Y Combinator is launching a biotech track


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Y Combinator is pulling the curtains off of a brand new experiment, YC Bio. The thought is to fund early-stage life-sciences corporations which might be nonetheless within the lab part, YC President Sam Altman wrote on the YC blog today. YC Bio’s first space of focus will probably be on healthspan and age-related illness.

“We expect there’s an unlimited alternative to assist individuals stay more healthy for longer, and that it could possibly be the most effective methods to deal with our healthcare disaster,” Altman wrote.

For these unfamiliar with the thought of healthspan, it’s the period of time somebody is wholesome slightly than the period of time they’re alive and probably in dangerous well being.

Just like YC AI, corporations within the YC Bio monitor will take part in YC’s conventional batch. However as an alternative of taking 7 % possession in trade for $120,000 in funding, YC will supply the biotech corporations between $500,000 and $1 million for 10 to 20 % possession.

As a result of these corporations will all nonetheless be within the lab part, YC will supply them free lab area in partnership with a to-be-determined entity. YC Bio additionally will supply corporations “numerous different particular offers” and entry to specialists within the subject.

YC backed its first biotech firm in 2014, when Gingko Bioworks participated within the accelerator. On the time, Altman told TechCrunch’s Sarah Buhr that three things had started happening in biotech: “upcoming hyper progress, prices coming right down to series-A scale, and cycle time coming right down to one thing affordable for a startup.”