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 provide a fully equipped and affordable lab space to the Austin life science community. By establishing a permanent wet lab facility coupled with a business incubator, not only do we accelerate Central Texas’ biotechnology economy, but companies thrive and students gain valuable, hands-on workforce experience in an innovative and accessible space.
Director, ACC Bioscience Incubator
Nancy is the Interim Director of the Bioscience Incubator. In this role, she works with entrepreneurs, economic development interests, faculty and other partners to support the biotech economy. Prior to her appointment as the ABI Director, she served as the Lab Coordinator, where she managed the labs and equipment, as well as managed the successful internship program. With a degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, Nancy has been doing molecular biology research and managing labs for over 15 years. Nancy thrives in leadership roles but is also a team player who loves to help, teach and solve problems.
Coordinator, ACC Bioscience Incubator
Kelly Harper has 20 years of experience as a Lab Manager in the academic field, including ten years working with K-12 educators at the Education Service Center Region 13, and ten years in the Anatomy & Physiology labs at Austin Community College. In addition, she was a production chemist at Vitrolife in Denver, Colorado, an international biotech company that specializes in IVF products. Kelly has a MS in Biology from Texas State and a BS in Environmental Management from Texas A&M. She did her thesis research on reproductive behaviour of bats as well as a study abroad summer in Dominica to study bat diversity. She enjoys working with students and answering wildlife questions
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 proud graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her BA in Telecommunications.
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.
Executive Director of the Austin Technology Incubator and the Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at The University of Texas at Austin
Mitch Jacobson is Executive Director of the Austin Technology Incubator and the Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at The University of Texas at Austin. Mitch’s 39-year career in tech includes running Dell Direct Sales in the US and expansion in Europe and worldwide, VP of Sales for Tech Data Corporation with a $7 billion P&L, and founder of the Eyes of Texas Partners Angel Investment Group in Austin, TX. He serves on the Boards of the ACC Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, EcoRise, Austin Forum, TFIC, Pecan Street Inc, and the National Association of Directors. He holds business degrees from The University of Florida and South Florida.
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.
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 deep tech incubator of The University of Texas at Austin. Founded in 1989, it is the longest active technology incubator in the United States. ATI’s mission is to empower university and community entrepreneurs through a customized approach to effectively commercialize their breakthrough innovations and compete in the global marketplace. ATI companies have raised over $1.7 billion and achieved over $3 billion in economic impact.
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.