As a researcher in emerging technologies, one of the biggest challenges in building a company is identifying the market viability of your research. District 3’s Biohub program provides you with the necessary tools and frameworks for finding research-market fit.
Where research meets market demand
An 8-week program for early-stage scientific entrepreneurs who are completing or have completed a masters, PhD, or Postdoc in STEM fields and want to find research-market fit. Founders will gain the knowledge, skills, and network to build a viable business with the potential for global impact in the biotech fields.
Weekly workshops & networking events with renowned experts
15 hours per week time commitment
Eligibility to access our state-of-the-art wetlab
When starting a company, there are a lot of unknowns and I had to learn things I didn’t know as a scientist. The training provided me with the skills and knowledge to fill in the gaps I was missing to build a successful business."
Margaret Magdesian, Ph.D., Co-founder of Ananda Devices
What You Gain
Complete an Industry Gap Analysis
Customer interviews and identification of market needs.
Develop a Prototype and Test Your Solution
Learn the fundamentals of prototyping, assessing the technical feasibility of your solutions, and how to test it in the market.
Build Your Startup Roadmap
Develop a detailed roadmap to help you recruit a strong team and raise funds for your startup.
Our Biohub District
The first of its kind in Canada, the BioHub provides state-of-the-art dry and wet laboratories to help you develop successful products based on scientific discoveries and ideas.
Interdisciplinary Expert Network
Our Coaches & Mentors
The Biohub is reserved for District 3 startups who are focusing on expanding their research and developing prototypes.
The Biohub includes the following equipment and instrumentation, and it is available to use to District 3 startups who meet requirements:
- Cell Culture & Molecular Biology: Microbiology and CO2 Incubators, Biological Safety Cabinet, Thermal Cycler, refrigerated, non-refrigerated and high-speed centrifuges, refrigerated and incubated shakers.
- Analytics: Imaging System, quantitative PCR, spectrometer, and nanodrop/microvolume spectrometer
- Chemistry: HPLC, analytical and top-loading balances
- Cold Storage: -30 and -80 freezers, and refrigerators
- Subsidized access to Concordia’s Genome Foundry
The Biohub is located on the first floor of the Applied Sciences Hub, a building that is in the process of receiving a LEED Gold certification. This means that all users will soon be proud to work on a sustainable and green-certified building! .
Our lab is free to use for any of District 3’s life sciences startups. We don’t charge you for the equipment, we don’t take equity and your intellectual property remains your own.
You will need to get training provided by Concordia University Environmental Health & Safety.
The Biolab is reserved for researchers who are completing District 3’s programs.
Apply to join the Quebec Science Entrepreneurship Program (QCSE)