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SOSV’s IndieBio NY debuts new 25,000 sq. ft. office, lab and event space at 7 Penn Plaza in NYC
Lauren McCranie
Lauren McCranie
The 3,500 sq. ft. lab facility at IndieBio NY’s new home at 7 Penn Plaza in NYC

SOSV’s IndieBio NY has opened the doors to its new headquarters at 7 Penn Plaza—a 25,000-square-foot open office engineered to foster innovation and community in the New York deep tech ecosystem.

The new facility will host startups in the IndieBio NY startup development program, which accepts 20+ pre-seed startups focused on human and planetary health each year. The space includes multi-disciplinary BSL1 and BSL2 wet labs, a 140-person capacity event space, and two large open office areas.

IndieBio New York’s new home includes a 3,500-square foot laboratory and a 140-person event space. 

IndieBio aims to make 7 Penn Plaza a hub for the fast growing life science ecosystem across New York state. Plans are underway to host 100 events a year and leverage the space as an invaluable venue to convene scientists, researchers, founders, engineers, and investors. 

Launched in May 2020, IndieBio NY is an expansion of IndieBio SF, the world’s leading startup development program for founders in food and agtech, bio-engineered materials, therapeutics, and diagnostics, among many other sectors. In other words, IndieBio serves founders who want to “save lives and save the planet.” Startups that join IndieBio receive SOSV’s initial investment of up to $525,000 and work alongside the IndieBio team for 4-6 months to refine their product as well as develop go-to-market and fundraising strategies.

Since 2014, more than 200 companies have graduated from IndieBio in SF and NY. They have raised more than $2.3 billion and have an aggregate valuation of $8.3 billion. 

To support the launch of IndieBio NY,  Empire State Development and the Partnership Fund for New York City pledged to invest $25 million over five years. The partnership aims to accelerate the development of New York’s flourishing life sciences ecosystem.

New York graduates more life science PhDs than any other state in the U.S. and is home to a quarter of all US clinical trials.

SOSV general partner Stephen Chambers is the managing director of IndieBio NY, and the chief scientific officer is Sabriya Stukes.

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Stephen Chambers

Chambers has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, was one of the founding scientists at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and co-founded of Abpro Therapeutics, which employed synthetic biology and immunology to accelerate antibody discovery. As CEO of SynbiCITE, the Innovation and Knowledge Center for Synthetic Biology in the UK, he oversaw dramatic growth in the synthetic biology innovation ecosystem. At the same time, Chambers co-founded Bio-start, the UK’s first Life Science accelerator. Recently awarded Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at Imperial College London, Stephen is a Member of the Royal Society’s Industrial Fellows College and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

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Sabriya Stukes

Stukes has a PhD in biomedical sciences from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to IndieBio, she was Operations Director for Stellate Therapeutics, a biotech company developing microbiome-derived therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative diseases. After earning her PhD, she was the founding Associate Director for the Master’s in Translational Medicine (MTM) program at The City College of New York, NYC’s only graduate degree that trains scientists and engineers in the commercialization of medical technology. A microbiologist, educator, and science communicator, Stukes’ expertise is in working with individuals to design sustainable clinical solutions and craft compelling scientific narratives.

Counting alumni standouts Halomine, Multus Media, TômTex, and Harmony Baby Nutrition, IndieBio NY has graduated 46 companies. Founders interested in applying to IndieBio can start here. For more information on IndieBio and SOSV in general, including how to apply for use of the event space, please reach out.

The 140-person event space at IndieBio NY’s new 7 Penn Plaza location  

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