About QB3

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In 2000 and 2001, the University of California created QB3 and three other California Institutes for Science and Innovation* to drive the state's economy and improve the quality of life for its residents. QB3's domain is the quantitative biosciences, in which scientists take on challenges in molecular biology using the techniques of physics, chemistry, and computer sciences.

The QB3 faculty members—professors at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz—publish regularly in top academic journals, patent their discoveries, and launch spinoff companies. QB3 brings scientists together across disciplines, connects industry and academia in mutually beneficial partnerships, and helps entrepreneurs start successful companies.

At UC Santa Cruz, QB3 is run by the Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering.

At UCSC, QB3 carries out its mission through

  • Funding research, equipment, and core facilities that enable scientists and engineers to develop devices, drugs, and therapies for human health and technologies to protect the environment and improve energy production and use
  • Supporting endeavors leading to the creation of intellectual property and economic growth 
  • Educating the next generation of students who will shape California science and technology—the academic researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers of the future
  • Facilitating collaboration between research groups within UCSC and with the other QB3 campuses
  • Sponsoring educational and research programs of interest to QB3 affiliates
  • Promoting interaction with California industry


*Renamed the Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation in 2011 to recognize the former governor's central role in their founding.The others are California Institute for Telecom and Information Technology (CalIT2), California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), and Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).