ABI offers turnkey solutions for life science start-ups seeking critical infrastructure.
The ACC Bioscience Incubator was born out of an approximately 9,500 SF renovation of the iconic Highland Mall in central Austin, TX. The facility features 4,000 SF of wet labs, two ISO 8 clean rooms, open workspace, conference space, and support offices. The space is designed to create a flexible environment that allows life science entrepreneurs to focus on innovation.
ABI Highland has a convenient central location at ACC Highland Campus, near the north junction of I-35 and Highway 290, providing easy rail and bus access to downtown Austin.
We partnered with Texas Life-Sciences Collaboration Center (TLCC) to provide additional wet lab space to life science startup companies in Georgetowntown, TX. This facility features approximately 2,000 SF wet lab space, conference room, and shared equipment.
Core Labs & Instrumentation
Member companies have access to ABI core laboratories, furthering expanding their scientific capabilities. Core facilities greatly reduce costs and allows startups to focus on adding value to their ideas.
- BSLII Cell Culture Facility
- Instrumentation Room
- Equipment Storage and Sterilization
The facility is stocked with $1.2M of best-in-class instrumentation that will enable life science entrepreneurs to use cutting edge technologies to explore emerging science.
Cell culture room equipped with biosafety cabinets and CO2 incubators
Illumina MiSeq Next Generation Sequencer
Thermo Scientific UltiMate 3000 UHPLC
Thermo Scientific LTQ XL Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer
Shimazdu Gas Chromatograph w/ auto-sampler
Wave 25 Bioreactor
AKTA Pure 25 FPLC system
Qiagen Roto 5Q qPCR
MakerBot 3D printers
GE-Amersham Gel Doc Imager 600 RGB
Ultra cold storage
Liquid nitrogen generator
Fluorescence and light microscopy
PURELAB Flex 3 water system
Ultracentrifuge (Beckman Optima XPN80) with SW-32Ti and TY-50.2Ti rotors
Large volume floor centrifuge (Beckman Avanti JE) with JLA16-250 and JLA9.1000 rotors with adaptors for additional volumes
2.5L Lyophilization system
Microplate Washer and Reader
Glove Box Isolation Chamber
Olympus fluorescence microscope w/ camera (IX73)
Much more standard lab equipment
Entrepreneurs enjoy an IP-free environment where they keep 100% of their ideas. Start-ups have a large company feel with access to a conference room, internet access, package reception, and secure 24/7 access. Full-time ABI staff are on-site to provide strategic consulting, common lab management, and operations support.
We have partnered with the Austin Technology Incubator to give member companies access to ATI business incubation services and interns. ATI focuses on helping startups compete successfully in the capital markets and has a 25-year track record of helping founding teams achieve success.
ACC Faculty & Internships
Engage with experienced faculty members, many of which have significant industry expertise. ACC student interns are also available to increase your technical workforce and provide research support.
Our contract service organization (CSO) helps entrepreneurs advance their businesses by providing the expertise and tools they need to turn their discoveries into commercially viable solutions. Companies can outsource projects to ACC faculty and students who provide research support on a contract basis, saving time and money.
- CSO is a low-risk option that enables entrepreneurs to explore new ideas
- Work is conducted on-site under the supervision of ABI staff
- Students gain real-world experience while providing valuable services to companies
Industry partnerships, educational workshops, and continuing education programs bring together the larger biotech community to create a critical mass of expertise for navigating the research to product cycle.
Partnerships with resources such as the NSF-funded AC2 Bio-Link Regional Center provide hands-on experience and instructional training for the local community in biotechnology topics such as the recent Austin Stem Cell Teacher Academy.
The ABI also works with ACC Continuing Education and Biotechnology Program to design customized training for local companies in project management, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, or implementing new technologies.