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Querrey InQbation Lab

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About the Querrey InQbation Lab

Q is for inQbation – where ideas, companies, people and products are incubated and accelerated. The Querrey InQbation Lab is where Questions become solutions.

The Querrey InQbation Lab was named in honor of Kimberly K. Querrey (’22, ’23 P), chair of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. The InQbation Lab is a university incubator that extends Northwestern’s excellence in research-driven innovation by accelerating translation of its rich research portfolio. Through programming and space, the InQbation Lab provides support and resources for the very early stages of company formation, allowing the University to immediately enable near-term opportunities and increase the pipeline of startup companies.

Our Programs

We offer programming to resident startups and the greater Northwestern community.

We are building a space and community to bring together like-minded talent. Through proximity and collaboration, our programs create a place for the best ideas and entrepreneurial knowledge to converge and for our network of funding and resources to expand.


Featured Programs

Mentor Network
Connect with a wide range of experts, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals as a resource for early-stage NU teams.

Join programming that promotes women academic entrepreneurs.

Our Spaces

Check out our currently available spaces.

Our spaces provide opportunities to meet, collaborate and do translational science.

Resident Teams

Work alongside the innovative minds behind some of Northwestern's most promising startups.

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Developing new detector materials to double the resolution of x-ray and gamma-ray imaging techniques

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Developing smart solutions for implantable medical devices

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Developing customizable nanostructured coating for industrial clean up

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Producing high-quality proteins with a novel bacterial expression platform

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Developing wearable technologies to monitor chronic medical conditions

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Developing a novel small sample blood collection technology for lead testing

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Designing cell-free biosensors for rapid detection of water contaminants

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Developing a synthetic biology discovery platform to harness the therapeutic potential of extracellular vesicles

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Building next-generation lithium-ion batteries

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Treating myeloproliferative neoplasms with novel therapeutics

Startup Resources

How can I get started?

Northwestern's entrepreneurial faculty and resident startups can take advantage of resources that include mentorship, legal assistance, discounts, funding, work spaces and more.

News & Events

Latest News

Lisa Dhar

Lisa Dhar named associate vice president for innovation

March 30, 2023
from Northwestern Now

After a national search, Northwestern has appointed Lisa Dhar associate vice president for innovation. In this capacity, Dhar will lead the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO), a unit integral to advancing the University’s research impact through translation and entrepreneurship.

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Northwestern names multimillion-dollar technology accelerator

March 7, 2022
from Northwestern Now

Northwestern University announced today it will name its new multimillion-dollar technology accelerator the Querrey InQbation Lab in honor of Kimberly K. Querrey (’22, ’23 P), chair of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees.

Upcoming Events


Q-Sponsored Series by Osage University Partners | University Proof-of-Concept Funds – Case Studies on Goals and Operations

11:00 AM
Considering a proof-of-concept fund and wondering how to start and operate it? Or already have a proof-of-concept fund a...

Q Founder Series | Storytelling as a Strategy: A New Kind of SaaS Model

2:00 PM
For millennia in the real world, humans have connected to each other's hearts and minds, and inspired action, via the po...

Q-Sponsored Series by Osage University Partners | Funding and Equity in University Startups Cap Tables and Exits

12:00 PM
The next webinar in OUP’s Funding and Equity Webinar Series will focus on cap tables over funding rounds and what happen...