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June 23, 2021

Bioscience incubator to open on Yale medical campus


Construction may be underway for a new bioscience tower in New Haven, but that hasn’t solved an immediate lab space crunch for the region’s growing number of infant startups.  

A new 7,630-square-foot downtown incubator announced Tuesday aims to help.

The John B. Pierce Laboratory, a non-profit, independent research institute affiliated with Yale University, said it will open the incubator inside its building at 290 Congress St. in October.

“The facility will be fully outfitted and ready for companies to move in and get right to work,” Vincent Pieribone, Pierce Laboratory director emeritus, said in a statement. 

He said tenants will have access to the scientists within the Pierce Laboratory “giving them additional chances for discussions and allowing for cross-fertilization with both junior and senior [scientists].”

State bioscience industry organization BioCT will create and run the incubator, dubbed New Haven Innovation Labs. BioCT also runs an incubator in Groton called Innovation Commons.

BioCT President and CEO Dawn Hocevar said in a statement that the industry’s number-one need is infrastructure and lab space across all stages of company growth.

The new incubator, designed for companies in the earliest stages spun out of Yale and elsewhere, will “be an important bridge for startup space in New Haven,” Hocevar said.

Located on the Yale School of Medicine campus, the incubator will comprise 6,250 square feet of lab and office space and 1,380 square feet of common area, according to the announcement. 

There will be a mix of private and shared wet labs and offices, including four private or semi-private labs; one shared-bench lab with 14 benches; and eight private or shared offices. 

It will offer flexible leases and include access to shared equipment, conference rooms, a cafe, mentoring, programming and membership to BioCT, according to the new incubator’s website. 

An on-site vivarium for animal studies, as well as a prototyping service through Pierce Lab, will also be available, the website said. 

The incubator is being underwritten by the Pierce Laboratory and a grant from CTNext, an entrepreneurship program overseen by quasi-public state venture capital arm Connecticut Innovations. 

The project is part of the state’s Innovation Places program, which aims to build innovation ecosystems in New Haven and three other Connecticut cities.

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