Despite Bikanta’s steady success, there have been several obstacles along the way in creating Bikanta. Ambika spoke about some of the difficulties in transitioning from the academic setting to creating a biotech startup and lessons learned to an audience at QB3. Her five lessons learned were:
QB3, also known as the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, is a nonprofit research and technology commercialization institute spanning three University of California campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: UC Berkeley, UCSF, and UC Santa Cruz. QB3’s domain is the quantitative biosciences: areas of biology in which advances are chiefly made by scientists applying techniques from physics, chemistry, engineering, and computer science.