Harvard has been focusing on expanding its Allston campus and the school just got the final green light from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to open its latest addition. Next fall, the university will be able to open the Harvard Life Lab, which will foster biotech- and life science-focused startups founded by members of the Crimson community.
Much like the school’s preexisting iLab and Launch Lab, the upcoming Life Lab will serve as yet another resource for students, faculty, postdocs and alumni to innovate. The 15,000-square-foot space will include not only office areas from which startups can get business done, but also a fully stocked (and permitted) laboratory to accommodate the science-heavy scopes of the forthcoming ventures that will be working there.
“We are very excited to have received the approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority to begin construction on the Harvard Life Lab,” Jodi Goldstein, director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, said in a statement. “This project is a pivotal step in making Allston one of the most robust startup communities in the region.”
“The Harvard Life Lab gives Harvard students and other members of the University an opportunity to participate in biotech and other life sciences ventures as part of the expanding Allston campus that already houses the i-lab and the alumni-focused Harvard Launch Lab,” She continued. “It will provide an experiential, educational environment in which students and faculty can put classroom ideas directly into practice. We are looking forward to being able to provide a home for Harvard life-sciences startups when the Life Lab opens its doors this fall.”
With the Harvard Life Lab, the school will be able to support ventures dedicated to fields like pharmaceuticals, medtech and biotech, further developing its already lively startup ecosystem on campus. Not to mention, it will be contributing to Goldstein’s vision of an Allston Innovation District.
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