UTMB Life Science Incubator Celebrates Grand Opening with Open House

The University of Texas Medical Branch Life Science Incubator celebrated its grand opening with a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House event. This milestone marks the establishment of a cutting-edge incubator designed to support early-stage life science companies and entrepreneurs while fostering innovation and academic-industry collaboration in the field.

“The Life Science Incubator represents a new era of innovation and entrepreneurship for our community and beyond,” says Dr. Jochen Reiser, president of UTMB Health and CEO of the Health System. “This facility will empower researchers and entrepreneurs to collaborate in a unique ecosystem, bringing advances in life sciences closer to practice. The impact of this incubator will resonate far beyond our immediate community, ultimately benefitting society at large.”

In a strategic collaboration with the Galveston Economic Development Partnership, UTMB has redeveloped the Customs House Incubator, leveraging a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and $500,000 in matching funds from the university. This collaborative effort aims to enhance the local and regional economies, create new jobs, and further develop the emerging technology ecosystem in Galveston and Galveston County.

“It is an exciting time for scientists and entrepreneurs to come together and unlock the potential for groundbreaking solutions that can reshape the landscape of life sciences,” says Dr. Randall Urban, vice president for research and chief research officer at UTMB.

The UTMB Life Science Incubator encompasses 4,000 square feet of lab space and an additional 3,000 square feet dedicated to office, support, and educational facilities. This state-of-the-art incubator plays a pivotal role in translating research into commercial ventures.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, UTMB co-hosted the Ribbon-Cutting event on Nov. 8, 2023, with the Galveston Economic Development to unveil the incubator. Guests had the opportunity to explore the innovative infrastructure through a guided tour, and gained insights into the research that will take place within these walls.