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 mission-driven team is small yet mighty. With a rich scientific background and a proven track record, we come to work everyday to serve our entrepreneurs and empower their success.

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

Doug’s goal is to help entrepreneurial scientists create successful startups. To this end, he founded and manages MBC BioLabs. This state-of-the-art coworking laboratory program in San Francisco allows entrepreneurs to rapidly generate data without getting bogged down in facility management. Rather than spending months getting a facility up and running, MBC BioLabs startups can generate important data in their first week.

Doug is also the Managing Director of Mission Bay Capital and has overseen the investment in 45 companies, 9 of which have already enjoyed successful exits (Alector, Atreca, Calithera, Cell Design Labs, iPierian, Principia, Redwood Biosciences, True North, and Zephyrus). He is a board member of Avexegen, Epiodyne, Graphwear, Invenio, Magnamosis, Magnap, Mitokinin, SiteOne (observer), and Tangible Sciences.

Robert Blazej, Ph.D.
Director, MBC BioLabs
Partner, Mission Bay Capital

Robert Blazej co-founded Allopartis Biotechnologies out of the original “garage” incubator at UCSF and has been hooked on entrepreneurship ever since.  Allopartis was acquired by Novozymes in 2013 and Robert became director of Novozymes’ Digital Biotechnology site in San Francisco before joining MBC Biolabs in 2017. Robert is a passionate biotechnologist with a diverse skill set spanning business, life science, engineering and intellectual property. Robert brings 10 years of small and big company operational experience to the team and is thrilled to be able to share that experience with MBC Biolabs resident companies.

Linda Eng
Director of Operations, MBC BioLabs San Francisco
Office Manager, Mission Bay Capital

Linda served as assistant to Douglas Crawford at QB3 years ago, where she helped Mission Bay Capital in its formation and launch. Thereafter, Linda was offered a role within UCSF’s Department of hematology and oncology as Program Manager of the Translational Research Program under the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, an NCI cooperative group. While there, her role grew into Program Manager of the Prostate Cancer Research Program for UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Linda provided project management for a $10M Stand-Up-To-Cancer Prostate Dream Team, a six-institution clinical trial effort to target treatment-resistant metastatic prostate cancer.

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