The Proven Sandbox Success Path
Startup Sandbox is a research lab and business incubator in the UC Santa Cruz bioscience ecosystem. The Sandbox model is a proven formula for the development, launch and commercialization of new biotech companies.
Entrepreneurs can license existing IP from the University's bioscience Areas of Excellence or bring their own product ideas to the Sandbox. It provides space and equipment as needed at affordable rates as well as mentoring and support by seasoned executives who have built successful tech and biotech companies. And when those startups are ready, they launch independent operations in Santa Cruz, providing jobs, tax revenues and healthy growth for the Monterey Bay economy.
Accelerating the Path from Concept to Commercialization
The goal of Startup Sandbox is to transform its entrepreneurs’ ideas and dreams into real-world products that bring breakthrough therapeutics to market for everyone's benefit. When Sandbox companies succeed, so does the University, its bioscience departments, Santa Cruz County — and for scientific breakthroughs, the rest of humankind.
Early Sandbox Success Stories
As a commercial incubator and launchpad for USCS research and intellectual property, Startup Sandbox has generated early, impressive results. Since opening its doors in 2018, the Sandbox has graduated several companies into independent, commercial operations.