Biotech


First YC Bio company to start clinical trials

Shasqi is the first YC Bio company to start first-in-human clinical trials for a drug. We’re very excited to share the news that Shasqi is the first YC…

Responding to COVID-19

In order to confront the COVID-19 crisis, we need to immediately mobilize global scientific and technical talent. We have refreshed our Request for Startups, which are concepts we believe are important in the coming decades, to reflect this newest addition: Responding to COVID-19.

YC and Ginkgo Bioworks announce new partnership for synthetic biology startups

Ginkgo Bioworks was the first bio company YC funded, back in summer 2014, which makes us especially delighted to announce a new partnership between YC and Ginkgo. Ginkgo…

How Biotech Startup Funding Will Change in the Next 10 Years

I’ve noticed that raising money for a biotech or other life science company in 2019 looks a lot like raising money for a tech company 10 years ago. Since then, fundamental forces caused fundraising for tech companies to change dramatically. And I believe that they are going to change biotech fundraising very much the way they changed tech company fundraising.

YC Partners With Atomwise to Fund More Bio Companies

We’re going to work with Atomwise to give interested Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) teams an expedited path to joining YC.

Y Combinator is Hiring a Visiting Partner in the Life Sciences

YC started funding bio companies in 2011 and since then the number of bio companies we’ve funded per batch has risen exponentially, now over 141 in total. To support our growing number of bio companies, we are hiring a Visiting Partner to work with them.

There Are Now 141 Bio Companies Funded by YC

Over the last two years, YC has made more seed investments in bio companies than any other investor in the world. The number of bio companies in each batch has been exponentially increasing, and there are now 141 bio companies funded by YC.

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