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Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Biology

IndieBio is churning out science startups working on everything from lab-grown meat and smart bees to cancer therapies. 

IndieBio lab and co-working space in downtown San Francisco.

IndieBio lab and co-working space in downtown San Francisco.

Photographer: Cayce Clifford/Bloomberg

Can an incubator of life-science startups in the heart of the San Francisco tech scene work at the “move fast and break things” pace of its Silicon Valley neighbors? 

IndieBio made that bet in 2015. Its office has all the trappings: industrial-chic design, a Blue Bottle Coffee down the block, and a sign reading “Revolution Workspace” above the front desk. Twitter Inc. and Uber are nearby. The newest addition to the skyline, the Salesforce tower, looms large above it all.