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Upcoming Events

Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp Graduation & LA BioStar Award

August 14 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
La Kretz Hall Lobby & Court Yard, Los Angeles, CA
Honoring LA BioStar, Willie Zuniga, and the participants of BEBC summer 2018

Come celebrate the completion of LA BioStart’s Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp by our third cohort of participants. We will also acknowledge support by our partners and extend our thanks to all subject matter experts/mentors for their dedication and efforts in making this boot camp a great success! In addition, we will present an LA BioStar award to Willie Zuniga, President of Grifols Biologicals for his decades of devotion, contribution and support of biotechnology/bioscience workforce development and economic development in the regon.

There will be a short program from 6:45 to 7:30 pm, followed by a networking event.

Finger food and beverages will be provided, and a cash bar available.

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Past Events


BCLA Healthcare Symposium: The Opioid Epidemic

Tuesday, May 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute

The goal of this event is to bring a diversity of stakeholders to partake in this important discussion, including academics, industry professionals, public health educators, policymakers and patient advocates.

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Ignite 22: Tech Showcase and Collaboration

April 12 | 8:00 a.m.
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles Complex, San Pedro, CA 90731

Join future thinkers, technologists, investors and industry, for a curated tech showcase featuring transformative initiatives and innovations that help shape, build, sustain and move the future, on land, at sea, in space. 

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Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp Graduation & LA BioStar Award

February 16 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cal State LA University Club, Los Angeles, CA
Honoring LA BioStar, Wendie Johnston, and the participants of BEBC winter 2018

By Cal State LA News Service

Wendie Johnston was recognized by the LA BioStart training program at California State University, Los Angeles for her contributions to the region’s burgeoning bioscience industry.

Johnston, lab director for the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, was awarded the first LA BioStar Award during the Feb. 16 graduation ceremony for participants in the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. The award was created to honor the contributions of bioscience leaders in the region.

“The real message is: It takes a village,” Johnston told the gathering at Cal State LA. “It takes collaboration, it takes partnerships, it takes negotiations.”

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Photo Highlights:

Wendie Johnston, LA BioStar Winter 2018

BEBC Summer '17 Participants and staff with Hilda Solis and William Covino

BEBC W'18 participant Nzola De Magalhaes


Holiday Biotech Networking Mixer

December 5 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
WeWork Culver City

Thanks to all our partners in throwing the Holiday Biotech Networking mixer, organized in conjunction with Biotech Connections Los Angeles. Our Innovator Spotlight featured a talk by Prof. Aydogan Ozcan concerning upcomming breakthroughs in imaging and diagnostics happening right here in Los Angeles



LAVA Meet the VC

October 18 | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402

LA BioStart was a proud co-sponsor of the 9th anual Meet the VC conference, which showcased 80 of the hottest early stage and emerging growth technology, life sciences and clean-tech innovators along with presentations for 40 Venture and Angel investors.



Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp Graduation & Reception

August 16 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cal State LA University Club, Los Angeles, CA
Supervisor Solis commends LA BioStart graduates at Cal State LA event

By Cal State LA News Service

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis commended bioscience entrepreneurs who graduated from the LA BioStart training program at California State University, Los Angeles, saying they will help spur economic development across the region.

During the August 16 event, Solis and Cal State LA President William A. Covino agreed to collaborate on several initiatives to promote the regional bioscience industry. The initiatives include county support for a high school summer STEM academy that the University conducts with Grifols Biologicals Inc., as well as programs to increase internships and professional development opportunities for students interested in careers in the life sciences.

Solis said she looked forward to working with Cal State LA to enrich the region.

“The biotech industry can find a home here,” she said during the graduation. “This is wonderful. The sky is the limit.”

Covino welcomed Solis and other guests who filled the University Club on campus.

“Projects like LA BioStart energize interest in biotechnology and bioscience,” Covino told the gathering. “LA BioStart fits right into the mission of Cal State LA.”

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Photo Highlights:

MOU Signing

BEBC Summer '17 Participants and staff with Hilda Solis and William Covino

CalstateLA Alumni and Faculty


Summer Downtown LA Biotech Networking Mixer: Innovator Spotlight - Prof. Jill Adler-Moore

July 25 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cal State LA Downtown Campus
Featured Presenter: Dr. Jill Adler-Moore
Co-organized by LA BioStart & PaGE, of Cal State LA

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.


Photo Highlights

Jill Adlermoore
Jill Adlermoore


First Look L.A. - Innovation Showcase

June 28 | 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cal State LA Golden Eagle Ballrooms 1 & 2, Los Angeles, CA
Bioscience entrepreneurs, investors connect at Cal State LA for First Look L.A. 2017

By Cal State LA News Service

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.

Photo Highlights

Cal State LA administrators with LAVA executive director Len Lanzi


East LA Biotech Mixer: New Opportunities for Bioscience Innovators in LA

April 26 | 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cal State LA University Club, Los Angeles, CA
Featured Presenters: Speakers from Verrix & Xencor

On Wednesday evening, April 26, 2017, nearly 70 biotechnology professionals, government representatives and education leaders, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and students gathered at the University Club on the campus of Cal State LA for an exciting networking event, jointly organized by Cal State LA, Biotech Connection LA and Biocom LA, with sponsorship from Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC company. The mixer began with a brief update by Dr. Howard Xu, Director of Incubator Development and Programming, on the development of LA BioSpace incubator and the implementation of the Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp project. Dina Lozofsky, Executive Director of Biocom’ LA office, also announced the launch of the Biocom Life Science Catalyst Awards in the LA region – an annual celebration of the most inspiring and driven young academics, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and business advisers who are making their mark on the Southern California life science community before their 40th birthdays. The highlights of the evening belong to the Biotechnology Company Spotlights: overviews by executives of two local companies.

First, Dr. Ed Baracchini, Chief Business Officer of Xencor, summarized the history, technology platforms and clinical pipelines of his company. Subsequently, Verrix LLC’s founder and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Adrian Ponce introduced his company’s business model and scientific progress. In the final remarks, the President of Biotech Connection LA, Yari Fontebasso, also expressed how exciting biotech in LA is becoming, and how the BCLA team could not be prouder of being part of this movement. BCLA’s most anticipated event of the year - Entrepreneurship Summit 2017, The Conscious Entrepreneur - was also introduced, and everyone was encouraged to attend. Thereafter, event participants actively engaged in casual and lively dialogues, catching up among old friends and establishing new contacts. Thank you to everyone who helped make the East LA Biotechnology Mixer a rousing success!


Photo Highlights:

Speaker, Dr. Adrian Ponce, Founder & Cheif Scientific Officer, Verrix
Dr. Yari Fontebasso, chapter president, BCLA
Speaker, Dr. Ed Baracchini (center), Chief Buisiness Officer, Xencor, speaking with guests


LA BioMed's 4th Annual Innovation Showcase

March 9, 2017
Manhattan Beach Marriott, Manhattan Beach, CA
Featured Speakers: J.P. Kim, Dina Lozofsky, Sara Radcliffe, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rohit Sukla

The Innovation Showcase will be attended by over 300 entrepreneurs, investors, executives from biotech and pharma medical devices companies, legal experts, service providers, prominent scientists, and technology transfer personnel from premier academic institutions. Please join us for inspiring presentations featuring the latest innovations in therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices from start-ups across California.

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Photo Highlights:

Dean of Natural and Social Sciences (far right)
Cal State LA team at @LABioMEd52’s Innovation Showcase spreading word on @US_EDA-backed LABioStart training with @BioComCA and @LACIncubator.


Biotech Entrepreneurship Coalition Seminar Series

February 23, 2017 | 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
USC HSC, Broad CIRM Center, Rm. 101
Sponsored by EvoRX Technologies | Hosted by Biotech Connection LA (BCLA) and [email protected]

Stephen Fiacco, Ph.D., is President and CEO of EvoRX Technologies, a biotechnology company in Pasadena, CA. He will be talking about his experience going from academia to starting his own company, and answering questions about biotechnology entrepreneurship. Join us to learn about a rewarding and exciting career path.

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