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INVEST IN YOUR IDEA,
NOT IN LAB EQUIPMENT

StartLab offers state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and equipment – everything that new resident companies need to get up and running right from day one. This capital-efficient model takes the time and investment involved in laboratory space and management out of the equation, removing some of the common obstacles to starting up a life sciences venture.

And we’ve even gone the extra mile: in addition to its network of entrepreneurial support, StartLab provides a comprehensive service offering. We provide young biotech start-ups with the best launchpad from which to fly solo. One key feature is our adaptable ‘pay as you play’ model: your access to StartLab is for renewable periods of three months, up to a maximum of three years of incubation. This flexibility helps you adjust your spending quarter by quarter as your needs evolve. Moreover, Biopôle recognises how precious your ownership capital is for your future prosperity, so we don’t take any equity from StartLab members.

 

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THE BEST START FOR LIFE SCIENCES ENTREPRENEURS

44
INDIVIDUAL BENCHES
as well as hotdesking spaces
5
SHARED SPECIALISED LABS
cell culture, centrifuge, PCR, chemistry and P2 microbiology
30
INDIVIDUAL DESKS
with access to shared common facilities
11
EMERGING START-UPS
currently hosted

FULLY EQUIPPED
LABORATORY

At StartLab you’ll find a fully equipped shared lab space. Each of our 44 individual benches measures 130 cm x 75 cm. The space is tailored to companies operating in wet-lab biology and chemistry environments for drug discovery, diagnostics, synthetic biology, medtech and other areas of the life sciences. Depending on your needs, you can rent one or more benches at a time, with access to the full suite of laboratory equipment and specialised facilities:

  • individual named lab benches as well as hotdesking spaces for when you’re between experiments
  • shared specialised labs: cell culture, centrifuge, PCR, chemistry and P2 microbiology
  • shared general service rooms (autoclave/washing, machinery and cold room)
  • facility management

The lab is fully licensed and managed by a dedicated on-site manager who takes care of everything from equipment maintenance and obtaining the relevant permits to safety procedures, waste management and training newcomers in how to use the equipment. The lab manager will also assist you with any technical issues.

Individual bench rental: from CHF 1,800/month

SHARED OFFICE SPACE

Join a community of like-minded companies, entrepreneurs and accomplished professionals. The fully furnished co-working space houses 30 individual desks measuring 160 cm x 80 cm, with access to:

  • a shared kitchen and lounge
  • shared meeting rooms and event spaces for up to 35 people
  • phone booths
  • personal and company lockers
  • cloakroom and showers

Individual desk rental: 500 CHF/month

FRONT OFFICE
MANAGEMENT

You have a business to run and we want to let you do just that. Come in and focus on what’s really important for your growth while we take care of the rest. We offer a suite of administrative services on a pay-per-use basis. This includes:

  • secretarial and administrative support
  • fibre-optic internet and remote server access
  • a grouped purchasing system for both office and laboratory consumables (invoices are to be paid individually)
  • washing services and waste management for the laboratory area
  • a cleaning service
  • a stock of common glassware and standard chemistry lab products
  • free WiFi

EXTENDED RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE

In collaboration with the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL), both of which are present on campus, Biopôle offers StartLab residents the opportunity to take advantage of existing research infrastructure and offers priority access to the various life sciences platforms on campus and beyond. The list of currently available platforms is updated regularly.

 

List of academic platforms

OUR RESIDENT MEMBERS

BECOME A MEMBER OF STARTLAB

Take the first step to turn your vision into reality. To start your journey, download the application form.

 

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