Coworking is expanding into a range of industries, including life science, biotech and other science-focused sectors. To meet the needs of these users, a growing number of lab-focused coworking spaces are opening their doors.
As a result, scientists can now reap the rewards of coworking, thanks to advancing digitization and other technical innovations that allow them to work from anywhere with an internet connection. However, you can’t always digitally replicate a working laboratory and, as such, coworking spaces with labs are increasingly in demand.
As more coworking spaces with labs open for business, here are 15 examples of these unique spaces in the U.S.:
Bonneville Labs provides life-science innovators with access to a flexible workspace, lab equipment, operational support and business services. Based in Berkeley, CA, this space manages its laboratories and services so that its members can focus on their scientific pursuits.
Located between New York City and Boston, BioCT provides commercial-grade labs, offices, coworking and events spaces to scaling scientific businesses, primarily working in the life science and pharma sectors. In addition, it also provides wet and dry laboratory suites, giving members 24/7 lab access and discounted rates on a range of supplies, services and equipment.
With multiple spaces across the U.S., BioLabs provides coworking spaces for life-science entrepreneurs and startups. Depending on the location of the space they use, members can get access to a fully equipped lab space, business support and other shared resources.
Branchfood is a Boston-based coworking space that unites food entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and other professionals. It houses and connects a vast community of food innovators through its coworking space, mentorship opportunities and other events.
Established in 1999, CIC provides its members with state-of-the-art, shared laboratory space, as well as access to an extensive community of entrepreneurs. As of 2018, more than 5,000 companies had worked with CIC. Available in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Miami, it provides biological and chemical lab space, including access to scientific equipment, shared workspaces, conference rooms and events spaces.
The Discovery Labs provides 1.6 million square feet of coworking and lab space to a range of businesses, including those working in the biotech sector. This large-scale development provides an extensive, $1 billion infrastructure to life science, healthcare and tech-focused businesses, which includes more than 1 million square feet of turnkey, state-of-the-art lab space.
Based in Boston, this coworking space specializes in food and food tech startups. It provides a mentor network to give fledgling businesses the boost they may need, including investment opportunities and access to a spacious kitchen.
Greentown Labs is a cleantech incubator, providing members with access to its wet lab facilities and sponsorship opportunities. Coworking and event spaces are also available, and Greentown Labs has supported more than 200 startups since its inception.
Based in Manhattan, Harlem Biospace is a biotech incubator that provides its members with turnkey access to a shared wet lab space, a shared workspace, mentorship, events and 24/7 access to its community of biotech entrepreneurs.
Based in North Cambridge, MA, LabCentral is a launch pad for life-science startups, providing members with access to lab space, waste handling and permits, as well as the necessary laboratory equipment required for biological research.
Based in New Jersey’s academic community, Princeton BioLabs supports biotechnology startups. It provides its members with coworking space, lab space, and access to a range of industry partners and investors.
Based in Boston, SmartLabs provides biotech research scientists with pharma-grade facilities in a turnkey lab environment to expedite the scientific discovery process. Additionally, SmartLabs partners with investors, scientists, founders and other institutions, with 28% of its startups achieving an initial public offering (IPO).
TechPlace is a tech accelerator in Brunswick, ME, providing startups with a shared workspace and bioproduction lab. It supports a range of tech sectors, including the advanced materials, composites, aviation and aerospace, biotech, medical, and renewable energy industries.
This tech incubator and accelerator provides its members with access to shared workspaces and a fully provisioned lab space. There are also plenty of tech events, networking opportunities and job fairs.
WeWork’s Food Labs initiative is dedicated to startups focused on creating sustainable food solutions. Members get access to a dedicated labs manager, weekly workshops and events, and pitch competitions, just to name a fews. WeWork Food Labs are currently located in New York City, San Francisco, Austin and Seattle.