Lab space to accelerate innovation


Back in 2005, we launched the QB3 Garage@UCSF, the first startup incubator in the UC system. We’ve learned a lot since then about what bio-entrepreneurs need: Lab space and so much more, to help them succeed in those difficult early stages.

The exterior of BBH from Bancroft Ave
A scientist looking at a protein structure on a screen
A group shot of seven smiling members of a startup tenant company
A scientist loading Eppendorfs into a centrifuge
A man and a woman look at a laptop screen together
Three people sitting at a table underneath an oval fluorescent light
A scientist in a white coat pipettes into a conical flask
A row of scientists at work pipetting at the bench
Two scientists in the lab looking at a gel in a box
Seven startup team members around a round table
The skylights and interior of the main office floor at Bakar Labs
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Bakar Labs

Based at UC Berkeley, Bakar Labs is our largest incubator to date, a full-service operation with space for 35 biotech companies. The incubator is devoted entirely to wet-lab bioscience and offers lab and office space, shared and private, key equipment such as fridges, freezers, and centrifuges, cell culture rooms, conference rooms, an auditorium, and a core facility with sophisticated instruments. A business and operations team keeps things running smoothly. Our many affiliates offer vital services and deep expertise in biotech commercialization. Tenants can access talent and resources on the UC Berkeley campus and enjoy programming including regular social events and interactive seminars with leading scientific and business speakers.

Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub

From materials that can draw carbon from the air to plastics that are truly biodegradable, the University of California, Berkeley, is home to a stunning array of discoveries that are poised to improve the health of our planet and reverse the devastating effects of climate change. The Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub, expected to open during the 2027-2028 academic year, will provide campus innovators with the resources they need to launch successful companies in the burgeoning field of climate technology.

Architect's rendering of the future Bakar ClimatEnginuity Hub

QB3 Garage at Berkeley

The QB3 Garage@Berkeley in UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall (which is home to the QB3-Berkeley department) features approximately 800 square feet of wet laboratory space, set up with eight stations for incubator use. Each station offers bench and desk space, and network connections. Resident companies also share use of a prep bench with standard lab facilities and space for floor-standing equipment. Admission is via application to QB3-Berkeley.