QB3, which was founded in 2000 with the mission of helping UC research reach commercial use, will help guide the entrepreneurs through the pre-commercial phase of the company’s growth, including help with defining technical and commercial milestones, conducting due diligence on the technology and business ideas, helping recruit management for future start-up, and coaching entrepreneurs on their business plans.
Zcube is part of Zambon Co., an industrial holding company. In addition to Zcube, the group includes a pharmaceutical business unit (Zambon SpA) and a chemical business unit (ZaCh System). Zambon Company has a strong reputation for inventive and innovative thinking, flexibility and customer focus. Founded in 1906, Zambon operates in 15 countries and 3 continents (Europe, Asia, North and South America), and employs more than 2,500 people with consolidated sales for 2008 of EUR 600 million.
QB3 is a cooperative effort among private industry and more than 200 scientists at UCSF, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. One of four California technology institutes, QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of information technology, imaging and engineering to integrate and enhance scientific understanding of biological systems at all levels, enabling scientists to tackle problems that have been previously unapproachable.
Mission Bay Capital is an independent, seed-stage venture firm that was created in August 2009 to make pivotal, early-stage investments in bioscience companies. The firm, which invests in bioscience companies stemming from UC research, evaluates companies based on their promise of commercial success and potential benefit to society.<
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