The University of Arizona Center for Innovation at Oro Valley – an incubator focused on supporting bioscience startups – has officially opened its doors.
The center features office, lab and meeting space. The incubator will also offer companies access to shared laboratory equipment like an ultra-low minus-80-degrees freezer, biosafety cabinets and an inverted fluorescence microscope. Startups will also be able to access a 27-point roadmap for business development, designed to support bioscience discoveries and help translate them into marketable technologies.
“The University of Arizona Center for Innovation at Oro Valley is a vital component in the growing innovation ecosystem being developed by the University of Arizona,” said Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell, UArizona senior vice president for research and innovation, who was recently recognized by the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation for her work to grow innovation impact at the university.
“Establishing a bioscience-focused incubator fills a critical gap and is pivotal in extending the reach of our world-class research and innovation far beyond our campus to benefit society at large,” Cantwell said.
The Oro Valley incubator is part of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation – Tech Parks Arizona’s startup incubator network, which has outposts throughout the Southern Arizona region and is on a mission to grow scalable science and technology startup ventures that fuel the Arizona economy.