UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck and UC’s QB3 Partner to Launch Bio Track Accelerator Program

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UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck and UC’s QB3 Partner to Launch Bio Track Accelerator Program

BERKELEY, CA — UC Berkeley startup accelerator SkyDeck and UC bio entrepreneurship hub QB3 have partnered to launch Bio Track at SkyDeck – Powered by QB3.

This partnership combines the remarkable scientific, industry and entrepreneurial resources available across UC Berkeley and UCSF to launch a new generation of startups working on world-changing solutions through biology.

Starting with the Fall 2018 cohort of startup companies, Bio Track at SkyDeck – Powered by QB3 will select two young companies to receive $100,000 each in investment from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, and the resources and support of both accelerator programs.

“Combining the resources and deep biotech expertise of QB3 with our proprietary Berkeley Acceleration Method, mentorship and funding, we will help two promising startups develop world-changing technologies and prepare to go to market as only we can,” said SkyDeck Executive Director Caroline Winnett.

“This partnership will create unparalleled opportunity for early-stage life science companies joining Berkeley’s rich ecosystem,” said QB3 Executive Director Regis B. Kelly, Ph.D., OBE. “Entrepreneurs from across the globe will be able to leverage both QB3’s deep life science expertise and SkyDeck’s phenomenal accelerator program. We’re excited to be a partner in growing innovative industry in the East Bay!”

“Given UC Berkeley’s track-record of positive academic-to-commercial impact – including being recognized by Forbes.com as ‘the #3 Startup University’ – and QB3’s nearly decade of launching life sciences startups, I can think of no more well-suited partners,” said Amy E. Herr, Ph.D., Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and Investigator at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. “From our undergraduates to our faculty, I look forward to the bright future this partnership will create.”

Startups will receive regular support from leading scientists and investors with a proven history in entrepreneurship in the bio sciences, including:

Selection criteria for companies include:

  • Commercially-viable startup companies in the life sciences that would benefit from the SkyDeck accelerator program and from QB3’s services and expertise;
  • Priority for members of the UC Berkeley / UCSF / LBNL ecosystem; and
  • Priority for SBIR grant awardees.

Each company will also receive:

  • $100,000 investment for each company selected for the Bio Track from the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund;
  • Wet lab bench space provided for the duration of the program, through a local provider;
  • Access to core facilities and services at QB3 – Berkeley; and
  • Introductions to life science-oriented investors.

Applications for Bio Track at SkyDeck – Powered by QB3 are open through March 30, 2018.  Learn more, and apply now, here.

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Media Contact:
Christopher S. Brown


Photo by Susan Merrell, UCSF