Southern Research opens biotech incubator, built by Brasfield & Gorrie

February 16, 2024

A group of eight people, men and women, stand behind a ceremonial ribbon with scissors in hand, ready for a ribbon cutting. They're indoors in front of a blue-gray step-and-repeat backdrop that says Southern Research in white and includes a teal blue logo.

Southern Research recently marked the official opening of its Station 41 biotech incubator, which is one of four programs that make up the newly launched Station 41 biotech commercialization hub. The incubator provides wet lab space and office space, shared lab equipment and services to support biotech startup growth.

The incubator is located in a newly renovated space on Southern Research’s campus on Birmingham’s Southside.

“In the past, Birmingham has lost companies and jobs to other markets because we did not have available commercial wet lab space,” said Josh Carpenter, Ph.D.,CEO of Southern Research. “With this incubator, we are beginning to meet this need. Under the same roof, we are also providing early-stage biotech and pharma companies with unique access to our renowned drug discovery and development capabilities here at Southern Research.”

The contractor on the project was Brasfield & Gorrie.

“Our team is passionate about building projects that serve the communities where we live and work, and Southern Research takes that a step further,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Regional Vice President and Division Manager Robby Hayes. “Southern Research’s efforts affect the world as they develop world-class solutions that address modern-day health threats. By providing space to biotech entrepreneurs, Southern Research is creating opportunity for others as well as further developing that biotech ecosystem in our city and state. We’re thrilled that we were able to construct this essential lab space.”

Learn more in a press release from Southern Research.