Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center

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Welcome to the Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center

The Berkeley Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center catalyzes life-science discoveries developed at UC Berkeley. Funded by gifts from Berkeley alumni Mark and Stephanie Robinson, with additional support from alumnus and adjunct Professor David Kirn and his wife Kristin Ahlquist, Berkeley LSEC is a first stop for any member of Berkeley’s community of life science innovators, from students to postdocs to faculty, curious about the path of moving from concept to company.

Read Berkeley LSEC's Launch Announcement.

LSEC supports life sciences entrepreneurship in three ways:

Identification

Berkeley LSEC is partnering with Nucleate Bio Bay Area to run an Innovation Fellowship program. This program will provide hands-on training in landscaping new technologies and an introduction to due diligence and sourcing. The Innovation Fellows will carefully examine the innovation landscape in a technical area of their choice at UC Berkeley, identifying new technologies and innovations that are potentially commercializable. More information here.

Navigation

Berkeley LSEC is a complement to and partner with the university’s remarkable institutes, accelerators, and programs, not a competitor. Berkeley LSEC helps would-be startup founders navigate the best path to success using these resources. Please sign up here(link is external) to be notified when new navigational resources become available; in the meantime schedule a meeting(link is external) with LSEC’s executive director for individualized advice.

Education

Core to LSEC’s mission is helping founders move from concept to company. We are excited to announce that the inaugural I-Corps @ LSEC will be held Sept 13, 15 and 20, 6-9pm online. The course will use the NSF I-Corps curriculum, which focuses on understanding customer needs, but with a life sciences twist. This one-week I-Corps course is a mindset-changing program for students and faculty curious to explore starting a company around an innovation from their lab. More info and apply at bayicorps.com/training(link is external)Berkeley LSEC is also excited to partner with Nucleate Bio(link is external), led by entrepreneurial students from UC Berkeley, UCSF, and Stanford.

How to Connect with Berkeley LSEC

We are excited to show off our latest startups and resident experts. Please follow Berkeley LSEC on LinkedIn(link is external) and Darren Cooke(link is external) (@darrendcooke) for news and events. If you are an investor interested in learning more about Berkeley-founded companies, or have any other questions, please let us know at lifesciences@berkeley.edu.(link sends e-mail). Finally, feel free to sign up for open office hours here