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).