The Austin Technology Incubator and the IC² Institute have partnered with the Austin Community College District to launch the ACC Bioscience Incubator (ABI). The ABI is a world-class facility offering state-of-the-art biotechnology equipment, specialized wet lab space, conferencing areas, and staff to help companies transform scientific discoveries into the breakthrough products of tomorrow.
ACC is now accepting applications for the ABI wet lab facilities scheduled to open in February 2017.
The ACC Bioscience Incubator is part of phase II renovations at ACC Highland. The first such facility at a Texas community college, it will provide critically needed research space for life science companies to develop products such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices while providing educational programs, internships, and real-world training to ACC students. It is funded by ACC and Texas grant funding.
“Together, we are transforming biotechnology, medicine, and education in our region,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president and CEO. “Students experience hands-on learning and gain marketable skills that employers are seeking.”
ATI will provide strategic business mentoring and building within the ABI, including infrastructure development of systems, processes, governance, and network of key individuals and funders.
The facility offers:
- Wet lab space: Single benches to full labs with over $1 million of advanced laboratory equipment and specialized clean rooms available to meet companies’ unique needs.
- Startup business mentoring: Member companies own their research ideas and have access to business consultants, workshops, and industry partners.
- Core laboratory and instrumentation: Central management of state-of-the-art shared biotechnology equipment and facilities.
- Workforce education: Student internships and faculty collaborations.
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