BioNeste offers a rural biotech incubator for entrepreneurs that recognize the business and lifestyle advantages that a vibrant rural hub can offer.

Located just two hours from Boston, one hour from UNH Manchester and one hour from Dartmouth, Keene is centrally located to the region’s biotech hot spots.  Our rural location is more cost-effective for developing companies and technologies and grant funding will stretch further with lower costs.

Furthermore, the Keene area is rich with expertise — from an award-winning incubator and co-working space to Keene State College and its Life Sciences faculty and students to a diverse and robust manufacturing sector.  Many experts in the field have chosen to live in the region because of its vibrancy and quality of life and welcome the opportunity to support entrepreneurs that will help build up the biotech sector in the region.

Scientific development of biotechnology is expensive.   Locating a startup company in a major metropolitan center is even more expensive.  And entrepreneurs often overlook the competitive edge given them by considering manufacturing and business aspects early in the development process – science alone is not enough to compete.

BioNeste pulls together resources from the community to create a unique opportunity for biotech startups to start in a rural community that offers the support team they need, a low-cost educated workforce (interns, entry-level staff) from local colleges and universities, expertise in streamlined product development that will result in superior products and get products quickly to market, local sources of investment capital, business expertise and more.

This biotech incubator is built on a successful existing platform of business support at Hannah Grimes that includes one-on-one coaching, workshops, mentors, access to capital, a successful Startup Lab, incubator program and extensive network.

Advisory Board:

Gene Garcia, Julie Garcia, Kate Hickey, Mary Ann Kristiansen and Roy Wallen.

Subject Matter Support Team:

Attorney with VC experience and connections

Roy Wallen leads Directional Healthcare Advisors a Brooklline (NH) advisory services company specializing in commercializing new technologies focused on solving problems in healthcare delivery.

Incubator support includes Mary Ann Kristiansen, founder and executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center and Hannah Grimes Marketplace, and Kate Hickey is Program Director at the Hannah Grimes Center.

Current Companies:

Lash Laboratory Solutions, LLC

Press for BiO NeSTe:

New Hampshire Business Review August 16, 2018

 Keene Sentinel November 18, 2017

NHBR August 18-31, 2017 Article

Keene Sentinel August 11, 2017