Students create innovative prototypes at Cal State LA BioHack

BioHack event



Laptop screens illuminated students' faces while they drank endless cups of coffee. Some took short naps to refresh while others stayed awake the entire night. Their workspace was a mess of wires and circuit boards. All were trying to figure out how to solder this circuit or code that program. The clock was ticking. At the end it would all be worth it: they would survive the hackathon.

Called the BioHack because it focused on solving problems through biotechnology, the event was the first of its kind in Cal State LA history. The goal: support young entrepreneurs and technologists as they develop their problem-solving skills.

In the Golden Eagle Ballroom, 12 teams of students from an array of majors and different universities used a combination of hardware, coding and biotech knowledge to design and build products that tackled issues related to food, agriculture and healthcare technology.



LA Biospace



Obama Administration boosts bioscience industry growth with $3.2 million for Cal State LA

The budding Los Angeles biosciences industry got a major boost from the federal government Wednesday with a $3.2 million grant to Cal State LA.

The funds from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will be used to construct a new laboratory building at Cal State LA. But unlike academic laboratories, the Cal State LA biosciences incubator will provide laboratory space for startup scientific companies. 


Students working on LA Biospace lab projects


JULY 2015

U.S. commerce official, L.A. county supervisor promote bioscience industry at Cal State LA

United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis visited the Cal State LA campus Wednesday afternoon to promote the development of the bioscience industry in the area.


Cal State LA's bioscience incubator will nurture start-up businesses while providing opportunities to students

bioscience lab research



For years, Cal State LA has been a leader in providing academic research and laboratory training opportunities for students who have gone on to earn Ph.D.’s in critical science-related fields. Those efforts received a significant boost last fall when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors awarded a $3.5-million grant to the University to help fund a bioscience incubator.

BioSpace LA will feature up to 20,000 square feet of lab space in the Physical Sciences building, where students and faculty can work with start-up businesses on innovative bioscience projects. The funding was championed by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who sought to jump-start the bioscience industry on Los Angeles’ Eastside and leverage the University’s proven track record of educating science students, especially those from underrepresented communities.



LA Biospace



Cal State LA receives $3.5 million to fund a bioscience incubator

Cal State LA President William A. Covino and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina today launched a new incubator on campus that will provide students and start-up businesses an opportunity to work together on innovative bioscience projects.  

The incubator, which is called BioSpace LA, is funded with a $3.5 million grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. It will feature up to 20,000 square feet of lab space dedicated to bioscience research and collaboration. Molina, whose district includes Cal State LA, led the effort to secure the funding.