Celebrating Bioscience Entrepreneurship!

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!

You're Invited to our Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration on August 24!

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
Location TBD

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 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.

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. 

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.

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

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

Join us on December 9 for a Mixer with Biotech Connection LA

RSVP here.

Join LA Bioscience Hub and Biotech Connection LA in the LA Bioscience Corridor for an evening to meet and connect with bioscience professionals, both aspiring and established, from across LA. The evening’s program will feature co-founder of SyncFab, Jeremy Goodwin, who will share how LA’s bioscience innovators can connect with resources in bio-design and bio-printing.

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (program at 7:00 pm)

Location: The Edmonson Faculty Center at USC Health Science Campus

RSVP here.

Special thanks to our event co-sponsors: WSGR and the Graduate Student Government at USC.

To learn about sponsporship opportunities, please contact Tulsi Patel ( or 213-612-4545).

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

LABH Executive Director participates in SoCal Development Forum Breakfast Panel

On Tuesday, October 13, Southern California Development Forum hosted a Science and Technology Breakfast Panel at the Luxe Hotel. LABH Executive Director, Cecilia V. Estolano, participated on the panel to share insight on LA’s bioscience industry and trends, and what opportunities the real estate community has to plug into this growing industry. Cecilia was joined on stage by moderator Rodney Franks (Franks Consulting), and panelists Natasha Griffith (UCLA) and Mark Fitzgerald (HDR Group). After the panel we met with numerous audience members who were eager to learn more about our work and the LA Bioscience Corridor.

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.

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Marketplace

Thursday, April 2, 2015  |  7:30am – 12:00pm

The LA Bioscience Hub will be at this year’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Marketplace, and we hope to see you there!
The LA Bioscience Hub will co-host the roundtable, LA Bioscience Corridor: Repositioning for Innovation, with Nicholas Greif from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Business Team. The roundtable will showcase the Corridor’s exciting investment and development opportunities. You will learn about:

• Available properties in the Corridor,
• Major projects and investments coming to the Corridor,
• The City and County’s commitment to nurture the local industry and the Corridor, including the County’s recent multi-million dollar investment, and
• Why you should invest now

The LA Bioscience Corridor is home to leading research universities, medical facilities, and a highly skilled workforce. The key to unlocking the immense potential for bioscience in East LA is real estate investment. The need for commercial wet lab space exists and continues to grow. The LA Bioscience Corridor has an abundance of industrial land that is primed for repositioning and redevelopment into new bioscience facilities that support jobs and the boost the region’s economy.

StimULI Breakfast Panel: Formula for a Thriving LA Bioscience Corridor

Wednesday, February 11  |  7:30am – 9:00am

With established bioscience industry clusters already present in the Santa Clarita Valley and South Bay, Los Angeles County and the City of LA have pegged LA Bioscience Corridor along Valley Boulevard in East Los Angeles as the next frontier for bioscience growth in the region.

Join LA Bioscience Hub and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Los Angeles for our upcoming StimULI Breakfast panel: Formula for a Thriving LA Bioscience Corridor. You’ll hear a cross-sector panel discuss bioscience opportunities in LA and share insights on:

  • Industrial properties available on the market within the LA Bioscience Corridor;
  • The City and County’s commitment to nurture the local industry and the Corridor;
  • The value of anchoring an incubator within an industry cluster;
  • The needs of bioscience start-ups and their employees.


  • Cecilia V. Estolano, Representative for LA Bioscience Hub; Member, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors (moderator)
  • Nicholas Greif, Business Team, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
  • David Meyer, Ph.D., President and CEO, LA BioMed
  • Brett Dedeaux, President and CEO, Dedeaux Properties
  • Llewellyn CoxPh.D., CEO, Lab Launch Inc.; Principal, LieuLabs LLC


Los Angeles Buisness Journal

BioSpaceLA and the LA Bioscience Corridor are featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Read the article to learn about the LA Bioscience Corridor’s history and a vision for its future from the initiative’s partners. The article announces the LA County Board of Supervisors decision to invest $3.5 million in the creation of BioSpaceLA on the Cal State LA campus. Recent activity in the area was also highlighted, including LA Bioscience Hub’s recent real estate tour!

Check out the article here.