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YC Bio Providing Lab Space for Biotech Startups Working on Aging

Earlier this year, the Y Combinator (YC) community showed interest in supporting biotechnology focused on healthspan and age-related disease. The YC community is an influential part of the Bay Area technology-focused industry in California. It was great to hear that it was planning to support biotech startups working on aging through its YC Bio program.

The first area we’re going to focus on is healthspan and age-related diseaseβ€”we think there’s an enormous opportunity to help people live healthier for longer, and that it could be one of the best ways to address our healthcare crisis.

YC Bio launches in June with lab space for biotech startups

The YC Bio program has started to move forward with an announcement that from June, the bio companies will all have access space at Bonneville Labs.

The state-of-the-art facilities at Bonneville are kitted out with all the equipment to conduct chemistry as well as molecular and microbiological work, including tissue culture and biosafety level 2 capabilities. The lab space also includes operational support facilities and is essentially everything a fledgling biotech company needs to get started.

Companies accepted into the YC Bio program get $500K-$1M in funding for 10-20% equity and lab access for 12 months.

YC is also working with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, one of the top aging research institutes in the world, to further support these young companies.


It certainly is a sign of a dramatic shift when mainstream groups like YC announce their support publicly. The idea that aging itself is something that can and should be targeted with therapies to prevent and reverse age-related diseases has really started to gain serious traction in the last year or so. YC joins Longevity Fund, Kizoo Technology Ventures, Methuselah Fund, Apollo Ventures, Juvenescence Limited, and a growing number of others supporting the development of rejuvenation biotechnology to end age-related diseases.

About the author

Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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