The Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative Incubator (PBCI) is a non-profit biotech incubator created to support the growing number of life science start-ups in the Los Angeles area. It promotes and supports new company formation by providing low-cost, high quality wet lab space and access to shared-used equipment to early stage start-ups. The PBC also provides specialized education and training for the biotechnology workforce, as well as access to experts in business fields such as intellectual property, law and financial planning.


Since opening its doors in 2004, the PBCI has rapidly expanded from a humble 500 square foot operation to housing 18 companies across 3 facilities in early 2014. With a wide range of shared use equipment and support services, the PBC has allowed entrepreneurs to develop proof-of-principle for their particular applications while retaining 100% of their Intellectual Property.

Responding to the growing need for wet lab space PBCI has opened a third facility in 2012, creating space for 8 more companies. Strategically located within walking distance of each other, the three labs further strengthen Pasadena’s burgeoning reputation as a welcoming community for biotechnology, chemistry and life science research.

Under the umbrella of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, the Incubator is a result of planning by individuals from many different sectors – government, education, non-profits, and private industry. California State Senator Jack Scott and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard spearheaded the initiative, resulting in a collaboration that includes the following key organizational partnerships:

California State University Chancellor’s Office
California State University, Los Angeles
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University Program for Education and Research Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

City of Pasadena
Foothill Workforce Investment Board
Huntington Medical Research Institutes
Pasadena City College
Southern California Biomedical Council

About the Incubator

As a nonprofit organization, the PBCI has access to donated equipment and is, therefore, able to provide early start-up companies with high quality facilities and equipment at low cost. The WetLab currently offers shared use of hoods, incubators, autoclave, freezers, coolers, ice machine, DI water, chemical storage and standard laboratory benchtop equipment. (View Equipment List)

Trained interns are available from the Biology Technology Program at Pasadena City College as well as from California State University, Los Angeles and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

  • 100% ownership of your intellectual property
  • Dedicated company work space
  • Shared-use laboratory facilities and equipment
  • High speed internet access and basic office equipment
  • Collaboration with other PBCI tenant companies
  • Access to scientific, technical, legal, financial and business advisors
  • Availability of training resources and lab technicians
  • Introductions to local bioscience associations and investors
  • Access to discounted supplies and services through membership in the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio)

The PBC welcomes emerging companies that need an affordable, collaborative and supportive environment to consider our Incubator as a place to start making your dreams a reality. We invite you to contact us directly at contact@pasadenabiosci.org or (626) 507-8487, so that we can more fully describe the benefits of locating your venture at the PBCI and arrange a site visit to our facility.

Make your dream a reality with the help of PBC’s wetlab Incubator