03 Nov 2016
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17 Ventures Join the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Re: Steve Pagliuca (MBA 1982); Judy Pagliuca (MBA 1983)

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The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab officially opened its door at 127 Western Avenue, Allston today with 17 ventures among the inaugural cohort of businesses to occupy the space.

As the latest addition to the Harvard Innovation Labs, the Life Lab will build on the One Harvard mission by enhancing the university’s cross-disciplinary ecosystem for exploring innovation and entrepreneurship. Made possible by a gift from Judy (MBA 1983) and Steve Pagliuca (MBA 1982), the Life Lab will give Harvard students, faculty, and alumni access to the facilities, programming, and community they need to take their life science and biotech ventures further, faster.

The fully equipped wet lab environment, collaborative coworking space, and educational resources will support high-potential biotech, pharma, and other life sciences-related ventures that have at least one Harvard founder. Nearly two-thirds of the ventures have a Harvard student, faculty, or post-doc founder, with the remaining one-third launched by alumni. Team members come from eight Harvard schools, and nearly 50 percent of the ventures have a female founder. When the Lab is fully occupied, it will house a total of 20 startups.

The first 17 ventures (along with their Harvard affiliations) joining the Life Lab are:

  • Akous – College, HBS, Blavatnik Fellow
  • Aldatu Biosciences – GSAS, HSPH
  • Beacon Genomics – HMS
  • BiomaRx – HMS
  • change:WATER Labs, Inc. – College
  • DayZero Diagnostics – GSAS
  • Gel4Med – SEAS
  • GRO Biosciences (GRObio) – Wyss Institute/HMS
  • Nix – HBS, SEAS, Blavatnik Fellow
  • PathoVax – HMS
  • Piper Therapeutics – College, HBS
  • Riparian Pharmaceuticals – College, SEAS
  • Suono Bio – HMS
  • UnNamed – HMS
  • UrSure Inc. – HKS
  • Vaxess Technologies, Inc. HBS, SEAS, HKS, HLS
  • XGenomes – HMS

To learn more about these startups, visit the Harvard Innovation Lab website.

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