Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab
The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory is a wet lab incubator space at the University of Nevada, Reno. Its creation was inspired by the cost prohibitive nature of startups in the biosciences and to accelerate the growth and success of bioscience entrepreneurship in Northern Nevada. The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory facilitates innovation by bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs and providing services and resources by leveraging existing campus expertise and support.
Northern Nevada continues to experience rapid growth in the tech industry, including the emergence of local biotechnology entrepreneurship. The University plays a pivotal role in this growth by training highly-skilled laboratory personnel, collaborating with regional companies, and encouraging innovative technological advancements through fundamental research. The University also hosts several molecular biosciences core facilities, including the following:
- Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center
- Nevada Genomics Center
- Nevada Center for Bioinformatics
- Single Cell Molecular Expression Core
- Nevada Cytometry Center
- Microscopy and Cell Metabolism Core
Space and Equipment
The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Lab occupies approximately 1,050 sq. ft. of newly renovated laboratory space in the Applied Research Facility. The lab is a fully furnished, turnkey wetlab space housing necessary equipment and infrastructure for multiple operations with minimal sharing. Chemical and biolgoical waste services are included. Shared equipment currently includes the use of chemical fume hoods (certified), a clean bench (certified), a biosafety cabinet (certified), baking/drying oven, various microbiological incubators, autoclave, freezers, coolers, ice machine, DI water, ultrapure water, chemical storage, and bench-top equipment.
The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory is managed exclusively by the Nevada Center for Applied Research. Tenants will be required to make arrangements with the Nevada Center for Applied Research prior to obtaining access to the space for training and safety purposes. Training on specialized equipment will be spearheaded by University personnel, with the objective that tenants will assist co-workers with general training and guidance. This will promote a collaborative, supportive atmosphere that nurtures idea sharing within the Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory and the University as a whole.
Tenants can lease as much or as little space as needed and have access to all shared equipment in the center. Consumable supplies may be ordered and obtained through the Nevada Center for Applied Research at a cost-savings in addition to acquiring the ability to access core laboratories and centers within the Shared Research Facility at the University.
The benefits of a well-equipped (and staffed) bioscience incubator on local economies are well established. Northern Nevada now has the opportunity to develop biotechnology as a significant contributor to its increasingly diversified economy. The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory provides critical bioscience infrastructure in the region, significantly reducing prohibitive costs for biotechnology startups. The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory leverages existing core facility expertise by providing additional equipment, services, and collaborative opportunities for companies to develop and prosper.
The Biosciences Entrepreneurial Laboratory serves as a gateway for tenants and contracting companies to access broader expertise in the campus community, ranging from grant/funding proposal preparation to technology transfer.
Student interns will have opportunities to interact with businesses, significantly improving education and training in fields ranging from biotechnology to bioinformatics, business administration, and marketing while also providing a competitive advantage for recent graduates entering the job market.