MEDIA ADVISORY: QB3 and City Celebrate Launch of New Bioscience Incubator

QB3@953 Opens with 24 New Companies Near UCSF Mission Bay Campus

October 30, 2013

WHAT: The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) will hold a news conference and media tours to launch the institute’s new bioscience incubator, near the UC San Francisco campus at Mission Bay. The new incubator will open with 24 companies already on board and space for up to 30 fledgling companies at its peak.

Media are invited to join QB3, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and executives from venture capital and industry for a reception and tours of the new facility. Interviews can be arranged with speakers and entrepreneurs.'

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 30, 2013
         4:00 p.m.    Reception and Tours of facility
         5:15-5:18    Regis Kelly, PhD, QB3 Director
         5:18-5:26    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
         5:26-5:28    Alice Rodriguez, JP Morgan Chase
         5:28-5:33    Brook Byers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
         5:33-5:35    Jonathan Murray, GE Healthcare

WHERE: QB3@953 Incubator
953 Indiana Street
San Francisco

WHY: Ten years ago, UCSF opened the doors of its first research building at Mission Bay, launching a new community that leaders are calling the Silicon Valley of Bioscience. Central to that success are the three incubators QB3 has launched on or near Mission Bay, with state-of-the-art facilities for bioscience entrepreneurs. The new incubator aims to address the ongoing demand for such facilities in Mission Bay. UCSF is the nation’s largest public biomedical research university, with a vibrant scientific community and core research facilities that are available for entrepreneurs to access. QB3 is a state institute supporting researchers at three UC campuses: Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz. It was founded with a core mission to grow the California economy by translating leading bioscience research on these campuses into new companies and products.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Interview opportunities are available with all speakers and entrepreneurs. Interviews, photo opportunities and b-roll will be available during lab visits. RSVP to Kristen Bole at 415-476-2743. During the event, she can be reached at 415-317-3652.

PARKING: Parking is tight in the Dogpatch neighborhood. A parking garage is available on the UCSF campus at Fourth and 16th streets. QB3 will offer shuttle buses every 10 to 15 minutes from 4th Street, in front of Byers Hall (map of campus).