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LifeX Labs is a purpose-built space for collaboration, creating a culture of excellence and resilience, mentoring, expanding networks and company building.

 
 
 

Exceptional start-up companies are invited to move their operations to our foundry in Pittsburgh. Here, companies realize their vision, hone their skills and gather momentum to bring their products to the marketplace.


The labs are where pioneering science meets commercial expertise. It's where we nurture the next generation of biotechnology companies.  


In the LifeX Labs, companies do not only benefit from funding and state-of-the-art facilities, they’re also mentored by our “active management group” which are an experienced team of scientific entrepreneurs.


There’s a carefully curated program of support, assisting with everything needed to build a significant company including company formation, recruiting, financing, operations, commercial operations, partnering, exit and more.

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 PITT SBURGH WAS SELECTED AS THE LOCATION OF OUR FOUNDRY DUE TO ITS STATUS AS A TOP 3 LIFE SCIENCES AND COMPUTE INNOVATION HUB GLOBALLY   WE SELECTED PITTSBURGH AFTER DOING AN ANALYSIS OF THE NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY SPACE WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE BROOKING INSTITUTION VALIDATED THIS PERSPECTIVE AND CATALYZED THE REGION INTO ACTION

PITTSBURGH WAS SELECTED AS THE LOCATION OF OUR FOUNDRY DUE TO ITS STATUS AS A TOP 3 LIFE SCIENCES AND COMPUTE INNOVATION HUB GLOBALLY

WE SELECTED PITTSBURGH AFTER DOING AN ANALYSIS OF THE NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY SPACE WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE BROOKING INSTITUTION VALIDATED THIS PERSPECTIVE AND CATALYZED THE REGION INTO ACTION


EVALUATION PROCESS

 

Every start-up considered for the LifeX Labs goes through a thorough evaluation process. We look at proof-of-concept data and ensure the resulting product fulfills a significant unmet health need.

 

We're looking for groundbreaking ideas that have the potential to meet a global unmet health need.
 

Our key areas of focus include:

 

 
 
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LifeX completely changed the trajectory of my company, Peptilogics. Dr. Stephan applied the full spectrum of his experiences and network and we have now closed our Series A with one of the world’s most successful and well-known investors - Peter Thiel. Dr. Stephan has become a trusted mentor and has demonstrated time and again that he’ll do what it takes to help make Peptilogics successful.
— Jonathan Steckbeck, PhD - Founder, Peptilogics
 
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CASE STUDY

PEPTILOGICS

 

To manage our large portfolio effectively, we lead, or co-lead, investments. It means we can drive the terms, and avoid diluting our resources across the portfolio.


A good example of this is Peptilogics; LifeX’s CEO, Dr Dietrich Stephan identified the early-stage biotechnology company as an excellent solution to the large and growing antibiotic resistant superbug pandemic.


Stephan then joined the company as Chairman of the Board and put the team and financing in place. This unlocked a syndicate of top-tier investors, as well as attracting a truly world class management team. The company has now been granted QIDP status by FDA, is in human clinical trials, and is recognized a novel solution to an emerging global problem. 


Peptilogics is indicative of the thinking, commitment and support that an innovator can expect from LifeX, both in terms of drive and science-based business acumen.

 
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