Upcoming Events

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 is a proud co-sponsor of the 9th anual Meet the VC conference, which will showcase 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.

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Past Events

Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp Graduation & Reception

August 16 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cal State LA University Club, Los Angeles, CA

Celebrate the completion of LA BioStart’s Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp by our inaugural 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!

There will be a short program from 6:30 to 7:15 to be followed by a networking event.

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

LA BioStart and the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) invite you to our Summer Biotech Mixer. Join us, along with our summer boot camp participants and mentors at Cal State LA's beautiful Downtown LA campus to learn more about the exciting developments and upcoming entrepreneurial training opportunities for life scientists/engineers in LA region. The mixer will have a short program, “Innovator Spotlight”, featuring the inventor/developer of antifungal drug AmBisome: Prof Jill Adler-Moore from Cal Poly Pomona. A pioneer in biotechnology research and student training, Prof. Adler-Moore is an instructor and mentor for Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp summer 2017. She will discuss her journey of discovering and developing AmBisome into an effective marketed drug. You will have opportunities to interact and network with Prof. Adler-Moore, other entrepreneurs, business leaders, governmental officials and scientists/engineers. Validated parking is available for registered attendees of the mixer in the above ground structure, located at 801 South Grand Ave.  RSVP for our complimentary mixer and don’t miss the chance to connect with likeminded peers and learn a few tips on starting a biotech business!

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

First Look L.A. supports, nurtures and stimulates our unique culture in Southern California, while furthering L.A.s position as a center for start-up and emerging technology. In addition to other presenters, venture capitalists and early stage angel investors attended the event, along with local elected officials, business leaders and senior administrators from the universities.


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!

Speaker, Dr. Adrian Ponce, Founder & Cheif Scientific Officer, VerrixRegistration Table

Dr. Yari Fontebasso, chapter president, BCLA

Dr. Howard Xu, Dina Lozofsky & Tara Hytrek

Speaker, Dr. Ed Baracchini (center), Chief Buisiness Officer, Xencor, speaking with guests

Jose Gomez, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Cal State LA





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.

@CalStateLA Prof. Howard Xu, Nat. Social Sciences Dean Pamela Scott-Johnson and alumnus Jim Cooper @LABioMed52’s Innovation Showcase

Cal State LA team at @LABioMEd52’s Innovation Showcase spreading word on @US_EDA-backed LABioStart training with @BioComCA and @LACIncubator.

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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 HTE@USC

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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