Cal State L.A. receives $3.5 million to fund a bioscience incubator

The incubator promises to give birth to new opportunities for students, businesses.

Los Angeles---Cal State L.A. 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 L.A., 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 L.A., led the effort to secure the funding.

L-r: Oscar Diaz, President Covino, and Gloria Molina

“Cal State L.A. has a long history of educating minority undergraduate and master’s students who go on to earn Ph.D.s at top research universities across the country,” Supervisor Molina said. “This diverse group of graduates reflects the makeup of the Eastside, and what better way to retain these talented students than to provide them high quality jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities so that they can continue to live and invest in this community.”

Bioscience is a growing industry. As other industries shed jobs during the recession, L.A.’s bioscience industry continued to grow. Bioscience deals with the structure and behavior of living organisms. The bioscience industry includes major areas such as agriculture, drugs and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and instruments, hospitals and laboratories, and research and testing.

Covino thanked Molina and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the grant and for the opportunity the lab will offer students.

“We are grateful to our friend and staunch supporter, Supervisor Molina, and to the Board of Supervisors for this generous grant,” Covino said to the gathering Thursday. “This kind of strong support allows us to grow as a university and to develop even more accomplished students.”  

Covino is a proponent of active learning environments that are permeated with curricular, pedagogical and technological innovation. The new lab will become that type of environment, a space that offers students an invaluable experience, while also serving the community and the county.

“When the university is a hub for applied research and scholarship that produces new solutions, the local community, the region, and students can thrive,” Covino said.

Thursday’s launch included a tour of current labs and a presentation by students in Cal State L.A.’s Minority Opportunities in Research programs.

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