About Us

    Helping ambitious bio-entrepreneurs change the world for the better.

    Our Story
    Our Story

    Bakar Labs is the incubator at UC Berkeley’s Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, the award-winning masterpiece transformed from art museum to thriving center of innovation in life science.

    UC Berkeley is fast becoming a global leader in entrepreneurship. Countless campus groups boost startups. But bioscience founders need lab space to operate and specialized services and mentorship to reach their full potential. Where could they find a home? Opportunity opened up in 2014 when the Berkeley Art Museum moved to a new location. Inspired minds reimagined the landmark building. With philanthropic funding, it was completely redesigned as a life science innovation center: the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub. BBH supports interdisciplinary bioscience, introduces students to biotech, and houses Bakar Labs, an incubator that supports early-stage ventures launched by entrepreneurs from Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond.

    BBH held its grand official opening in May 2022. Within eight months of launch, Bakar Labs was at 65% capacity, breaking even financially, and had formed more than 20 partnerships, including arrangements with major life science companies and leading firms in banking, law, and venture capital. Now nearing full occupancy, Bakar Labs continues to grow and innovate in the services we provide entrepreneurs from conception through Series A investment. We’re always open to new ideas. See a way to work together? Get in touch.

    Our Team

    Our Team

    The mission of our dedicated team is to support our innovative tenants as they develop exciting new technologies to solve the biggest problems facing society.

    David Schaffer, PhD

    Director, Bakar BioEnginuity Hub & Bakar Labs

    Gino Segrè, PhD

    Managing Director, Bakar Labs

    Amelia Farmer

    Business Operations Assistant

    Sharon Gillars

    Administrative Officer

    Mimi Hancock, PhD

    Managing Director, Executive Mentorship

    Minji Huang

    Business Operations Assistant

    Riley Hummel

    Project Analyst, QB3 & Bakar Labs

    Susan Jenkins, PhD

    Managing Director, Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

    Regis Kelly, PhD, OBE

    Director of Public Outreach, Bakar Labs

    Jill Marchant

    Lab Operations Associate

    Adrian Miu, MPA

    Business Operations Manager

    Kaspar Mossman, PhD

    Managing Director, QB3

    Thom Opal

    Laboratory and Facility Safety Specialist

    Quelani Penland

    Quelani Penland

    Administrative Manager, Bakar BioEnginuity Hub and Bakar Fellows Program

    Carmen Ramirez

    Laboratory Operations Assistant

    Lu Yu

    Lab Operations Assistant