Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the cost?

    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.

  • What instrumentation/equipment is available?

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

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

    A more detailed list of equipment is available here.

  • How many lab benches and coworking spaces are available?

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

  • Are scientists allowed to share a bench?

    Each lab bench may be use by only one team member who is a scientist unless advance approval is granted.

  • Can coworking space be rented without a lab bench?

    All members of a venture have access to the coworking space contingent on the rental of at least one lab bench.

  • What comes standard with a Life Lab membership?

    A Life Lab membership provides members with a range of benefits and support:

    Life Lab offerings:

    • Permits for all lab operations
    • Cleaning and waste removal
    • EH&S training and compliance for all lab users
    • Maintenance of equipment and technical support
    • Group purchasing
    • 50 coworking spaces
    • Fully stocked kitchen
    • Office supply center
    • Conference rooms
    • Lockers, filing cabinets, and wifi

     

    Innovation Labs Member benefits:

    All Life Lab members will have full access to and immersion in the resources of the adjacent Harvard i-lab. This includes The Life Lab features industry-specific programming developed for life-sciences startups, access to Harvard library resources, robust community of entrepreneurs-in-residence, advisors, and LabCentral events.

     

     

     

  • What are the criteria for acceptance?

    High-potential ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, alumni, students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply. Harvard founder or Harvard team lead must be located on-site.

    Faculty and alumni ventures should have institutional funding (commercialization grants, angel or VC funding).

    Teams must demonstrate that their enterprise supports the Harvard community and that they are willing to contribute to the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.

  • What is the process for becoming a Life Lab member?

    To assess fit for Life Lab occupancy, interested teams should fill out an application. Those who meet the initial criteria for membership — based on fit with the overall mission of the Harvard Innovation Labs, Harvard affiliation, funding levels, and future potential growth — will be notified about next steps by the Life Lab advisory committee. The advisory committee will meet June, October, and February each calendar year.

  • How long can a venture reside at the Life Lab?

    It is anticipated that most ventures will be at the Life Lab for a residency period of 6-18 months.

    Companies will be informally assessed by members of the advisory committee after six months. They will also have a full review after one year to ensure continued compatibility with the Life Lab’s mission and curatorial standards.

  • Who is the Life Lab's operating partner?

    The Life Lab is operated in partnership with LabCentral.

  • Who handles waste management and permitting?

    In partnership with Harvard Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), LabCentral will provide support and oversight of safety protocol and waste management.

    The Life Lab secures all necessary permitting for all lab operations.

  • What are the safety protocols?

    All members of the Life Lab community must go through General Awareness Training and Emergency Action Plan Training. Scientists working in any lab must also attend Chemical Hygiene Plan Training. Any scientists working with Biological (BL2) materials must attend additional Biosafety & Bloodborne Pathogens Training. Additional trainings will be offered periodically.

  • Who is on the Harvard Innovation Labs advisory board?

    The Life Lab is operated as part of the Harvard Innovation Labs. Specific direction and guidance is provided by the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Deans’ Advisory Board, which includes provost Alan Garber, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, and the University Deans and faculty.