Cork-based ‘BioAccelerator’ IndieBio has renamed itself RebelBio as it carves a niche in inspiring innovators in ‘rebellious biotechnology’.

The name change follows a move from the initiative operating within the small niche of synthetic biology (synbio) to a broader scope in the open-ended space of life sciences and technology.

RebelBio will be devoted to funding and building startups dedicated toward solving humanity’s most challenging problems: Food, Energy, Rare Products, Advanced Biomedicine, and accelerating the solutions that emerge. It will work in tandem with its sister programmes including hardware accelerator Hax, and food innovation accelerator Food-X and IndieBio, to engage with biotech start-ups from developed and emerging countries, with the aim to get founders funded faster.

Bill Liao, co-founder of IndieBio and partner at SOSV said of RebelBio: “It is time to cast off the shackles that are holding back many tangible benefits of [technology] enabled through biology from our daily lives.”

The IndieBio EU accelerator – and its American sister programme IndieBio in San Francisco – was founded in Cork in 2014 as the world’s first life sciences commercial accelerator programme, and has been heralded as a success.

It forms the basis of a growing biotech knowledge hub in Cork City. Key partners in the programme include University College Cork, a prestigious National University of Ireland specialising in microbiology, microbiomics and molecular biology. Its RebelBio Lab, a fully-equipped BSL-2 lab, includes all necessary pieces of lab equipment needed for routine microbiology and chemistry, with access to more advanced equipment in UCC and the prestigious Tyndall Institute, a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. RebelBio also hosts a co-working space for teams in the new Forma Labs bio-makerspace in Cork City. Retention of these entrepreneurs in Cork has been a key factor, and the programme assists graduates in locating affordable, well-equipped lab space in one of Cork’s many biotechnology parks.

Starting in April 2017, in addition to the existing three-month lab accelerator programme offered under IndieBio EU, scientists, biohackers and bio entrepreneurs applying to the RebelBio Summer Programme will get access to a one-month business pre-accelerator course to better prepare them for life as an entrepreneur, plus mentorship and up to $75,000 cash.

Via Silicon Republic