Brock BioLinc is poised to bring exciting new opportunities for collaboration between southern Ontario’s research and business communities.
Brock BioLinc is located in the new $111.4-million Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex on the University’s main campus. BioLinc occupies approximately 5,000 square feet in the Cairns Complex and has the capacity to nurture multiple companies, projects and researchers at one time. Start-up companies and entrepreneurs in the health and bioscience sectors are targeted for residency in spring 2013.
BioLinc’s location in the Cairns Complex is a strategic decision designed to promote, create and support collaboration among the tenants and some of Canada’s leading bioscience thought leaders. Collaborative teams of Brock’s faculty, researchers, staff, students and alumni, plus representatives from private industry are available to support and work with tenants to accelerate the launch of their new technology-focused ventures. The collaborative nature of BioLinc is thus expected to play a key role in establishing stronger linkages in Niagara among research, discovery, commercialization, technology transfer and market development that allow entrepreneurs access to the resources necessary to innovate and commercialize their ideas.
As companies develop and graduate from the BioLinc to take up residence in Niagara Region and beyond, new spaces become available for the next round of tenants, ensuring continuous growth in the Niagara Region’s bioscience sector.
In addition to the physical incubation space provided by Brock BioLinc, Innovate Niagara provides web-based incubation services and support. While the physical incubator will be geared primarily towards start-up entrepreneurs focusing on biosciences, Innovate Niagara’s virtual component will take a much wider approach, assisting entrepreneurs and individuals from other emerging sectors such as advanced manufacturing processes, agri-food, advanced energy, or life sciences, and at different stages of idea or business maturity, including established enterprises. This open innovation portal will be a first for the Niagara region, with plans for a launch in spring 2013.