BioBots, the startup that makes 3D printers for organs, moved to the University City Science Center’s business incubator at 3711 Market Street. Founded by Penn grads, the DreamIt Health company used to work out of Washington Avenue makerspace NextFab.
The startup is one of a handful that are moving into the incubator, which has generally been a home to (decidedly less-sexy) life sciences and medical device companies, as well as international companies opening Philly offices. For example, other companies that recently moved into the incubator include Freenome, a London company developing a “liquid biopsy” that’s opening a Philly satellite office, and LignaMed, a Penn spinout working on small molecule therapy to improve radiation treatment for cancer.
It’s good news for Philly to see this young startup putting down roots in the area. It joins Biomeme, which was also incubated at NextFab, and Grand Round Table — both headquartered in Old City — as some of the DreamIt Health companies that have doubled down on Philadelphia. Despite early signs pointing to DreamIt Health startups staying in the area, Philly has lost a handful of DreamIt Health grads like Penn undergrad startup Drop Diagnostics (to San Francisco), Seratis (to Boston) and NarrativeDx (Austin).
BioBots scored a big win at this year’s South by Southwest tech conference when it won “Most Innovative.”-30-