Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab Facilities

The Life Lab is a flexible and shared lab and workspace facility

Expansive Lab Resources

36 equipped lab benches and 50 coworking 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.

Expansive Lab Resources

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

Expansive Lab Resources

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

Facts and Figures

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

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

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

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

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

Overview:

The Life Lab is a two-story, 15,000-square-foot facility. The first floor consists of 50 coworking spaces, a fully stocked kitchen, office supply center, conference rooms, lockers, filing cabinets, and wifi.  The second floor offers 36 lab benches comprised of a private suite and coworking 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.

The Life Lab is operated in partnership with LabCentral.

Cost and Membership:

The cost of benches, coworking desks, and the private lab suite are below market value. The coworking lab benches are $2,300/month.  The cost of the private lab suite for a resident venture of up to six individuals is $15,000-$18,000/month. The lab also features dedicated scientist write-up stations for $250/month. Each life lab membership per resident is $200/month.

All Life Lab members will have full access to and immersion in the resources of the adjacent Harvard i-lab. This includes 20 conference rooms,  prototyping studio, and venture-focused programming such as workshops, entrepreneurs-in-residence and advisors. Additionally, the Life Lab features industry-specific programming developed for life-sciences startups, access to Harvard library resources, and LabCentral events.

Lab Bench Information:

The Life Lab has a total of 36 lab benches – 30 benches  in the coworking lab and 6 benches in the private suite.

Each bench is equipped with pipette, vortex, shared refrigerated units, vacuum and compressed air lines.

Instrumentation/Equipment:

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab provides shared lab equipment suitable for research activities in the life sciences including but not limited to:

  • Glassware prep: autoclave, glass washer
  • Type I and Type II purified water, vacuum, gas supplies, ice machine
  • Cold storage: refrigerators, -20 freezers, -80 freezer, cryo storage
  • Basic sample prep equipment: Chemical fume hoods, balances, pH meters, centrifuges, vortexes, shakers, micropipettors, electrophoresis tanks
  • Standard sample analysis tools: Plate readers, PCRs, imaging stations, spectrophotometers
  • Fully equipped BSL-2 labs for tissue culture, virology and microbiology
  • Specialized equipment: qPCRs, Flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy

Members are able to reserve equipment through an online reservation tool. 

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.