A new incubator at the “tough tech” convergence of sciences

​​​​​The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub at UC Berkeley is an exciting donor-developed project that creates a nexus for excellence in entrepreneurship at the “tough tech” intersection of the life sciences with the physical, engineering, and data sciences.​

Artist's rendering of Woo Hon Fai Hall

Artist’s rendering of Woo Hon Fai Hall

Building on UC Berkeley’s​ preeminence in research and strong entrepreneurship programs, the hub establishes a full-service life science incubator that offers world-class wet laboratory and office space, so start-up teams can test, develop and grow their game-changing ideas one bench at a time. Vibrant programs link the spokes of the campus entrepreneurship ecosystem and bring together faculty, researchers, students, alumni, and entrepreneurs. The project builds on the success of the Bakar Fellows Program—which launched in 2012 and has since supported 43 Bakar Faculty Fellows across the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture.

Located close to Berkeley Law and the Haas School of Business, the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub will thoughtfully preserve Woo Hon Fai Hall, a National Register building and City of Berkeley designated landmark that was the former home of the University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Featuring a transparent glass addition, the 40,000 square foot facility of flexible lab and office space will accommodate up to 300 start-up tenants. Approved by the UC Regents last fall, the project is now in the design phase. The grand opening is expected in early 2021, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Woo Hon Fai Hall.

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