SAN ANTONIO — Incubators in the US, Canada, and Mexico are slowly nurturing a new generation of early-stage life-science businesses.
 
According to figures released late last year by the National Business Incubation Association, 33 percent, or 72, of North America’s incubators can support at least one biotechnology startup, while 27 percent, or 59, could support medical device businesses; and 18 percent, or 39, plant-biotech businesses.
 

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