Most Innovative Companies

Berkeley Lights

Founded in 2011, this East Bay company makes enabling technology for research and drug development. Its flagship Beacon platform uses optofluidics and a unique light-based technology to automate the work of cloning, culturing, and sorting specific cells from biological samples, drastically cutting the time and human labor needed to develop cell lines, discover and engineer antibodies, and do gene editing. Top pharma and biotech companies, including Pfizer, Novartis, Sanofi, Shire, and Teva Pharmaceuticals, are early adopters. In 2018, the company launched a joint venture with the MD Anderson Cancer Center called Optera Therapeutics, which will focus on developing scalable cell-based therapies for cancer.

2019: Biotech
headquarters: Emeryville, California
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