Apple and Microsoft started out in garages, but a biopharma startup cannot follow suit. Not when there’s equipment like centrifuges, water baths, and, increasingly, sequencers that have to be used, and have to go somewhere.
Increasingly in recent years, that somewhere is a specialized space for startups. Typically they are called incubators; some are called accelerators, and a few have alphanumeric appellations like HTI and QB3. Then there’s another alphanumeric, “DIY,” as in do-it-yourself—these are community labs that have begun popping up over the past couple of years, designed for both the citizen scientist and the professional researcher, usually offering programs and classes—and most importantly, access to a lab—at lower costs than traditional incubators.
Another twist on the traditional incubator has been the startup spaces opened in recent years by big biopharmas including Bayer’s CoLaborator, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Labs. J&J itself works with early-stage companies through its Innovation Centers worldwide. Merck & Co. has taken another approach, contributing big bucks ($90 million, to be exact) toward the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr). And in November, Celgene announced plans to house in part of its San Francisco space startups funded by Versant Ventures under a collaboration with Toronto’s Blueline Bioscience.
Following is a list of 33 incubators serving biotechnology and pharmaceutical startups, unranked and listed in alphabetical order, and based on information furnished by the companies on their websites and other publicly available material, including their LinkedIn and Twitter pages and press announcements. Each incubator is listed with its address, phone number, website address, manager or other contact person where disclosed, a description of its space, its number of companies where disclosed, and access afforded companies to resources beyond lab equipment.