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MBC BioLabs enables Life Science Startups to run experiments on day one, not year one.

MBC BioLabs is changing the way life sciences start-ups are doing business. Rather than being stuck in the Catch 22 of needing data to get funding, and needing funding to get data, MBC BioLabs allows companies to begin running experiments on DAY 1, on a budget that doesn’t require raised capital.

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Rent a Bench. Change the World.

With state-of-the art equipment, a vibrant community, and a la carte business services, we enable and empower entrepreneurial scientists to run their lab fast, frugal, and focused.

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How It Works

One Bench At A Time

At MBC BioLabs, we take care of the maintenance, upkeep, and logistics, so you can obsess over the science and nothing else. You just rent a bench and do your work! We take care of the rest.

Our co-working labs allow companies to start with as little as a single bench and then grow to around 15 scientists. Each of our labs provides access to millions of dollars of equipment, office space, conference rooms, kitchen, events, and access to partners and investors.

Getting started easier than you might think. Benches are only $1,600/month including tips, tubes, and gloves, AND we don’t require any equity upfront. With these modest investments, MBC BioLabs companies average $24.2 million in funding.

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MBC BioLabs Companies

Success Stories At MBC BioLabs

Given the right environment, entrepreneurial scientists can and will change the world. Here’s a look at the exciting work being done by MBC BioLabs residents and alumni.

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Our Equipment Library

In life sciences, having access to cutting-edge equipment is a huge research advantage. We want to ensure that no matter what you’re working on, you’ve got the very best tools at your fingertips.

Core Facility

  • AKTA

  • Analytical Balances
  • Cell Counter

  • Flow Cytometry

  • Fluorescent Microscopy
  • Gel Boxes and Power Supplies
  • Gel Imager

  • LN2 Storage

  • pH meter

  • Plate Readers

  • qPCR
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge

Cell Culture Facilities

  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Centrifuges

  • Incubators

  • Inverted Microscopes
  • Water Baths


  • -80, -20, and 4 °C storage
  • Autoclave

  • Dishwasher

  • Ice machine

  • Purified water

  • Shakers and Oven

  • Stirrer/Hotplate
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Our Story: 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.

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See What Our Alumni Are Saying About MBC BioLabs


Instrumental in getting life science startups off the ground. MBC has state of the art equipment and facilities that allowed us to focus our efforts on getting experiments done versus spending our initial small budget on capital expenditure and lab space set up. Glad to have been part of this community.

Magi Richani, Alpine Roads

Some day, MBC will be a case study in how to do a Biotech incubator right. One of the biggest challenges for early stage Biotech companies is capital…biotech startups can be expensive and it is hard to raise money when the first $500k goes to equipment and rent. MBC Biolabs sweet spot is providing support and infrastructure, at an affordable price, for those bleeding edge, high risk Biotech companies to get a start and more efficiently use precious funding to move R&D forward. It would have been much harder to perform our proof of concept experiments in other less supportive environments. But the other sweet spot is the MBC Biolab community. Imagine a whole building of several dozen Biotech startup companies that talk to each other and share resources and ideas. The MBC community is an intangible force multiplier that is hard to describe but equally important to everything else at MBC Biolabs.

Geoff Sargent, CEO, GeneTether, Inc

MBC is outstanding in every aspect- True enablers of science by facilitating their customers with world class equipment and the most friendly service! The comfort provided helps drive science in the most efficient way. if you are looking to build and escalate your startup in the bay area, look no further, they have it all !!!!

Thulashitha Rajasingham, BridgeBio

MBC BioLabs makes biotech startup dreams come true! The facility is excellent, with all the standard instruments you’ll need for your molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology needs. And they also provide essential consumables so you don’t have to worry about daily ordering and operations needs while you focus on the science. Linda and the rest of the staff are stellar – super helpful, accommodating, great troubleshooters, and proactive in creating a comfortable and innovative work culture. They also regularly set up seminars to help the onsite companies network and learn about new technologies and business opportunities. If you’re looking to get your biotech startup going, you can’t go wrong with MBC BioLabs.

Sami Hussain, Nitrome Biosciences

We looked at several incubators in the Bay Area, MBC Biolabs is hands down the best! We have access to cutting edge lab equipment, a supportive community of founders, and just excellent facilities and staff. We could not ask for more!

Christine Ichim, Florica Therapeutics

MBC offers a rare and valuable setup for early-stage biotech companies. A lab well equipped to be shared, a co-working space, plus super friendly staffs. On top of that, the community ready to help formed by the collaborators from other companies is a priceless asset. Our team loves this space and its people.

Carolina Reis, OneSkin
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