The BioFab Startup Lab was launched with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through their highly-competitive Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The BioFabrication Coalition, led by the City of Manchester, was awarded a total of $44 million to build on the foundation making Manchester, and specifically the Amoskeag Millyard, the epicenter for the biofabrication industry.
The Advisory Board for the BioFab Startup Lab includes experts in tissue engineering, technology commercialization, building and scaling businesses, and investment. They are bringing their expertise and networks to help make the Startup Lab off-the-charts successful, which is what we need to do to build this industry.
Associate Vice President and Chief Business Development and Innovation Officer
President & CEO, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences
Principal, Anzu Partners
Engineering and Innovation for Cell Therapy Manufacturing Consultant, EngInn LLC
President & CEO at University City Science Center I Board Member I Global Advisor
Executives-in- Residences (EiRs)
The EiR program brings experienced senior professionals and successful entrepreneurs in biotech and innovation to serve as consultants for part of the leadership team for Startup Lab portfolio companies. EiRs provide expertise in partnering, fundraising, go-to-market strategies, board building, operations and product realization.
We will be recruiting Executives in Residence – please check back soon.
Companies benefit from a vibrant regional ecosystem
U.S. Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
NextGen Manchester Resiliency Council
The NextGen Manchester Resiliency Council was formed as part of the EDA BBBRC award to bring together partner organizations aligned in the vision of making Manchester the epicenter of the biofabrication industry and specifically bringing the benefits of this emerging industry to the local community.
University of New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire, through its Manchester campus, is a key partner in supporting both the startups and the workforce development needs of biofabrication companies in the region. BioFab Startup Lab portfolio companies receive preferential access to their state-of-the-art Biotechnology Innovation Center as well as a dedicated counselor through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help in developing and growing their business as well as navigating state and local resources.
Additionally, UNH is a primary source of workforce development across the region. More than 18,000 students graduating between 2012 and 2020 from the University System of New Hampshire are employed or interned at over 2000 business across N.H.
Finally, UNH’s FOSTER program provides startups with guidance and assistance in identifying and competing for SBIR/STTR’s.
DRIVEN Accelerator Hub
DRIVEN was founded by Celdara Medical and Simbex and launched through the NIH IDeA program. Their successful model has been used as a baseline.
StageNext is a network-driven venture capital fund focused on investing in women-led companies.
Toohey Law Group
Toohey Law provides Startup Companies with advice on intellectual property, business formation, and contracts.