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There has never been a shortage of entrepreneurs with great ideas designed to tackle the most pressing global challenges — from human health to environmental sustainability. But to grow those ideas into successful ventures, entrepreneurs need space, equipment, and multiple connections to a vibrant ecosystem. That’s why we created Bakar Labs, part of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley. Bakar Labs is built to be the foundational hub for resources where startups thrive.

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Congratulations to AVECRIS and Nosis Bio, winners of the 2022 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Golden Ticket program! 

Announced July 20 as winners, these two companies will win lab space and facilities for a year, and can tap into the CF Foundation’s expertise, patient registry, and clinical trial support.

Ready to Run

Built for speed. Startups need to focus on making milestones, not managing equipment. The incubator will maintain tissue culture facilities, a freezer farm, fume hoods, basic benchtop equipment and plenty of analytical instruments. Optional lab support services can also make for quick starts that help get results fast. Ready to Run

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At Berkeley

Built for breakthroughs. Bakar Labs is just steps from UC Berkeley’s world-renowned faculty and more than 40,000 students who train in top programs in science, engineering, law and business. Dotting the campus is a network of core facilities that feature a wide range of advanced equipment and services for use by startups. Recruiting student talent and scientific co-founders may not be easier. Ready to do more?

Scale Means Community

Built for scale. Today’s best startups blaze a trail all their own, but they don’t do it alone. They build their support network to help them navigate the multiple challenges they face. At Bakar Labs tenants join a community of as many as 50 like-minded teams willing to share the scientific and business insights that help them advance. The incubator spans more than 40,000 square feet of lab and office spaces within the fully renovated Woo Hon Fai Hall, the iconic former home of the Berkeley Art Museum. With so much going on, investors, industry partners, and new talent are already taking notice. Ready to be a part of something big?

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Built for startups. For more than 20 years, QB3 has been the University of California’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship in life science. Through pitch summits, seminars, symposia, podcasts, office hours, internships, and workshops QB3 educates, connects, and elevates the entrepreneurial ecosystem. QB3 has created thousands of connections that help create high-value jobs and bring more than $750 million into the Bay Area annually. Built for you to change the world.

Bakar Labs is open to startups and teams from around the world so anyone can leverage all that UC Berkeley offers.