About ACC’S Bioscience Incubator
ACC has a long-term commitment to community economic success. ACC is organized to support industry and uses an entrepreneurial approach to drive business partnerships. Over the past several years, the ACC Biotechnology Program piloted biotech acceleration services with local start-ups. Companies utilized ACC interns and equipment, saving time and money during product development.
The ACC Bioscience Incubator aims to expand on previous successes by establishing a permanent wet lab facility and business incubator to accelerate Central Texas’ biotechnology economy while training a skilled workforce.
Tyler Drake, Ph.D.
Director, ACC Bioscience Incubator
Dr. Tyler Drake leads ABI’s operations. He works with entrepreneurs, economic development interests, faculty and other partners to support the biotech economy. Tyler has experience developing novel technologies in women’s health, cancer diagnostics, and HIV/AIDS. He has authored scientific publications, spoken at international conferences, and worked with startups as an engineer and consultant. Tyler completed postdoctoral training, received a PhD in biomedical engineering and MS in medical physics from Duke University. He has a BA in physics from McDaniel College.
Coordinator, ACC Bioscience Incubator
Nancy Lyon manages the labs, equipment, and related research activities. With a degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Nancy has been doing research and managing labs for over 15 years. She has expertise in most molecular biology techniques and has worked with mammalian cells, yeast, bacteria and insect cells. Much of her scientific career has been focused on protein biochemistry, encompassing microscopy, electrophoresis, western blotting, protein purification, subcellular fractionation and chromatography. She loves to help, to teach and to solve problems.
Yvette Crawford-Lee is the Administrative Assistant where she provides support to the Director, Coordinator, and member companies. She has over 10 years of experience in organizing, managing, coordinating and handling special projects. Her well-rounded skill set, attention to detail, and first-rate communication skills have aided in her ability to maintain good working relationships internally and externally. Outside ABI, she is a board member of the Austin Area Heritage Council and plans the Annual MLK Oratory Competition. Yvette is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a BA in telecommunications.
Gregory P. Pogue, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, Senior Research Scientist, IC2 Institute
Dr. Gregory Pogue is Interim Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist at the IC2 Institute where he leads research and education programs accelerating technology commercialization, early venture creation and entrepreneurship. Greg has extensive technology commercialization experience through senior positions in venture capital, entrepreneurial ventures, technology transfer offices and as a scientific innovator himself. He has led development and testing of >16 clinical stage drug products. Greg has held senior positions in six startup enterprises and has been engaged in the raising or management of >$100M in venture capital and >$20M in competitive grant support.
Lisa McDonald, M.D.
Assistant Program Manager - Bioscience, Austin Technology Incubator
Dr. Lisa McDonald is the advisor to all ATI Bioscience Companies. She is a physician entrepreneur and technologist with expertise in the commercialization of medical devices, digital health, telemedicine, and emerging technologies. Lisa is the founder of a consulting company that connects investors with high impact healthcare tech; international scope includes projects in China, India, UAE, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru. Lisa has a MD from Yale University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) from McCombs, and BS UT-Austin.
Linnea Fletcher, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor
Dr. Linnea Fletcher chairs ACC’s Biotechnology Program and leads the AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center, a NSF-supported, Advanced Technology Education Center that supports the biotech industry. Linnea is a former program officer at the NSF and is passionate about education and outcomes. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry at the University of California at Irvine before coming to Texas to earn her Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Capital City Innovation’s Health and Life Science Affinity Group is Austin’s premier network of health and life science business incubators. With over 100,000 square feet of lab, office, and coworking space the network provides access to shared equipment, mentoring and workshops. It is a convener, creating a community of business and clinical leaders, student interns, and more.
The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin. ATI works with seed and pre-seed-stage companies, helping prepare these businesses for commercial success, with a particular focus on helping startups compete in the capital markets. Over the past 10 years, ATI companies have raised over $750 million and created more than 6,500 jobs, nearly $1 billion in economic impact, and over $20 million in tax revenues in Central Texas.
AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center is a four-year Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center that aims to establish a distributed statewide leadership network focused on educational and industry-based solutions. Using Communities of Practices (CoPs) as a methodology, AC2 works to effectively establish networks supporting growth in the biotechnology industries in Texas and Kentucky.
Fabrico Technology required wet laboratory space and cell culture equipment to complete their SBIR Phase II project involving extracellular matrices for cranioplasty applications. ABI was able to provide wet lab space, equipment, and 2 ACC interns, saving the company $230,000 and 2-3 months of development time. Fabrico successfully completed their Phase II work, and found new applications of their technology in brain tissue and skin.
Environmental Quality Operations (EQO)
EQO required wet laboratory space and biotech equipment in order to complete proof of concept studies surrounding novel biological monitoring techniques for aquatic environments. ABI was able to provide EQO the required infrastructure, saving the company $156,000 and 2 months of time. EQO has now launched their new, revolutionary platform for detection and quantification of zebra mussels in water samples.
How do I apply?
ABI has rolling admissions. We encourage you to fill out our online application and if there is a fit, we will contact you.
How long can my company stay?
This varies with each company, but typical contracts are 6-18 months. Once the company achieves agreed upon milestones and outgrows the incubator they successfully “graduate.”
Do I have to be affiliated with Austin Community College to join?
No. Although the ABI is part of Austin Community College, there is no requirement that your company has a connection.
What is the selection process?
We review online applications to identify companies that may be a good fit. We then evaluate these companies through our due diligence process which may include entrepreneur pitches, meetings, and other discussions between ABI affiliated staff, experts, and founders. A steering committee gives final feedback and recommendation for admission. Relationships generated through the process often add value to companies regardless of admission.
Does my company have to hire ACC interns?
Hiring of ACC interns is recommended but not required. We do require some level of educational agreement which can involve other activities like working with faculty to design curriculum or guest lecturing.
What types of companies does the ABI accept?
We accept startup companies working in the life sciences and related fields.