Giving entrepreneurs the space to soar

By fundamentally changing the approach to life science research, we give entrepreneurs the playground to be creative. We lower the barriers to entry, minimize the start-up hurdles and provide a launchpad to take theories from hypothesis to data. Because we believe their success will not only change their business, it will impact the lives of many.

An idea and a utility room

In 2006, Doug Crawford repurposed a utility room at the Mission Bay campus of the University of California and the QB3 Garage was born. As the first technology incubator in the UC system, the Garage was met with skepticism. “It’ll never work,” their advisory board said. “It’ll be an intensive care unit for sick companies.” But of the first six startups, four raised Series A venture funding and a fifth was acquired for $25 million – and all within the first two years.

As word spread, so did demand. Entrepreneurial scientists were drawn to the easy access of lab benches and equipment and the camaraderie of being around other entrepreneurs. Keeping that in mind, Doug jumped on the opportunity to lease and completely transform a warehouse in San Francisco in 2013. The result was MBC BioLabs, a full-service incubator offering laboratories, office space, meeting rooms, and an in-house staffed CRO facility with millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. Within six months, it was at full occupancy.

Now with over 50 resident companies, an extensive list of successful alumni companies, and a second location in San Carlos, MBC BioLabs is the premier biotech incubator in the Bay Area. And we’re just getting started.

Our Team

Have a question about our equipment? Connecting with our strategic partners and Mission BioCapital? Or, is there something we can do to improve our services?

Douglas Crawford, Ph.D.
General Manager, MBC BioLabs
Managing Director, Mission BioCapital

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Robert Blazej, Ph.D.
Director, MBC BioLabs
Partner, Mission BioCapital

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Linda Eng
Chief People Officer, MBC BioLabs SF
Office Manager, Mission BioCapital

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Our MBC BioLabs Entrepreneur Success Partners

MBC BioLabs is excited to introduce a new initiative to support our entrepreneurs: our Entrepreneur Success Partners (“ESP”). Each lab location will have a dedicated ESP who will be your go-to contact to ensure your success as a resident in the lab and beyond.

Have a question about our equipment? Connecting with our strategic partners and Mission BioCapital? Or, is there something we can do to improve our services?

If you’re a resident at 930 Brittan Ave – reach out to Zach Collins. For our 733 Industrial Rd residents, reach out to Helen Siaw. And for 953 Indiana St, Robert Blazej. Or, grab any of us in the hallways.

Zach Collins, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur Success Partner
930 Brittan Ave, San Carlos

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Helen Siaw, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur Success Partner
733 Industrial Rd, San Carlos

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Robert Blazej, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur Success Partner
953 Indiana St, San Francisco

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Our Partners

By bringing together small life science companies with the largest biotech companies, we create mutually beneficial relationships, alliances and opportunities for both entrepreneurs and corporate partners. This access provides our entrepreneurs valuable insights about where to focus their efforts and speeds the pipeline of innovation for our partners.

We’re thrilled to partner with
these companies:

Founding Partners

MBC BioLabs San Francisco

MBC BioLabs San Carlos

Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners