Program Summary

Home to more than 45 companies specializing in life science, clean tech, advanced manufacturing, and engineering, the Biotech Incubator@bwtech helps young businesses start, grow, and stay in Maryland.

Featuring 165,000 sq. ft of office and lab space, including over 40,000 sq. ft of wet lab space, this nationally recognized life science and technology business incubator is equipped to meet the needs of companies of all sizes. 

Companies and employees have access to UMBC campus amenities and enjoy a convenient location only minutes away from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, downtown Baltimore, and federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., corridor. The Biotech Incubator@bwtech contains conference rooms, labs, training centers, and spaces that are adaptable to the needs of any company. It’s where early-stage companies can find the resources and space they need to test, develop, and commercialize their research.

Biotech Incubator Advantages

Members enjoy several benefits that can help them propel their businesses further. An experienced entrepreneurial services staff provides resident companies with general business support services and access to an active network of mentors and investors. Members have the opportunity to collaborate in a community of over 40 companies with a broad range of life science, chemistry, and engineering capabilities. And, support and guidance from experienced Entrepreneurs in Residence helps startup companies realize the economic potential of their technologies.


Because of bwtech’s unique affiliation with UMBC, resident companies can establish potential collaborative relationships with UMBC faculty and graduate students in addition to receiving access to shared scientific equipment and other university resources. And, being in close proximity to the Department of Biological Sciences at UMBC, members of the Biotech Incubator@bwtech benefit from the knowledge and research of experts in key areas such as:

  • Cell Biology
  • Computational Biology
  • Developmental Biology & Immunology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Biology

Bolstered by support from UMBC, the Biotech Incubator@bwtech gives members a competitive edge that can help them take their businesses to the next level.

Support for Tenants and Virtual Members

Tenants and virtual members also have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, sponsors, and other businesses in several informative and engaging events and discussions. 


bwtech@UMBC regularly hosts C-level cocktail social CyberTini featuring panel discussions with experts in fields ranging from life sciences technologies to clean tech and cybersecurity. These events allow entrepreneurs to gain valuable insight from industry movers and shakers while exploring potential networking opportunities.

Sponsor Socials

These events connect entrepreneurs with bwtech@UMBC partners. Companies have a chance to meet with sponsors and enjoy networking in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Members and sponsors can also build business-enhancing relationships.

CEO Roundtable

Tenants and virtual members can also attend regular CEO roundtables. These open-forum discussions cover several important topics related to business growth and management. These include everything from business development to grant writing tools and tips, the hiring process, internships, and more.

Grow Here

Let the Biotech Incubator@bwtech help you take your cybersecurity, IT product, or technology services company to new heights. Contacts us to speak with a bwtech@UMBC staff member. We are ready to work with you and help you find the services that can meet your business’s needs best.

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