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. 

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!

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.

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 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. 

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.