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Cal State LA honors Los Angeles biomed innovator, emerging bioscience entrepreneurs

Source: Cal State LA News Service

Michael E. Jung, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA, was honored for his significant contributions to biomedicine during a Cal State LA BioSpace ceremony celebrating emerging entrepreneurs.Michael E. Jung, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA

Jung was awarded the LA BioStar Award during the Feb. 13 graduation ceremony for participants of Cal State LA BioStart, an intensive training program for emerging bioscience entrepreneurs. The project is part of Cal State LA BioSpace, which is leading the university’s efforts to promote a thriving bioscience ecosystem in the heart of Los Angeles.

Jung, who has developed drugs that help extend the lives of men with late-stage prostate cancer, remarked on how he enjoyed sharing his passion for science and research with the Cal State LA BioStart graduates throughout the day.

“This is a wonderful program—I congratulate you on doing this and I hope you continue for a long time,” Jung told the gathering at Cal State LA. “Thank you again very much for this award. I guarantee I’ll put it in a place of honor.”

During the ceremony, 19 fellows were recognized for completing five weeks of training in business fundamentals, financing models, industrial research and development, intellectual property and other skills essential to launching and directing successful bioscience ventures.

“These graduations are always inspiring because of the great initiative, ingenuity and drive that is represented by each class and because of the ways in which all of these entrepreneurs and their projects will transform our society,” President William A. Covino said to the crowd.