Explore the advanced labs and best-in-class instrumentation that's building the biotechnology industry in Central Texas
The ACC Bioscience Incubator (ABI) hosts an open house at its state-of-the-art facility for faculty, staff, and students to explore advancements in biotechnology happening at Austin Community College.
Date: Thursday, January 16, and Friday, January 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: ACC Bioscience Incubator | ACC Highland, Building 4000 (6101 Highland Campus Dr.)
ABI is the only fully-equipped, leasable, and affordable wet lab in Austin. Guests are invited to tour the facilities, meet with staff, and learn about the companies in residence.
"Even if you aren't a 'science person', this is a remarkable facility. The incubator offers close to $2 million of high-end lab instrumentation, including a centrifuge that reaches up to 80,000 rpm," says Nancy Lyon, interim director of the ACC Bioscience Incubator. "Guests can walk inside our labs to get a first-hand look at the advancements in the emerging biotech industry that are happening right here on our campus."
The Incubator provides life science entrepreneurs leasable wet lab space, start-up business development, core laboratory and instrumentation resources, operational support, and more. Currently, 15 member companies are leasing space at the Incubator.
"Every time I walk into ABI, I know I'm establishing a business that's going to be useful for people in Austin," said Darren Toczko, Food and Ag Lab, LLC's founder. "If ABI wasn't here, I wouldn't have been able to start Food and Ag Lab, which would have had an effect of the local food scene because they still would have to be sending their samples out to another place or just not doing that kind of testing."
The Incubator also provides ACC students real-life, hands-on experience and opportunities to interact with entrepreneurs on a daily basis.
Hosted by the ACC Bioscience Incubator, the event is free. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.