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.