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.