Celebrating the Graduation of LA BioStart Participants and the LA BioStar Award

Last month, the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp celebrated the graduation of the second cohort of participants. These emerging bioscience entrepreneurs participated in a five-week, intensive training that focused on business fundamentals and leadership skills. The program offers training, mentoring, and workshops - all led by top industry experts.

LA BioStart also awarded its first LA BioStar Award to Wendie Johnston, Director of Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator. The award honors the contributions of leaders in the bioscience industry. Dr. Johnston has been an incredible partner to the LA Bioscience Hub, including her efforts to provide transformative experiences for her interns in the Biotech Leaders Academy.

LA BioStart is a collaboration of Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The program is part of LA BioSpace Incubator, a project by LA County and Cal State LA that will serve as the launching pad for bioscience start-ups in the LA Bioscience Corridor. LA BioSpace will be housed in the Rongxiang Xu Innovation Center at Cal State LA, a 20,000-square foot facility that will provide low-cost space and equipment for up to 25 businesses. Construction on this new facility is scheduled to complete this year.

Meet the graduating LA BioStart’s Winter 2018 cohort here.

Apply for the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp

Applications for 2018 Winter session are now open for the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp . Beginning on January 16, the boot camp is a five-week, hands-on, intensive training program that pairs emerging bioscience entrepreneurs with leading industry experts and executives for training in business fundamentals, bioscience knowledge, and leadership skills.

Sessions will be held at the Cal State LA campus and at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)/La Kretz Innovation Center in the Arts District. The boot camp is made possible through a collaborative partnership among Cal State LA, Biocom Institute, and LACI.

The deadline for applications has been extended to December 29, 2017. Apply today!

Spotlight on Biotech in Los Angeles - Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Coalition Seminar Series

The Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Coalition (BEC) will kick-off their Seminar Series on Tuesday, October 10 at USC. The event - Biotech in Los Angeles: One Scientist's Journey form Bench to Business - will feature Dr. Tanya Petrossian sharing her experience navigating academia, industry, and entrepreneurship to start her biotech company in Los Angeles. 

Register for the event here.

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The Biotech Entrepreneurship Coalition aims to increase entrepreneurship education for biomedical scientists in LA. The BEC is led by Biotech Connection Los Angeles (BCLA) and includes Lab Launch Inc, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), Biocom, LA Bioscience Hub, The City of Los Angeles, LAEDC, HTE@USC, LA BioMed, Cal State LA and Larta Institute. 


Urban Land magazine - from the Urban Land Institute - features LABH and HATCH in an article about the realities and opportunities of real estate development in the LA Bioscience Corridor.

The article highlights the importance of ready-to-use lab spaces and necessary stakeholder engagement in order to cultivate bioscience innovation. The Corridor is home to some of the last remaining parcels of industrial land in Los Angeles. Throughout the region, industrial land is being rezoned and converted into residential uses, but this area in East Los Angeles is prime for welcoming the next wave of manufacturing and production. 

One such space is HATCH - from real estate investment partners Agora and ASG - which is currently under construction and features the adaptive reuse of an 20,000 sq. ft. abandoned furniture factory and warehouse in the Corridor. HATCH will provide flexible, multi-tenant lab and office space for life science companies. 

Read the full Urban Land article here. Urbanize.LA also picked up this story in a recent article.

  Renderings of HATCH show flexible and dynamic working space for emerging bioscience companies that have outgrown their incubators and ready to move into dedicated lab and office space in East Los Angeles. (BAM Architecture)

Renderings of HATCH show flexible and dynamic working space for emerging bioscience companies that have outgrown their incubators and ready to move into dedicated lab and office space in East Los Angeles. (BAM Architecture)

Celebrating the 2017 Biotech Leaders Academy Cohort

On Friday, August 18, we celebrated the 2017 Biotech Leaders Academy cohort with our students, company partners, and cross-sector leaders. Some of our students from last year's cohort came back to celebrate with us too!

Grifols generously hosted the event on their beautiful campus patio, where students presented their summer internship accomplishments. Through Biotech Leaders Academy, students expereienced and learned about the breadth of the life sciences sector. For example, Luis Nava (intern at LA Cleantech Incubator) designed and developed a new medical device, Carla Gonzalez (intern at Protomer Technologies) carried out research and development on glucose-responsive insulin, and Eric Romero built a 3D printer.

In addition to learning from our students about cutting edge biotech companies and innovations, attendees had the opportunity to mingle other guests from the public, academic, nonprofit, and bioscience sectors.

LA Bioscience Hub, the Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti recognized the students for their summer achievements. We also recognized our Company Partners for their contributions to making LA's bioscience industry more inclusive of students and residents in East Los Angeles.

This summer concludes another successful year of having a real impact in the lives of our students - propelling them further towards their goals in the bioscience sector by creating new and critical access to opportunities, experiences, and networks. If you'd like to support the continuation and growth of the Biotech Leaders Academy, please consider making a donation here.

Check out photos from the event below!

LA's Bioscience Community Gathers at Cal State LA Downtown Center for Innovator Spotlight

Cal State LA works with industry partners to promote bioscience innovation and support the growth of the bioscience industry in Southern California. On July 25, LA BioStart and Cal State LA's College of Professional and Global Education hosted a networking event at the Cal State LA Downtown Center. More than 80 entrepreneurs, life science executives, faculty, students, and other business community members gathered together for a biotech innovator spotlight. The event is part of an ongoing series of industry convenings designed to bring the local bioscience community together. The featured innovator speakers was Professor Jill Adler-Moore of Cal Poly Pomona who invented the groundbreaking antifungal drug AmBisome.

The innovator spotlights serve as an important supplement to the more traditional classroom instruction modules of the LA BioStart program. Jose A. Gomez, Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Advisory Board for Cal State LA's LA BioSpace Incubator, noted, "these events are a great way to get folks out of their labs and offices for a bit to enjoy each other’s company and make connections. Sometimes great ideas and inspiration come from these encounters."

Read more about the event from the news release here.

Cal State LA Launches LA BioStart Entrepreneur Boot Camp

In early July, Cal State LA launched the LA BioStart program - a 5-week bioscience entrepreneur boot camp - out of the university's LA BioSpace Incubator. The boot camp is a collaborative effort between Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The program, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, provides training, mentoring, and business knowledge workshops to start-up companies and other early stage entrepreneurs.

The first cohort consists of eleven participants and applications are being accepted for the Winter 2018 cohort. The LA BioStart training is offered at no cost and led by top industry experts. Workshops cover a wide range of topics related to bioscience business, business fundamentals, and essential leadership skills.

Meet this summer's cohort and read more about the program here.

You're Invited to Our Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration | August 18

We hope you'll join us to celebrate the achievements of the 2nd Biotech Leaders Academy cohort as they wrap up their entrepreneurship seminar and internships. Details below.

Biotech Leaders Academy End-of-Summer Celebration

Friday, August 18
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grifols (2410 Lillyvale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032)            

Event Schedule
2:00 - 3:00 Student Presentations Gallery and Networking
3:00 - 4:00 Students and Partners Recognition Program
(light food and refreshments will be served)

RSVP HERE: https://biotechleaders2017.eventbrite.com

This celebration will bring together everyone involved in the Biotech Leaders Academy program as well as leaders in the bioscience industry, and academic, private, and public sectors. Come meet our students, learn about their summer internships, and connect with others in the field.

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.

  Photos from our first Biotech Leaders Academy in summer 2016

Photos from our first Biotech Leaders Academy in summer 2016

This celebratory event is made possible with generous support from Wells Fargo and Grifols.

The students are having wonderful internship experiences this summer, thanks to our program’s Industry Partners: LA BioMedLA Cleantech IncubatorLabLaunch - MonroviaPasadena Bio CollaborativeProtomer Technologies, and Verrix.

About Biotech Leaders Academy: Biotech Leaders Academy nurtures and expands the Los Angeles region’s entrepreneurial and innovation economy. We are developing a more inclusive local economy by creating opportunities for students from populations that are underrepresented in the biotech industry.This summer, we placed eight diverse, bright students from Cal State LA, East LA Community College, Los Angeles City College, and Pasadena City College into paid internships at bioscience companies across LA County. Plus, ten additional students joined our cohort and participated in the program’s five-module entrepreneurship seminar about the fundamentals of starting and sustaining a bioscience company.

First Look L.A. Connects Bioscience Entrepreneurs and Investors at Cal State LA

Last week, Cal State LA hosted First Look L.A., an annual event from the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) focused on nurturing, supporting, and strengthening start-ups, emerging technologies, and investment opportunities. This was the first year Cal State LA hosted and the event was a tremendous success. Innovators, investors, and industry leaders convened in the LA Bioscience Corridor and had a chance to learn more about all the opportunity and potential that continues to grow in the area. LABH attends every year and we continue to build new and meaningful relationships with industry professionals whom we meet at First Look LA. 


In his welcome address to event guests, Cal State LA's Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer, Jose A. Gomez, stated, "Cal State LA is promoting strong partnerships to develop a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. The future is right here—in L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley region." Gomez also chairs LA BioSpace, Cal State LA's incubator that will enable startup firms to develop innovative technologies in the LA Bioscience Corridor.

Learn more about the event here: press release

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.


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.


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. 


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.

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.


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

Click here to Register

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


  • 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.

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.