YC’s 1st Health and Bio Summit
We’re excited to announce the first YC Health and Bio Summit that will take place in San Francisco on October 21, 2022. The half day conference will feature bio and healthcare founders and investors who will tell their stories and share advice for entrepreneurs who are just getting started.
11 YC startups hiring for biology, life sciences, chemistry and data informatics roles
Today, YC funds more seed stage biotech companies than any other investor. To help further the mission of our biotech and hard science startups, YC is now expanding YC’s job platform to support science-related roles.
FDA: Orientation for Early Stage Startups
by Reshma Khilnani3/2/2021
One of the most common topics YC Bio founders ask us about is the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the broader regulatory environment. As a starting point, we wanted to touch on some of the most important concepts bio founders should think about.
How to Start a Biotech Company on a Budget
by Reshma Khilnani1/20/2021
Running a biotech company is capital intensive, and this can make itintimidating to get started. Founders sometimes face a chicken and egg problem:how do you make progress without millions of dollars in funding, and how do youraise millions of dollars in funding without having made progress?However, it is quite possible today to start a biotech company on a shoestringbudget ($0-$200k starting costs). Many successful biotech companies started injust this way.
How to spin your scientific research out of a university and into a startup
by Jared Friedman10/28/2020
This is advice for people who have done scientific research at a university andare considering starting a company to commercialize it.At YC, we’ve funded more than 75 companies in this situation. We also recentlywent on a Bio Tour where wewent around to research universities and talked with hundreds of students andprofessors in the life sciences about commercializing their research.
Responding to COVID-19
by Jared Friedman3/25/2020
In order to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we need to immediately mobilize globalscientific and technical talent. There are already a number of YC companies that are helping with the crisis, and we’relooking for more startups that, if successful, could alter the trajectory ofCOVID-19.
YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnership for synthetic biology startups
by Jared Friedman9/16/2019
Ginkgo Bioworks was the first bio company YCfunded, back in summer 2014, which makes us especially delighted to announce anew partnership between YC and Ginkgo.Ginkgo Bioworks programs cells. They program them to produce flavors,fragrances, cannabinoids, food proteins, and more.
How Biotech Startup Funding Will Change in the Next 10 Years
by Jared Friedman8/5/2019
Back when YC was getting started about 10 years ago, Paul Graham wrote some essays that predicted the way startupfundraising would change in the next decade – accurately, it turns out.