Collaborative & Entrepreneurial Culture
At HudsonAlpha, we believe working together results in rapid translation of discoveries to market. The researchers and associate companies at HudsonAlpha share meeting rooms and common spaces, IT support, a library and a café, all of which foster a culture that feels like community and invites mentor-protegé relationships. The Institute offers a growing biotech hub to small companies and start-ups by providing access to outside experts, marketing direction, and strategic networking opportunities. In addition, fostering growth in the biotech industry is a priority for the state of Alabama and for many of our regional economic development organizations.
Companies on Campus
More than 45 life science companies call HudsonAlpha home. HudsonAlpha associate companies bring unmatched diversity to Huntsville’s high-tech community and provide a significant impact on life science work happening around the state. Associate companies work in a wide range of life science sectors, providing biospecimens to research scientists, offering diagnostic services, and developing and testing biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. These capabilities make North Alabama’s only biotechnology research institute one of the leading genomic centers in the nation.
Associate companies at HudsonAlpha apply the principles of biotechnology toward clinical trials for research labs, medical labs, and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, companies at the Institute use the latest technologies to detect biomarkers for certain conditions and to develop innovative therapeutics for the treatment of diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
A major element of the HudsonAlpha mission is to support life science entrepreneurs and companies to improve their potential for success, as evidenced by more than 45 associate companies doing business within the buildings on campus. Two measures of HudsonAlpha’s success are: growth in the number of life science companies and the average tenure of a company on the Institute’s campus. In 2007, HudsonAlpha began with 5 associate companies and by the beginning of 2020 this number had grown to 50.