The Proven Sandbox Success Formula

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.

Speeding 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.

Selected 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.

Switchback Systems

Switchback Systems

Using cellular structure as a data storage medium

Pinpoint Science

Pinpoint Science

Nanosensors for 30-Second Handheld COVID Detection

Prime Genomics

Prime Genomics

Breakthrough approach for cancer screening

ClaretBio

ClaretBio

Tools for understanding cancer-degraded DNA

Cruz Foam

Cruz Foam

Biodegradable foam that ends plastic pollution

Aeroasis

Aeroasis

Smart garden for growing food and plants indoors

Unnatural Products

Unnatural Products

Creator of advanced drug discovery technology

Dimensional Bioceramics

Dimensional Bioceramics

Maker of bone-graft substitutes and implants

UpRNA

UpRNA

siRNA Synthesis

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