Cal State LA

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.

Cal State LA Launches LA BioStart Entrepreneur Boot Camp

In early July, Cal State LA launched the LA BioStart program - a 5-week bioscience entrepreneur boot camp - out of the university's LA BioSpace Incubator. The boot camp is a collaborative effort between Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The program, funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, provides training, mentoring, and business knowledge workshops to start-up companies and other early stage entrepreneurs.

The first cohort consists of eleven participants and applications are being accepted for the Winter 2018 cohort. The LA BioStart training is offered at no cost and led by top industry experts. Workshops cover a wide range of topics related to bioscience business, business fundamentals, and essential leadership skills.

Meet this summer's cohort and read more about the program 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. 

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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.

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.

APPLY:  HERE.
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.

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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.

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.

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.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend our tour event in the LA Bioscience Corridor on October 9!

Special thanks go to Grifols for opening up their beautiful patio for the event, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina for her leadership in sponsoring the tour, Cal State LA for their strong partnership, and Jones Lang LaSalle and the City of Los Angeles for their support in making this event a success.

The tour on October 9, 2014 featured prime industrial properties in the LA Bioscience Corridor. Representatives from industry, government, and universities were present to share news and information on the area.

We have events scheduled over the next several months and into 2015, including the groundbreaking of BioSpaceLA (the future LA County/Cal State LA Incubator), a StimULI Breakfast, and more real estate tours. Stay tuned for details on these upcoming events.

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