Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab FAQs

  • How much does it cost?

    Our rates for co-working space, lab benches, and our private lab suite are all below market.

    The base membership fee per resident is $200 per month.

    Individual lab benches are $2,600 per month.

    The private lab suite (for a resident venture of up to six individuals) is $18,000-$20,000 per month.

  • What instrumentation and equipment is available?

    The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab provides shared lab equipment suitable for research activities in the life sciences including but not limited to:

    • Glassware prep: autoclave, glass washer
    • Type I and Type II purified water, vacuum, gas supplies, ice machine
    • Cold storage: refrigerators, -20 freezers, -80 freezer, cryo storage
    • Basic sample prep equipment: Chemical fume hoods, balances, pH meters, centrifuges, vortexes, shakers, micropipettors, electrophoresis tanks
    • Standard sample analysis tools: Plate readers, PCRs, imaging stations, spectrophotometers
    • Fully equipped BSL-2 labs for tissue culture, virology, and microbiology
    • Specialized equipment: qPCRs, Flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy
    • Lab bench: Each bench is equipped with pipette, vortex, shared refrigerated units, vacuum, and compressed air lines.

    Members are able to reserve equipment through an online reservation too.

    For more information about available equipment see our detailed list.

  • How many lab benches are available?

    The Life Lab has a total of 36 lab benches:

    • 30 benches in the coworking lab.
    • 6 benches in the private suite.
  • Are scientists allowed to share a bench?

    Generally, no. Each lab bench may be used by only one team member who is a scientist unless advance approval is granted.

  • Can coworking space be rented without a lab bench?

    As long as a venture rents of at least one lab bench, all members of that venture have access to the coworking space.

  • What benefits and support come with a Life Lab membership?

    A Life Lab membership provides members with a range of benefits and support:

    Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab benefits:

    • Permits for all lab operations.
    • Cleaning and waste removal.
    • EH&S training and compliance for all lab users.
    • Maintenance of equipment and technical support.
    • Group purchasing.
    • 50 coworking spaces.
    • Fully stocked kitchen.
    • Office supply center.
    • Conference rooms.
    • Lockers, filing cabinets, and wifi.

    Harvard Innovation Labs member benefits:

    All Life Lab members will have full access to and immersion in the resources of the adjacent Harvard i-lab. This includes:

    • Curated programming.
    • A robust community of like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators.
    • Industry-specific advising and mentorship.
    • i-lab and Life Lab special events.
  • What are the criteria for acceptance?

    High-potential ventures founded and led by Harvard faculty, alumni, students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply. Harvard founder or Harvard team lead must be located on-site.

    Faculty and alumni ventures should have institutional funding (commercialization grants, angel or VC funding).

    Teams must demonstrate that their enterprise supports the Harvard community and that they are willing to contribute to the Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem.

  • What is the process for becoming a Life Lab member?

    To assess fit for Life Lab occupancy, interested teams should fill out an application.

    Those who meet the initial criteria for membership — based on fit with the overall mission of the Harvard Innovation Labs, Harvard affiliation, funding levels, and future potential growth — will be notified about next steps by the Life Lab advisory committee. The advisory committee meets every June, October, and February of the calendar year.

  • How long can a venture reside at the Life Lab?

    It is anticipated that most ventures will be at the Life Lab for a residency period of 6-24 months.

    Companies will be informally assessed by members of the advisory committee after six months. They will also have a full review after one year to ensure continued compatibility with the Life Lab’s mission and curatorial standards.

  • Who is the Life Lab's operating partner?

    The Life Lab is operated in partnership with LabCentral.

  • Who handles waste management and permitting?

    LabCentral provides support and oversight of safety protocols and waste management in partnership with Harvard Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).

    The Life Lab secures all necessary permitting for all lab operations.

  • What are the safety protocols?

    All members of the Life Lab community must go through General Awareness Training and Emergency Action Plan Training.

    Scientists working in any lab must also attend Chemical Hygiene Plan Training.

    Any scientists working with Biological (BL2) materials must attend additional Biosafety & Bloodborne Pathogens Training.

    Additional trainings will be offered periodically.

  • Who is on the Harvard Innovation Labs advisory board?

    The Life Lab operates as part of the Harvard Innovation Labs. Specific direction and guidance is provided by the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Deans’ Advisory Board, which includes provost Alan Garber, Executive Vice President Katie Lapp, and the University deans and faculty.