriseWorks Chicago, a University of Illinois-based initiative

    Size: 12,000 square feet of shared wet and dry laboratories plus office space within the Illinois Medical District.

    Number of companies: No companies listed online

    Opened: 2013

    Contact: Kapila Viges, director of EnterpriseWorks Chicago, [email protected]

  • Illumina Accelerator Program

    499 Illinois Street, Suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94158


    Designed for: Creation of an innovation ecosystem for the genomics industry, with a goal of speeding the time to market and reducing the barriers to entry for entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage companies working on breakthrough next-generation sequencing (NGS) applications

    Space: 97,000-square-foot R&D facilities at the Mission Bay campus

    Number of companies: Up to five startups per six-month funding cycle. Participating startups are chosen through a competitive process.1

    Opened: 2014

    Contact: Amanda Cashin, Ph.D., head of Illumina Accelerator, [email protected]

  • Indie.Bio

    2325 Third Street, Suite 202, San Francisco, CA 94107
    University College Cork, Coláiste Na Hollscoile, Bóthar an Choláiste, Corcaigh, Ireland


    Designed for: Synthetic biology startups

    Size: Unavailable

    Number of companies: First class of 11 startups announced in January for San Francisco 100-day program, launched February 28; Five companies listed online for Cork. Typically, Indie.Bio invests $70,000 in seed funding, and access to lab space, and mentorship, in exchange for an 8% stake
    Opened: January 2015 (San Francisco); May 2015 (Cork, Ireland)

    Contact: In Cork, Bill Liao, co-founder Indie.Bio and SOS Ventures investment partner, via Twitter at @liaonet; In San Francisco, Arvind Gupta, founder and SOS Ventures investment partner, via Twitter at @arvndgpta.

  • Innovation Center at Eagleview (ICE)

    665 Stockton Drive at Eagleview, Exton, PA 19341


    Designed for: Aspiring life sciences entrepreneurs

    Size: 40,831 square feet, including 17,000 square feet of chemistry laboratories and approximately 23,000 square feet of office space

    Number of companies: Planned for approximately 10 companies varying between 500 and 2,000 square feet within EagleviewSM, an 800 acre mixed-use community located at Exit 312 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Exton, PA.

    Opened: 2012

    Contact: Marianne Stack, [email protected] or (610) 321-8222; Leasing agent Hankin Group lists two contacts, Jack Purcell, [email protected] or (610) 458-1900; and Stacy Martin, [email protected]  or (610) 458-1900

  • Innovation Park at Notre Dame

    1400 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend, IN 46617 (across from the University of Notre Dame)


    Designed for: startups seeking transitional office and lab space along with business acceleration services

    Size: 55,000 square feet including nine wet labs; “As demand grows, plans will be developed to add up to 150,000 square feet of additional facility space in three more buildings on the same site along Angela Blvd.,” the park states on its website

    Number of companies: 32 current client companies and six graduate clients listed online

    Opened: 2009; 2010 (analytical lab)

    Contact: Natalie Gunn-Stahl, facility manager, (574) 631-8825


    Five locations in the U.S.


    Designed for: Companies from across all sectors including therapeutic, device, diagnostic, digital health and consumer; Part of Johnson & Johnson Innovation

    Contact: [email protected] or (858) 242-1504

    JLABS @San Diego
    3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121 (within Janssen Research & Development’s La Jolla, CA-based West Coast Research Center)
    Web page:
    Size: 40,000 square feet of lab space
    Number of companies: 42 currently onsite with 58 companies since inception.
    Opened: 2012

    JLABS @LabCentral
    700 Main Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
    Web page:
    Size: Located within the 28,000-square-foot LabCentral, which collaborated with Johnson & Johnson Innovation to establish the facility, one of four J&J Innovation Centers worldwide)
    Number of companies: Six resident companies
    Opened: 2013

    JLABS @QB3
    953 Indiana Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 (within [email protected])
    Web page:
    Size: 12,000-square-foot portion of [email protected], one of five incubator sites of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences or QB3, which collaborated with J&J Innovation to establish the facility.
    Number of companies: 22 currently onsite with 26 companies since inception
    Opened: 2013

    329 Oyster Point Boulevard, 3rd Floor, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    Web page:
    Size: 30,000 square feet
    Number of companies: 12 resident companies; Designed to accommodate up to 50 startups
    Opened: March 2015

    JLABS @Texas Medical Center (JLABS @TMC)
    2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77021 (within Texas Medical Center's new Innovation Institute at the TMCx accelerator)
    Web page:
    Size: 30,000-square-foot wet-lab incubator and 5,000-square-foot prototyping shop
    Number of companies: Designed to accommodate up to 50 life science startups
    Scheduled to open: First quarter 2016

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