SFBI CEO Marie Longserre
SANTA FE – The official grand opening ceremony for a new BioScience Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI) takes place 9:45-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15 at 3900 del Sol.
Program remarks will be followed by tours of the facility.
- The Honorable Tom Udall, U.S. Senator;
- The Honorable Ben Ray Lujan, U.S. Congressman;
- The Honorable Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe;
- Mr. Pedro Garza, EDA Regional Director U.S. Department of Commerce ; and
- Mr. Jasper Welch, President of the National Business Incubation Association.
The BioScience Laboratory, housed in the existing SFBI facility, provides shared state-of-the-art equipment sought after by startup bioscience companies.
“The shared BioScience Lab lowers the risk for early stage life science companies by reducing startup costs,” CEO Marie Longserre said. It also enhances the mission of the Incubator by adding a focus on the growing life science sector.”
Tuesday’s opening ceremonies are the culmination of construction begun in late 2012 when SFBI was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. With the help of additional monies from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the City of Santa Fe, the project moved forward.
In addition to client companies, the BioScience Lab will serve scientists from the technology community and entrepreneurs across northern New Mexico.
The Santa Fe Business Incubator, http://www.sfbi.net, houses and supports a wide variety of innovative startups, from lifestyle and service businesses to technology companies, producing high-impact economic returns for the community and state. Since 1997, SFBI has helped create and grow more than 140 businesses. Many of those businesses have gone on to create more than 1,000 direct new jobs, the majority of which are high-paying jobs.