In the spring, Tufts opened a full-service biotech facility that leases space to early-stage life sciences startups. The fifteen-thousand-square-foot Tufts Launchpad | BioLabs is located on the university’s health sciences campus in downtown Boston and has capacity for approximately one hundred scientists and entrepreneurs across fifty ready-to-use lab benches, private lab suites for companies with up to ten scientists, private and coworking offices, and event space. Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, Tufts Launchpad | BioLabs provides resident companies with access to Tufts’ core facilities and services—such as sequencing, peptide synthesis, and confocal microscopy—on a fee-for-service basis. Also included are educational programming and networking events ranging from seminars to social hours and Massachusetts Biotechnology Council benefits. (BioLabs, a scientist-entrepreneur and investor-founded network of shared lab workspaces, is managing operations.)

“Tufts researchers are pursuing solutions to problems in every discipline. At the same time, entrepreneurs combine a vision to develop new products with a drive to push past challenges in order to be successful,” said Simin Nikbin Meydani, vice provost for research at Tufts. “A space where early-stage innovators can focus on exploration rather than expenses and utilize the depth of knowledge and resources available at our world-class research university will help them accelerate the introduction of innovations that will positively impact the life sciences.”

Current resident companies are working on a new immunotherapy against neurodegenerative diseases, personalized wound care, pepducin-based therapeutics for the treatment of severe fibrotic diseases, and more.  “Innovation and entrepreneurship are areas of increasing importance in higher education,” said Meydani. “Tufts Launchpad | BioLabs leverages and extends Tufts’ commitment to collaboration, the life sciences, and innovation, and welcomes science entrepreneurs into the Tufts ecosystem, and vice versa.”

Admission to the facility is through a competitive review process. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis, and applicants need not have an affiliation with Tufts.