Biotech Leaders Academy Returns

We're excited to announce the return of the Biotech Leaders Academy in Summer 2017!

This is a program for bright community college students to (1) connect to meaningful, paid internships in the life sciences industry, and (2) learn the fundamentals of becoming an entrepreneur in this field. 

We launched the program in 2016 with overwhelmingly positive feedback from companies and students alike. This year, we have ten students placed in seven local biotech companies across the Los Angeles region. The students are coming from Cal State LA, East LA College, LA City College, and Pasadena City College. Plus, ten additoinal students will participate in our five-week entrepreneurship seminar sessions. 

The 2017 program is proudly supported in part by Wells Fargo and East Los Angeles College.

Undocumented Student STEM Conference

On Saturday, May 27, Cal State LA hosted the first UndocuSTEM Conference at the University Student Union. 

The conference provided resources, information, and networking opportunities to undocumented high school, undergraduate, and graduate STEM students about how to be successful in a STEM academic and professional career through student-led workshops and presentations. The event inspired and empowered undocumented students to continue pursuing an academic and professional career in STEM. This conference serves as an important statement of undocumented students' contributions in STEM fields and society as a whole.

Biotech Entrepreneurship Coalition Seminar Series

LA Bioscience Hub partnered with the Biotech Entrepreneurship Coalition (BEC) and the launch of their new Seminar Series which kicked off in February 2017 and featured monthly seminar during lunchtime geared at undergraduate and graduate students.

The four seminar sessions took place between February and May and were hosted at the USC Health Sciences Campus. The series featured the following distinguished speakers:

Dr. Steve FiaccoPresident and CEO, EvoRX - is a scientist turned entrepreneur who shared his experiences with students, postdocs, faculty, and staff who were interested in learning more about the business of biotech and why starting your own company is a challenging and rewarding career path. EvoRX is a biotech company in Pasadena.

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Dr. Stephen CasperHenry E. Riggs Professor of Management and Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences at the Keck Graduate Institute -  introduced practicing scientists to simple tools and concepts that are commonly used by investors and companies to gauge the commercial attractiveness of life science discoveries. The Keck Graduate Institute is a member of the Claremont Colleges.

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Dina Lozofsky, Executive Director, Biocom Los Angeles and LABH Board Member - shared tips on how entrepreneurs can best prepare for engaging with investors and fundraising for your big idea, such as with presentations, business planning, networking, and more. 

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Rohit ShuklaCEO and Founder, Larta Institute - founded the Larta Institute, a non-profit mission-driven organization dedicated to finding solutions that transform technology ideas into economic opportunities, in 1993. Mr. Shukla s an expert and thought leader on innovation, commercialization and enterprise, and technology-led economic development. Mr. Shukla discussed how to develop a communication strategy for a "value proposition" that resonates with different audiences - potential partners, investors, and customers - and demonstrates how to "put your best foot forward."

BEC aims to increase entrepreneurship education for biomedical scientists and is led by Biotech Connection LA in partnership with Lab Launch Inc., CA Life Sciences Association (CLSA), Biocom Los Angeles, The City of Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

Apply for the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

As part of the LA Bioscience Hub's commitment to supporting the growth and diversity of the bioscience industry in East LA, we are excited to announce the launch of the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp from our friends and partners at Cal State LA, Biocom Institute, and LA Cleantech Incubator. 

This free, 5-week, high intensity training program pairs emerging bioscience entrepreneurs with industry experts and executives for a crash course on business fundamentals and leadership skills related to the bioscience industry. Early-stage entrepreneurs;  emerging entrepreneurs interested in diving into bioscience; and scientists, university faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are all encouraged to apply.

APPLY:  HERE.
Cohort 1 DEADLINE: June 15.
The boot camp takes place from July 12 - August 16. 

Exciting Things at the Eastside Mixer in the LA Bioscience Corridor

On April 26, our friends from Biotech Connection Los Angeles, Biocom LA, and Cal State LA hosted a mixer on CSULA's campus for innovators, entrepreneurs, and young scientists to gather in the LA Bioscience Corridor.

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Verrix and Xencor were the featured companies that evening. Guests had the opportunity to learn about the product innovation that each of these companies bring to the market. Event hosts shared exciting updates about their projects, including BioStart Entreprenuership Bootcamp (LA BioSpace, Cal State LA) and the launch of Biocom's Catalyst Awards in Los Angeles to highlight and celebrate young bioscience rockstars.

Registration Open for our Next Event: "Strengthening LA's Bioscience Eco-System"

Panel: Strengthening LA's Bioscience Eco-System

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Join us for an interdisciplinary panel of experts in the field to discuss what early stage bioscience companies really need in order to be successful in LA, and how we can better focus efforts and resources to fill the eco-system gaps.

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: The Saban Auditorium at Children's Hospital LA

Panelists:

  • Cecilia V. Estolano, Executive Director, LA Bioscience Hub (moderator)
  • Howard Kozloff, Managing Partner, Agora Partners
  • Jessica Rousset, Director, CHLA Center for Innovation
  • Naresh Menon, CEO, ChromoLogic
  • Walid Sabbagh, VP of Business Development, SoCalBio

Bioscience is an industry of the future here in Los Angeles. Our region is home to a wealth of life sciences innovation and start-ups. Entrepreneurs are constantly starting companies at our universities and research centers to advance the field in medical devices, diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals, digital health, and more. However, when you look around, there are relatively few LA-born companies that have stayed in the region to grow their operations and create new jobs. Why are so many promising bioscience start-ups leaving and how can we help them be successful in Los Angeles?

Come connect with professionals from various sectors that are all part of the life science industry's growth - leaders from bioscience, real estate, government, design, research sectors and more!

Click Here to Learn More and RSVP

RSVP Now Open for Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration!

Join us for the Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration on Friday, August 19, 11:00am – 1:30pm, taking place at East LA College.
The lunch-time celebration will bring together everyone involved in this program’s inaugural summer, as well as other leaders in the bioscience industry and public sector. Come meet our students, learn about their summer internships, and connect with others in the field. We hope you can join us!

11:00am - 12:00pm Student Poster Presentation
12:00pm Lunch Begins
12:30pm Recognitation Program Begins

Colleagues and other industry professionals are welcome to attend. This event aims to recognize our students and partners, as well as strengthen relationships in LA’s larger bioscience community.

Special thanks to LA2050 and the Goldhirsh Foundation for funding the Biotech Leaders Academy and this celebratory event.

The students are having wonderful internship experiences this summer, thanks to the program’s Industry Partners: QT Medical, Tempo Therapeutics, Verrix, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, LA BioMed, LabLaunch - Monrovia, LA Cleantech Incubator.

HATCH - New multi-tenant lab and office space coming to LA Bioscience Corridor

There's a new space opening soon for LA's growing bioscience companies! The multi-tenant facility for life science companies is in the LA Bioscience Corridor, conveniently located across from Holy Gounds Coffee & Tea, and the nearby USC Health Sciences Campus, LAC+USC Medical Center, Downtown Los Angeles area, and Pasadena/Glendale/Monrovia areas.

Click here to learn more.

If your or your friend's company is outgrowing its current space, HATCH could be its next home. For inquiries about space availability, please contact Allan S. Glass at (213) 973-8637 or asg@allanglass.com

Follow HATCH on Twitter: @HATCHspaces

Register for March 29 | ULI Panel on How-To Build for the Bioscience Industry

Register today for:
Case Study & Site Tour: LA Bioscience Corridor & La Kretz Innovation Campus
Tuesday, March 29 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm

The City and County’s interest and investment in the region’s emerging bioscience sector continues to progress, and one of the prime areas for this growth is the LA Bioscience Corridor, along Valley Boulevard, near the LAC+USC Medical Center. The LA Bioscience Corridor is one of the last remaining cores of industrial land in LA -- now is the time to leverage public sector momentum and help create a home for the region's growing bioscience industry.

Join LA Bioscience Hub and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles for next week's Case Study & Site Tour event, featuring an expert panel on the ins-and-outs of building a bioscience facilities. Our cross-sector panel will provide insights into the various aspects of a bioscience project including architecture, creative financing, engineering, and construction.

Panelists:
Cecilia V. Estolano, Co-CEO Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors / Executive Director, LA Bioscience Hub (Moderator)
Alison Paige, Principal, Capital A Consulting
Brian Spence, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, BAM Architecture
Don Crotty, Sr. Vice President, National Director – Life Sciences Center of Excellence, Skanska USA
Llewellyn Cox, CEO, Lab Launch Inc.
Patrick Bucklen, PE, CPD, Principal, Senior VP West Coast Operations, IPS

Following the panel, guests will be able to tour the La Kretz Innovation Campus, the new home of the LA Cleantech Incubator.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

Call for Summer Employers - Biotech Leaders Academy

The LA Bioscience Hub is launching the Biotech Leaders Academy and we’re looking for bioscience companies that need one or more interns this summer. Our partner, East LA College, will assemble a cohort of 20 bright, eager bioscience students that are looking to develop their skills, get hands-on experience in the field, and build their resumes. 

 LA Bioscience Hub can help employers by paying a large portion of the students’ summer compensation. 

The program will run from June 13-August 19. The 10-week internship program will be paired with a bi-weekly entrepreneurship seminar for the students.  

 Students in the carefully vetted cohort will primarily be in the 2nd and 3rd years of their coursework. They'll be pursuing degrees in biology, microbiology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Our students will have a working knowledge of lab skills and concepts that they learn through courses like general and organic chemistry, intro to biotechnology, microbiology, and biology.

Is your bioscience company interested in hosting one (or more) of our students? If so, please complete the Company Interest Form.

Help us spread the word about this opportunity by sharing this post with others! 

For more information:
Visit - http://labiosciencehub.org/biotech-leaders-academy
Contact - Tulsi Patel (tulsi@elpadvisors.com or 213-612-4545)

Biotech Leaders Academy is funded by the Goldhirsh Foundation, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles County Community & Senior Services, and Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.

Goldhirsh Foundation awards LA Bioscience Hub a $100,000 LA2050 grant

The Goldhirsh Foundation has awarded $100,000 to LA Bioscience Hub (LABH) through its My LA2050 Grants Challenge. LABH was considered alongside 50 other impressive projects that all aim to make LA the Best Place to Create. It must have been a tough decision, but we are truly appreciative of the outcome.

With this grant, LABH will collaborate with East Los Angeles College (ELAC) to create the Biotech Leaders Academy that will introduce ELAC students to the possibilities and pathways of biotech entrepreneurship. We’re also very excited to work with ELAC’s MESA program, which focuses strengthening the pipeline of students from historically underrepresented groups into STEM programs at four-year universities.

The Biotech Leaders Academy is a two-component program. The first is an internship component that places bioscience students into summer internships with biotech companies across the region. With our LA2050 grant, we will be able to partner with employers to jointly fund each intern’s summer earnings. The second component of the Biotech Leaders Academy is an entrepreneurship academy that introduces our program’s students to the opportunities, pathways, and essentials of becoming a biotech entrepreneur.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make Biotech Leaders Academy a reality, thanks to the Goldhirsh Foundation. Click here to see our video and proposal.

For more information or if your bioscience company that would like to learn more being a summer employer, please contact Tulsi Patel (tulsi@labiosciencehub.org).

Join us on December 9 for a Mixer with Biotech Connection LA

RSVP here.

Join LA Bioscience Hub and Biotech Connection LA in the LA Bioscience Corridor for an evening to meet and connect with bioscience professionals, both aspiring and established, from across LA. The evening’s program will feature co-founder of SyncFab, Jeremy Goodwin, who will share how LA’s bioscience innovators can connect with resources in bio-design and bio-printing.

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (program at 7:00 pm)

Location: The Edmonson Faculty Center at USC Health Science Campus

RSVP here.

Special thanks to our event co-sponsors: WSGR and the Graduate Student Government at USC.

To learn about sponsporship opportunities, please contact Tulsi Patel (tulsi@labiosciencehub.org or 213-612-4545).

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

LABH Board tours new La Kretz Innovation Campus

LA Bioscience Hub’s Board of Directors toured the recently opened La Kretz Innovation Campus. The new campus is home to the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and also offers office and co-working space for growing, innovative cleantech organizations and companies.

What’s really exciting for the LA Bioscience Hub is that the La Kretz Innovation Campus has a 576-SF Wet Lab! The space includes access to specialized support equipment and supplies for bioscience companies. If you’re looking for lab space today, we recommend checking out the La Kretz Innovation Campus – it’s not too far from the LA Bioscience Corridor.

Our 2015 Real Estate Tour was a hit

On Wednesday, October 14, LA Bioscience Hub brought together 30 real estate and bioscience professionals for our 2015 real estate tour of the LA Bioscience Corridor. The morning started off on the beautiful Grifols patio overlooking East LA. LABH Treasurer and Jones Lang LaSalle Vice President, Ben Stapleton, co-led the tour with us. The tour showcased five available properties in the LA Bioscience Corridor that are well-positioned for conversion into flex lab space, device manufacturing, and more. In addition, the tour stopped at the site of Cal State LA BioSpace, a bioscience incubator projected to break ground in 2017. On the Cal State LA campus, the tour heard about the future incubator from Dr. Howard Xu, Director of Programs and Innovation and the LABH Secretary.

The tour was a great success in facilitating connections and drawing more attention to the LA Bioscience Corridor as a place of opportunity and potential.

LABH Executive Director participates in SoCal Development Forum Breakfast Panel

On Tuesday, October 13, Southern California Development Forum hosted a Science and Technology Breakfast Panel at the Luxe Hotel. LABH Executive Director, Cecilia V. Estolano, participated on the panel to share insight on LA’s bioscience industry and trends, and what opportunities the real estate community has to plug into this growing industry. Cecilia was joined on stage by moderator Rodney Franks (Franks Consulting), and panelists Natasha Griffith (UCLA) and Mark Fitzgerald (HDR Group). After the panel we met with numerous audience members who were eager to learn more about our work and the LA Bioscience Corridor.

October 14 - LA Bioscience Corridor: Real Estate Tour

Join the LA Bioscience Hub for a tour of LA Bioscience Corridor. Our tour will feature prime, available industrial properties that are well situated to accommodate Los Angeles' growing bioscience industry.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Location: Grifols (2410 Lillyvale Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032)

RSVP HERE

Tour participants will learn about new projects in the pipeline within the LA Bioscience Corridor, the area's evolving real estate market, and the various anchor institutions committed to the Corridor's success. On the tour, highlights include:

  • For-sale/lease industrial properties
  • Grifols (a multinational pharmaceutical company)
  • Cal State LA (including the site for LA BioSpace – the LA County/Cal State LA Bioscience Incubator)
  • LAC+USC Medical Center
  • USC Health Sciences Campus

Group transportation through the LA Bioscience Corridor will be provided.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Visits LA Bioscience Corridor

On July 8, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Jay Williams, and LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis visited the LA Bioscience Corridor and toured anchor institutions - Cal State LA and USC Health Sciences Campus. Cal State LA President, William A. Covino and LA Bioscience Hub Secretary and Associate Professor in Biology at Cal State LA, Howard Xu, gave a tour of the campus’ successful STEM programs and shared plans for the future BioSpaceLA, the future LA County-Cal State LA bioscience incubator.

Assistant Secretary Williams’ visit wrapped up with a roundtable discussion that brought together academic, industry, and public leaders to talk with Williams about the potential and opportunities in the LA Bioscience Corridor to create a thriving bioscience ecosystem with a strong pipeline to bioscience careers.

Supervisor Solis is one of several local leaders that supports the creation of a bioscience cluster in East LA, and retaining the region's life sciences talent and jobs. The video below recaps the Los Angeles Biotech Summit from February 2015, which featured public officials and industry leaders expressing excitement for the industry and the Corridor.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Marketplace

Thursday, April 2, 2015  |  7:30am – 12:00pm

The LA Bioscience Hub will be at this year’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Marketplace, and we hope to see you there!
The LA Bioscience Hub will co-host the roundtable, LA Bioscience Corridor: Repositioning for Innovation, with Nicholas Greif from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Business Team. The roundtable will showcase the Corridor’s exciting investment and development opportunities. You will learn about:

• Available properties in the Corridor,
• Major projects and investments coming to the Corridor,
• The City and County’s commitment to nurture the local industry and the Corridor, including the County’s recent multi-million dollar investment, and
• Why you should invest now

The LA Bioscience Corridor is home to leading research universities, medical facilities, and a highly skilled workforce. The key to unlocking the immense potential for bioscience in East LA is real estate investment. The need for commercial wet lab space exists and continues to grow. The LA Bioscience Corridor has an abundance of industrial land that is primed for repositioning and redevelopment into new bioscience facilities that support jobs and the boost the region’s economy.