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City Innovations Collaborative

The City Innovations Collaborative (CInC) focuses on developing a diverse pool of life sciences talent, companies, and products to benefit the traditionally under-represented people and communities of NYC.

City College is developing the City Innovations Collaborative (CInC) to seed, cultivate, and sustain a thriving regional life sciences ecosystem in New York City for communities who have historically been under-represented in this space.  CInC is a part of CCNY’s vision to build the capacity to deliver vital research in the life sciences to society in the form of medically useful innovation.

CInC will employ a model that brings together resources from a multitude of stakeholders, including universities, hospitals, companies, investors, foundations, entrepreneurs, and patient advocacy groups.  This collaborative model will address the traditional gap in resources for early-stage innovation in the life sciences due to the significant risk associated with this work.  It will also provide the opportunity for regional stakeholders to come together to create a positive impact at a scale none could create individually.

Proposed floorplan of CInC space

CInC’s headquarters will be a 36,000 ft² technology development facility to be located in the Taystee Lab Building in West Harlem’s Manhattanville Factory District.  This facility will provide early-stage life sciences companies with access to state-of-the-art wet lab and dry lab space for the development of new life sciences technologies such as small molecule drugs, biologics, cell and gene therapies, medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, biomanufacturing, and more.  This custom-built facility is projected to open for use in Fall 2025.

Companies and projects selected to be housed in CInC should have the potential to drive positive health, societal, and economic impact for New Yorkers, particularly those from surrounding communities such as Harlem.

Over its first 10 years, the Collaborative is estimated to catalyze:

  • The creation of over 1,400 family-sustaining life science jobs in Greater Harlem,
  • The employment and training of more than 275 fellows and interns,
  • The creation and/or attraction of more than 100 new life sciences ventures,
  • The acceleration of 150 new medical technology products, and
  • The deployment of more than $290 million in seed and venture capital.

City College has received or will receive support to develop CInC from Seymour (CCNY 1954) and Pearl Moskowitz, New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York State Empire State Development, U.S. Economic Development Administration, and Janus Property Company, the College’s real estate development partner.