ACC Bioscience Incubator companies are centered in the life sciences. Even though ABI is part of Austin Community College, any company can apply.


ABI Highland

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, and conference room. 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.

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Core Labs & Instrumentation

Core Labs

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
  • Cold Storage and Steam Sterilization

Shared Equipment

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.


Equipment List

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

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

Branson Sonicator


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

Olympus fluorescence microscope w/ camera (IX73)

Eppendorf Innova S44i Shakers

Much more standard lab equipment

Business Development

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.

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Entrepreneurship Education

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.

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Interested in growing your Biotech business at ABI?