About Us

Discover ILSE's History

The Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship (ILSE) is a nonprofit research institute, incubator, and accelerator established in 2014 focused on improving life science innovation globally. ILSE was founded by Kean University (https://www.kean.edu) to bring world-class research to Kean and to support the University’s research enterprise.

With a seed investment from Kean, ILSE established research activities, resources, and programs to support faculty, industry research and student training. Since 2015, ILSE has been self-supporting through grants, collaborations, incubation, acceleration, and research income. ILSE and partner companies fund faculty research and collaborations and contribute to student engagement through internships, employment, and mentorship.

ILSE continues to invest in Kean core facilities and the research infrastructure for the university; in 2023, ILSE was awarded $2.5M by the US Small Business Administration to expand the incubator on campus, enabling Kean and ILSE to deepen ties, train entrepreneurs and students, and create more opportunities for faculty, the University, and the life science community.

Companies Accelerated
Universities Engaged
Incubator Companies

Nonprofit research institute

We bring industry, academia, and government together to help translate life science research into therapies, diagnostics, and commercial solutions contributing to the bioeconomy.

Translating life sciences through R&D, accelerator, incubator, services, and partners

We provide startups with lab space and research tools so they can expand their discoveries and help entrepreneurs get their technologies off the ground by providing R&D and business solutions through our extensive network.

Cross section of industry, academia, and government

We collaborate with leading academic centers and industry players to advance the most promising research and work with governments and partners around the world to address global crises such as antimicrobial resistance or AMR

Our commitment to life science

ILSE’s mission is to improve human and planetary health and create economic opportunities by attracting scientific innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders to foster and translate early innovation into medically and commercially viable solutions. We aim to enrich the culture of entrepreneurship in New Jersey and beyond, and train the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Innovation through Collaboration

Supporting startups and entrepreneurs that drive innovation in the life sciences