Summer is an exciting time here at the LA Bioscience Hub. Last week we kicked off our fourth cohort of Biotech Leaders Academy. Our work supports a new generation of bioscience leaders that reflect our region's diversity. This work would not be possible without the support of our incredible company partners who provide transformative experiences for our students. This work would not be possible without you - our supporters, friends, and organizational partners.
LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp at Cal State LA has applications open for its winter 2019 cohort. The LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp is a five-week, highly interactive, intensive training program pairing emerging bioscience entrepreneurs with industry experts and executives for rapid training in business fundamentals, bioscience knowledge and leadership skills. There is no cost to attend with complimentary food and parking for all participants. The courses will be primarily held on the Cal State LA campus, with a few sessions being offered in downtown Loos Angeles. Upon successful completion of the boot camp, participants will receive a full year of membership to Biocom.
Open to early-stage and emerging entrepreneurs, including scientists, engineers, faculty, principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. See http://www.calstatela.edu/LABioStart/bootcamp for more information or contact LABioStart@calstatela.edu with any questions.
We're declaring August Bioscience Entrepreneurship Month!
Just last week, we celebrated the accomplishments of our 3rd cohort of students in the Biotech Leaders Academy. The event was graciously hosted by East LA Community College and we were joined by Supervisor Hilda Solis who shared the importance of cultivating a locally-grown bioscience workforce. Biotech Leaders Academy is a summer program that creates new professional opportunities for East LA’s community college students pursuing life sciences degrees by providing them with entrepreneurship training and industry internships. This year we had 12 students complete our entrepreneurship seminar and we were able to place seven of them in summer internships with local biotech companies! Through the Biotech Leaders Academy, we work to support a new generation of biotech leaders that reflect our region's diversity.
And, earlier this month our friends at Cal State LA hosted a graduation ceremony for the 23 emerging bioscience entrepreneurs who completed their LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. LA BioStart is an intensive 5-week program where early-stage bioscience entrepreneurs receive training in business fundamentals, financing models, industrial research and development and other tools essential to starting and sustaining successful bioscience ventures. Read more about LA Biostart's event here.
It's exciting to see LA's bioscience ecosystem working to foster science entrepreneurs at all stages in their careers and we're hopeful and excited for our region's future!
We hope you'll join us to celebrate the achievements of the 3rd Biotech Leaders Academy cohort as they wrap up their entrepreneurship seminar and internships. Details below.
Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration
Friday, August 24
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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 coming soon!
This is a community celebration, bringing together bioscience industry leaders, academics, friends and supporters of the Los Angeles Bioscience Hub. Come meet our students, learn about the great work they're doing this summer, and connect with others in the field.
This celebratory event is made possible with generous support from Wells Fargo, East Los Angeles College, Pasadena City College, and UniHealth Foundation.
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 seven diverse, bright students from East LA College and Pasadena City College into paid internships at bioscience companies across LA County. An additional four students joined our cohort to participate in our program’s five-module entrepreneurship seminar about the fundamentals of starting and sustaining a bioscience company.
LA Bioscience Hub is hiring a full-time Executive Director! We’ve established LABH in the region’s life science ecosystem as a partner and advocate for a thriving, inclusive bioscience industry. Now, LABH seeks to hire a dynamic individual who can continue driving the vision and mission forward, and grow the organization’s impact and reach.
Click here to view the job description. Please share the position description across your networks.
Application deadline is September 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
Applications for 2018 Summer session are now open for the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp . This intensive five-week, hands-on, training program will pair 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 (10 min from Downtown LA), the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)/La Kretz Innovation Center in the Arts District, and Nixon Peabody in Downtown Los Angeles.
Submit your application by June 20, 2018. Apply today!
Boot Camp dates: July 16 - August 14
The boot camp is made possible through a collaborative partnership among Cal State LA, Biocom Institute, and LACI.
If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact LABioStart@calstatela.edu.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 BioMed, LA Cleantech Incubator, LabLaunch - Monrovia, Pasadena Bio Collaborative, Protomer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fiacco, President 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 Casper, Henry 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 Shukla, CEO 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.
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.
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.