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Bioscience community gathers at Cal State LA's downtown center for summer innovator spotlight

July 2017

Justin Cassity - Associate Dean, College of Professional and Global Education Cloe Zimmerman - Project Assistant, LABioStart Jill Adler-Moore - Professor of Microbiology, Cal Poly Pomona Gary Fujii - President & CEO of Molecular GPS (Event Sponsor) Bud Bishop - President of Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator (Event Sponsor) Howard Xu - Professor of Microbiology, Cal State LA & Director of LABioStart

More than 80 entrepreneurs, life science executives, faculty, students and other business community members gathered at Cal State LA’s downtown campus for a summer biotech innovator spotlight on July 25.

The networking event, hosted by LA BioStart and Cal State LA’s College of Professional and Global Education, was one of an ongoing series of industry convenings organized by LA BioStart to give members of the local bioscience community regular opportunities to connect in person. Professor Jill Adler-Moore of Cal Poly Pomona was the featured innovator. Adler-Moore invented the groundbreaking antifungal drug AmBisome.  

 

“It was a special opportunity to have Jill Adler-Moore share her experience and perspectives in an informal setting,” said Howard Xu, director of incubator development and programming for LA BioSpace, and a professor of microbiology at Cal State LA. “Dr. Adler-Moore has been a mentor to me and so many CSU colleagues and students; this gathering gave our LA BioStart participants and industry supporters a chance to ask her for tips useful to their own projects.”

Jose A. Gomez, Cal State LA’s executive vice president and chairman of the advisory board for the university’s LA BioSpace incubator noted that innovator spotlights are an important supplement to the classroom instruction segments of LA BioStart. “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 comes from these encounters,” he said.  

The July gathering was sponsored by Molecular GPS Technologies and Pasadena Bio.

 

 

 

Bioscience entrepreneurs, investors connect at Cal State LA for First Look L.A. 2017

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JUNE 2017

California State University, Los Angeles hosted some of the region’s leading bioscience research institutions during a day-long event focusing on emerging technology investment opportunities.

The Los Angeles Venture Association’s (LAVA) First Look L.A. 2017 connected investors with researchers and entrepreneurs developing cutting-edge technologies. The June 28 event was part of Cal State LA’s collaboration with public and private sector partners to promote the bioscience industry in the Los Angeles region.

Cal State LA Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jose A. Gomez welcomed guests to the event.

“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,” said Gomez, who chairs LA BioSpace, a university incubator that will enable startup firms to develop innovative technologies.

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Synova Life Sciences, John Chi, COX Business pitch competition MAY 2017

Biotechnology alumnus wins Cox Business pitch competition

California State University, Los Angeles alumnus John Chi won the top prize at the 4th Annual Cox Business Get Started Orange County Pitch competition.

The Alhambra resident is the chief executive officer of Synova Life Sciences, which has developed a new system for accessing stem cells.

“The business pitch judges recognized John’s potential and the strong impact his technology can have in meeting the needs of patients with degenerative conditions,” said Howard Xu, professor of microbiology and director for the LA BioSpace incubator at Cal State LA.

Chi founded the business while pursuing a Master of Biotechnology through the Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies. Under the instruction of Cal State LA’s Xu and other professors, the graduate program gave Chi greater experience in laboratory work and research literature while he learned about molecular and cell biology.

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A Boot Camp for Innovation in Bioscience: LABioStart

Source: Urban University

Entrepreneurs play a critical role in our economy. The innovations they develop have a cascading effect on job creation, standards of living, and growth in related industries. Teaching talented individuals to become entrepreneurs themselves and supporting them as they launch their own companies is one thing that universities can do to strengthen the economy in their communities. At California State University, Los Angeles, we understand the importance of this approach, which led us to create LABioStart, a boot camp to train emerging bioscience entrepreneurs in the region.

In partnership with the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), we have been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The department’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program helps communities create the building blocks that foster economic development through new technologies and job creation.  In addition to the flagship LABioStart boot camp, the grant will support additional programs to promote bioscience innovation and facilitate networking in the Los Angeles area. The programs will engage local governments and other partners to develop new training modules in business fundamentals, leadership skills and business competencies specific to bioscience.

With the help of a team of seasoned subject matter experts and mentors, LABioStart will train five cohorts of emerging bioscience entrepreneurs during the three-year funding period, with the first boot camp planned for summer 2017. Each cohort of boot camp participants will learn from experts and mentors during four weeks of intensive training in areas such as business formation, human resources, financing, intellectual property, visioning and strategic planning, interpersonal and communication skills, research and development process, and regulatory affairs and manufacturing.

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U.S. Commerce Department awards $500,000 to Cal State LA, Biocom Institute and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator for LABioStart boot camp
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FEBRUARY 2017

LOS ANGELES and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), have been awarded an i6 Challenge grant of nearly $500,000 to fund LABioStart, a boot camp to train emerging bioscience entrepreneurs in the region and prepare them to launch bioscience startup companies. The award is part of the Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which helps communities create the building blocks that foster economic development through new technologies and job creation.

In addition to the flagship LABioStart boot camp, the grant will support ancillary programs to promote bioscience innovation and facilitate networking in the Los Angeles area. The programs will leverage the distinct strengths of the three primary partner organizations (Cal State LA, Biocom Institute and LACI) and will engage local governments and additional partners to develop suites of training modules in business fundamentals, leadership skills and bioscience-specific business competencies.

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U.S. Commerce Department awards $500,000 to Cal State LA, Biocom Institute and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator for LABioStart boot camp

FEBRUARY 2017

LOS ANGELES and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), have been awarded an i6 Challenge grant of nearly $500,000 to fund LABioStart, a boot camp to train emerging bioscience entrepreneurs in the region and prepare them to launch bioscience startup companies. The award is part of the Department of Commerce Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program, which helps communities create the building blocks that foster economic development through new technologies and job creation.

In addition to the flagship LABioStart boot camp, the grant will support ancillary programs to promote bioscience innovation and facilitate networking in the Los Angeles area. The programs will leverage the distinct strengths of the three primary partner organizations (Cal State LA, Biocom Institute and LACI) and will engage local governments and additional partners to develop suites of training modules in business fundamentals, leadership skills and bioscience-specific business competencies.

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Students create innovative prototypes at Cal State LA BioHack

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NOVEMBER 2016

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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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SPRING 2015

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.

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 NOVEMBER 2014

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.

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