Last year we reported on the growing interest in developing biotech coworking labs. The effort we reported on has come to fruition. bioCurious, a 2400 square foot coworking lab, is now open for business in Silicon Valley.
According to their blog, at bioCurious you can: "Make genetically-engineered bacteria, sequence DNA, find the tools to get your bio-project growing, or make friends with amateurs and experts in the community."
Membership includes "access to gel electrophoresis, real time PCR, incubators, fridges, freezers" and they are "adding new equipment all the time."
My first reaction - What could possibly go wrong giving people the ability to make their own genetically-engineered bacteria? - was the result of watching too many disaster movies.
Once past this initial reaction, it's easy to see that shared labs make a lot of sense.
Last week we discussed the growth of coworking and the growing number of coworking facilities that aren't office-based. Coworking's concepts - shared space, targeted at independent and mobile workers, an emphasis on community and networking - are rapidly spreading beyond offices.
bioCurious is an example of this trend.