Biotechnology Accelerator

Cultivating Life Science Innovation

The Sanford-Burnham Biotechnology Accelerator is a state-of-the-art research facility with business development resources to cultivate life science innovation. The Accelerator provides emerging biotechnology and life science companies with access to scientific expertise and industry know-how, shared resources, wet laboratory space and tools to efficiently develop their ideas.

Through our alliance with the CONNECT Springboard program and the University of California, San Diego's Rady School of Management, Sanford-Burnham's Accelerator assists life science innovators to bring ground-breaking ideas from the bench to the bedside. We provide entrepreneurs from Sanford-Burnham and UC San Diego with a wide variety of technological resources, advice from industry leaders, and relationship-building opportunities to help them succeed in today's challenging marketplace.

The Accelerator is a nonprofit life science incubator located on Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute's campus on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, California.

Sanford-Burnham Biotechnology Accelerator

Uniquely Qualified for Success 

Entrepreneurial Services

The Accelerator provides valuable resources for aspiring entrepreneurs to successfully develop their ideas and bring their products to the marketplace.
• CONNECT’s Springboard program offers guidance and industry ties to implement commercialization strategies.
• The Rady School of Management provides emerging companies with entrepreneurship and business plan advice to help them succeed in today’s competitive environment.
• The Sanford-Burnham Entrepreneurial Network, a group of seasoned biotechnology executives with senior management experience and investor relationships, provides valuable business connections.

Competitive Difference

Sanford-Burnham's collaborations with private industry, public institutions, and academia enables the Accelerator to provide emerging companies with all of the resources needed to achieve success. Start-up companies will have access to business planning services through the Rady School, the equipment, shared resources and expertise of Sanford-Burnham, and CONNECT's industry ties to help them implement successful strategies for innovation. There are very few, if any, other incubators that provide such a breadth of resources focused on bringing new biotechnology innovations from the lab to the patient. This structure allows the entrepreneur the freedom to develop their ideas without the need to sacrifice ownership of his or her company.

Scientific Facilities

The newly constructed Accelerator consists of 3,000 square feet of state-of-the-art customizable laboratory space. Lab sizes vary from 300 to 500 square feet and are well-equipped with modern wet lab equipment and other common equipment. The space also includes business offices, conference rooms, 24/7 access and security, loading dock, mail room and janitorial services.

Shared Resources

Entrepreneurs are able to take advantage of the cutting-edge equipment and in-house expertise found in Sanford-Burnham's more than 30 shared resource cores, including animal facilities, DNA analysis, high-throughput screening, bioinformatics, and more. Please visit our Shared Resources for a complete listing.


Accelerator space will be awarded to up to six Sanford-Burnham or UC San Diego spin-out companies. Ideas must first be approved by CONNECT Springboard's Innovation Assessment Panel. Candidate companies will have access to Springboard's Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and Domain Experts to assist them with planning for efficient business formation and development. For information about the application process, please contact, (858)795-5217.


The Accelerator is a collaboration between three of San Diego's premier life sciences leaders: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, CONNECT Springboard program, and the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. CONNECT Springboard, San Diego's leading entrepreneurship organization, provides support with programs and services to advance innovation. CONNECT Springboard is instrumental in assisting young companies in accessing sources of capital, providing entrepreneur education, and networking. The Rady School of Management offers access to emerging leaders of innovation-driven organizations that understand how to move ideas into the marketplace and convert opportunities into business realities. The combination of these three organizations provides companies with all the essential tools to help them succeed and gain independence.

Weekly Seminars

Entrepreneurs are invited to attend weekly seminars hosted by Sanford-Burnham. A robust schedule of scientific presentations features visiting university and industry researchers from top U.S. and international institutions. Speakers are established leaders in their respective fields of study.

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