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Harvard Life Lab to Open on Allston Innovation Corridor in November

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Building on the successes of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-Lab), established in 2011, and the Harvard Launch Lab, a start-up incubator that welcomed its first ventures in 2014, Harvard University will add another facility to the growing innovation corridor along Allston’s Western Avenue with the forthcoming Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, scheduled to open next month.

The new facility will provide a space for students, faculty, alumni and postdoctoral scholars from schools across the university, including Harvard Business School (HBS), to incubate high-potential startups in biotech and future-minded life sciences. It will also provide the necessary equipment needed for these often costly science-focused startups to scale.

A generous donation from HBS MBA alumni Judy and Steve Pagliuca made the new 15,000-square-foot building possible.

“We believe innovation in the life sciences is critically important to the future of our region from an economic standpoint and equally important to all of our futures in its potential to solve complex health problems,” Steve Pagliuca (MBA ’82) said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the innovation movement at Harvard and we are excited at the potential of the ideas that will emerge from this new space,” added Judy Pagliuca (MBA ’83).

The conception of the building came during the early years of the aforementioned i-Lab, when several participants who pursued life sciences required specific wet labs (labs that test chemicals, drugs and other materials that need special ventilation). About 20 ventures at a time will be able to be housed in the new facility, which will also be close to Harvard’s soon-to-be-completed Science and Engineering Complex. The inaugural ventures include between two and five students representing eight different Harvard schools, and almost half have a female founder.

Generously, the Life Lab has gifted a one-time $60,000 grant to Allston-Brighton public schools to provide new Chromebooks for students. Facility organizers plan to continue working with the community, sponsoring local science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops open to the public, along with an annual ice cream social.

Speaking about the inaugural venture teams, Jodi Goldstein, managing director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, said in a statement, “We hope by building community we will accelerate their development and increase their likelihood of future success and ultimate impact on the world.”

Read more about the new Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab here.

Matthew Korman
Matthew Korman is a contributing author and editor for Clear Admit. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked with numerous academic institutions, in addition to roles as a music industry writer, promoter, and data analyst. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.