Biotech Leaders Academy

Celebrating the 2017 Biotech Leaders Academy Cohort

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!

You're Invited to Our Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration | August 18

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)            

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 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.

Photos from our first Biotech Leaders Academy in summer 2016

Photos from our first Biotech Leaders Academy in summer 2016

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 BioMedLA Cleantech IncubatorLabLaunch - MonroviaPasadena Bio CollaborativeProtomer 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.

Biotech Leaders Academy Returns

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.

RSVP Now Open for Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration!

Join us for the Biotech Leaders Academy Summer Celebration on Friday, August 19, 11:00am – 1:30pm, taking place at East LA College.
The lunch-time celebration will bring together everyone involved in this program’s inaugural summer, as well as other leaders in the bioscience industry and public sector. Come meet our students, learn about their summer internships, and connect with others in the field. We hope you can join us!

11:00am - 12:00pm Student Poster Presentation
12:00pm Lunch Begins
12:30pm Recognitation Program Begins

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.

Special thanks to LA2050 and the Goldhirsh Foundation for funding the Biotech Leaders Academy and this celebratory event.

The students are having wonderful internship experiences this summer, thanks to the program’s Industry Partners: QT Medical, Tempo Therapeutics, Verrix, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, LA BioMed, LabLaunch - Monrovia, LA Cleantech Incubator.