ACC Bioscience Incubator companies are centered in the life sciences. Even though ABI is part of Austin Community College, any company can apply.
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.
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
- Cold Storage and Steam 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
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
Olympus fluorescence microscope w/ camera (IX73)
Eppendorf Innova S44i Shakers
Much more standard lab equipment
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.
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.