The BioInnovations Gateway (BiG) life science incubator, a USTAR – Granite School District partnership, helps startup companies grow their ideas by offering valuable resources at a critical time in their development. BiG’s mission is to facilitate innovation in Utah’s life science industry by providing high-quality research facilities, office space, mentoring, and access to funding programs. The BiG program has successfully developed a model to lower the cost of launching biotech and medical device startups. BiG is dedicated to reducing the time and money needed for startup companies to prove their technology, build their team, connect with experts, and attract capital.
BiG is also a one-of-a-kind academic training ground where students develop creative thinking and biotechnology work skills in a product-driven environment. Resident companies are not manufacturing for sale, but rather are involved in research, product development, validation, and preclinical testing, which allows BiG to provide this unique opportunity for student training. Residents of BiG, in partnership with Granite School District, are committed to the training mission of the facility and are asked to provide technical and/or business seminars. They are also encouraged to host appropriately trained students as interns. This provides students with hands-on, real-world experience as well as network opportunities with industry experts.