Biopolymer material decontamination company Karamedica and genomic sequencing provider Murrieta Genomics have both joined UC Riverside's newly-launched Life Sciences Incubator.

University of California (UC), Riverside has brought on board two initial startups for a new life sciences incubator managed by its Office of Technology Partnerships.

The tenants were named as Karamedica, a spinout of Loma Linda University focused on decontaminating biopolymer materials for medical applications, and genomic sequencing services provider Murrieta Genomics.

UC Riverside said 13 potential tenants had expressed interest in joining the life sciences incubator.

Rosibel Ochoa, associate vice-chancellor for technology partnerships at UC Riverside, said: “We are glad to welcome Karamedica and Murrieta Genomics as the first tenants of the Life Science Incubator at UC Riverside.

“Our tenants, life sciences startups, gain access to local wet lab space as well as guidance from experts. We welcome all life sciences startups from the region, regardless of the association with UC Riverside, we can provide a home to biotechnology, medical technology, agriculture, chemistry and bioengineering companies.”