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July 27, 2020

This summer, BCLA is partnering with LABH to present an exciting six-part bio-entrepreneurship series! The goal of this series is to demystify the entrepreneurial process by sharing how new biotech ventures launch, survive, and thrive. Halfway through the series, it's time to recap what we learned... 

Seminar I: A Biotechnology Entrepreneur’s Story: Advice to Future Entrepreneurs

This first seminar of 2020, entitled “A Biotechnology Entrepreneur’s Story: Advice to Future Entrepreneurs” featur...

June 23, 2020

On Thursday June 18th, BCLA hosted SpeakBio seminar, its first event in collaboration with Scismic, a job-matching platform for scientists. The event featured four mentors, who were all trained as scientists and now hold diverse positions in biotech industry. This virtual event began with introductions to BCLA and Scismic, by BCLA Vice-President, Hammond Sun and Scismic Vice-President of Business Development, Helen Vong, respectively. Each of the mentors shared their career journeys and advice f...

June 15, 2020

On June 6th, BCLA hosted another exciting virtual event showcasing entrepreneurs from Los Angeles.  The event entitled “Patterns in the pandemic: Entrepreneurs experiences and what you can learn from them” featured Dr. Priyanka Mathur, Founder & CEO of MediPocket, Dr. Joe Dunham, Co-Founder and CSO of SeqOne LLC, and Dr. Hilan Kaplan, Founder & CEO of Epoch Innovations, LLC. The webinar was moderated by Scott Witt, Entrepreneur-in-residence at West Coast CTIP. The panel discussed how entrepreneu...

June 10, 2020

BCLA held its 5th Healthcare Symposium focused on Cell & Gene Therapy: Past, Present and Future on May 28th 2020 via Zoom. With over 140 attendees, the event was a great success!  Our panelists included three researchers as well as two cancer survivors, now patient advocates, who have firsthand experience receiving cell therapies as part of their treatment regimen.

The event kicked off with an introduction to BCLA and a history of the healthcare symposium by Adhi Sikand, BCLA President, and short...

May 7, 2020

Now well into our 6th week working from home for many Californians, BCLA hosted a virtual networking happy hour to provide an opportunity to make new connections in this socially distanced time. Over 60 attendees joined 4 amazing panelists over Zoom on May 30th to share how their work and life has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists were Llewellyn Cox, general partner at MarsBio and BCLA advisory board member, Kristen Slawinski, CEO of Biofluent Communications, Pavel Ryzhv, rec...

May 5, 2020

On April 17th, 2020, BCLA hosted another successful webinar on the topic “Adapting your job search to the COVID-19 pandemic”. We were thrilled to bring Lauren Celano, Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, to support our bioscience community. Lauren suggested that job seekers adapt their job search to the continuously evolving job market. With more than 30% of jobs filled through LinkedIn, Lauren focused on this platform.

First and foremost, crafting an impressionable online presence and showcasing y...

April 24, 2020

On Tuesday April 20th, BCLA hosted its first webinar “Coronavirus by the numbers”, addressing the very topic that has us working from home and connecting via online platforms. The webinar was presented by Dr. Robert Phillips from Caltech. At the end of March 2020, Dr. Phillips and collaborators published a paper entitled “SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers” in the journal eLife, highlighting diverse aspects of the virus and its effects on humans. His webinar expanded on this topic by providing...

March 12, 2020

On Friday, February 28, BCLA hosted its biggest ever  Bioscience Talent Connection with over 200 attendees at the Michelson Center at the University of Southern California. Attendees included bioscience trainees from various universities and biotech professionals looking to grow their careers and find new opportunities, as well as company representatives looking to meet new talent.

The morning session kicked off with remarks by BCLA President, Adhi Sikand, welcoming attendees and providing an ove...

February 13, 2020

To kick off the new year, the BCLA team hosted its first event in collaboration with the LA Chapter of 3D Women in Printing. Our first ever happy hour provided an informal space to network in an informal setting. The event was a great success hosting over 50 attendees for a casual evening of networking, drinks, and appetizers at Broxton Brewery in Westwood. It was great to see new and familiar faces come together to form new connections, helping LA’s biotech scene grow and prosper!

Attendees incl...

February 10, 2020

On Saturday February 1st, BCLA hosted its first lunchtime seminar of the year at UCLA. Our speaker, Matt Crowley, a venture and mergers and acquisitions lawyer, talked about the top 10 legal mistakes for founders to avoid. Crowley founded his own law firm, Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy, where he helps first-time entrepreneurs navigate their legal challenges, is a professor at the Loyola Law School, and an author of two books on entrepreneurship and raising capital.

Based on his over 20 years o...

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