The mission of the Life Lab is to provide Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, interested in biotech, pharma, and other life sciences-related fields with a fully equipped wet lab environment and resources they need to take their ventures to the next stage of development. Our curated community will foster connections among industry, investor, government, and academia stakeholders. The Life Lab will be an active contributor to the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem and the burgeoning Allston Innovation District.

About the Life Lab

Life Science Resources

The Life Lab provides lab benches, co-working desks, and a private lab suite for life science ventures to help them move their ideas further, faster.



The Life Lab is a flexible and shared lab and workspace facility that includes:

  • 36 equipped lab benches and 50 co-working spaces.

  • The potential for a private lab suite for a venture of up to six scientists.

  • Kitchen and common space, as well as access to the Harvard i-lab.

  • The facility is bio-safety lab level 1 (BL1) with dedicated bio-safety lab level 2 (BL2) rooms.

  • The space is supported by fume hood alcoves, tissue culture rooms, refrigeration, a microscopy room, and associated operational infrastructure provided by LabCentral.

  • The arrangement and disposition of the elements across the 15,000 gross square feet is intended to provide flexibility and a diverse array of spaces and, importantly, to promote community connections.

Facts and Figures

  • Members will retain intellectual property (IP) independently developed at the Harvard Life Lab.

    15,000 square feet of co-working space; 36 benches/50 co-working spaces, conference rooms, kitchen.

    Accepting life sciences ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, alumni, students, and postdoctoral scholars.

    Gain access to Harvard Innovation Labs’ programming and network of faculty, mentors, advisors, and investors.

    Short term, month to month occupancy agreements at below market rates offers maximum flexibility.

  • The Life Lab provides lab equipment typically used in life sciences research, including:

    • BSL-1 and BSL-2 facilities
    • Chemical and cell-culture hoods
    • Centrifuges, vortices, shakers
    • Refrigerators, freezers, storage facilities
    • Flow cytometry, PCR, plate readers, imaging station
    • Additional functional support such as autoclave, glasswashers,ice machines, deionized water, vacuum, and gas supply

  • Services Offered

    • Permits for all lab operations
    • Cleaning and waste removal
    • EHS training and compliance for all lab users
    • Maintenance of equipment and technical support
    • Group purchasing is provided, as well as other programs in which pooled access reduces costs.

  • Cost

    The fully equipped lab and office area features 36 individual benches and 50 co-working spaces, each significantly below market cost on a per month basis. Each co-working desk space membership is $200 per month. Benches are $2,500 per month, which includes one co-working desk membership. The private lab suite for a resident venture of up to 6 individuals is $15,000-$18,000 per month.

Selection Criteria

The Life Lab is a highly curated community of life sciences ventures.
We’ll be selecting teams to join us based on the criteria below.

Who is eligible

  • High-potential ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, alumni, students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply.

  • Harvard founder must be located on-site.

Venture Fit

  • Ventures must appreciate an open co-working space and want to participate in the culture and community.

  • Faculty and alumni ventures should have institutional funding (Commercialization Grants, Angel or VC funding).

  • Ventures must agree to participate in educational programming for Harvard students as part of their occupancy agreement.

  • Qualified student ventures in the i-lab’s Venture Incubation Program will have sponsored access.

Future Fit

  • Ventures should appreciate the flexibility of month-to-month occupancy agreements.

  • Anticipated residency period of 6-18 months.

Partners & Supporters

The Life Lab is operated as part of the Harvard Innovation Labs. Specific direction and guidance is provided by the i-lab Advisory Board, which includes Provost Alan Garber, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, University Deans and Faculty. LabCentral is the operating partner of the Harvard Life Lab.