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August 31, 2020

As we wrap up this summer season and prepare for the academic year ahead, it's time to look back on the second half of the Bio-Entrepreneurship Series co-hosted with LA Bioscience Hub. Read the coverage on the first three seminars here.

Seminar IV: Licensing the Technology: Biotechnology Commercialization Strategies

The fourth Bio-Entrepreneurship Seminar in collaboration with LA Bioscience Hub featured Bandhana Katoch, JD, MBA, MS, the Director of Sustainability Practice at Larta Institute. 

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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...

December 16, 2019

BCLA was happy to welcome attendees to hear John Wetherell give an insightful talk at our December Lunch-seminar held at the Lundquist Institute (previously LA Biomed). The lunch-seminar was co-hosted by BioLabs in their state-of-the-art research space on the 3rd floor of the stunning new MRL building. Before the talk, attendees from start-ups, academia and biotech industry mingled with each-other over a refreshing lunch served in the café of Biolabs with views over the campus and the mountains...

December 13, 2019

Team BCLA excitedly welcomed LA’s biotech community to our last networking mixer of the year! It was exciting to see a mixture of new and familiar faces getting to meet each other over drinks and appetizers, at the beautiful rooftop space in DTLA provided by Nixon Peabody.

After light refreshments, attendees were escorted into the conference room for our fireside chat featuring Lukasz Kowalik from UCLA TDG, Radhika Palkar from USC Stevens Center, Harsh Parikh and Alex Busto from Nixon Peabody. Th...

November 18, 2019

Following on from the highly successful BCLA summit, the team dove straight into another huge event, this time at Amgen in collaboration with AWIS, HBA and Amgen WE2. A diverse mix of high profile individuals from Amgen, including Raymond Deshaies, Sr VP of Global Research, Rohini Deshpande, VP of Drug Substance Technology,  Patrick Dey, VP Digital Health and Innovation, and Corinne M. Le Goff, Sr VP, General Manager of US General Medicine, took to the stage to delve into ‘The future of drug dev...

November 13, 2019

Keynote

A Saturday morning abuzz with excitement at UCLA CNSI’s auditorium filled with students, budding scientists and entrepreneurs to hear Xencor’s CEO and Co-Founder, Bassil Dahiyat’s 20-year story on building out the company now at 150 employees and valued at an impressive $1.85B. Bassil took attendees on his journey beginning at the end of his doctoral studies at Caltech. During his graduate years, Bassil and his doctoral advisor had been working on improving the efficiency of protein desig...

November 12, 2019

On Tuesday September 24, BCLA hosted its first networking mixer of the 2019-20 academic year. Featured in our mixer was a fireside chat at Studio 55, Pasadena,  with Basepaws CEO Anna Skaya, moderated by Christy Conner. 

Anna began the fireside chat talking about the history of Basepaws, from her initial idea to the whirlwind of start-up life and where she sees the of the company.  Basepaws, now based in the Lundquist Institute accelerator (formerly LA BioMed), has allowed for the growth of...

June 13, 2019

On Tuesday, May 28th, BCLA hosted its annual healthcare focused event, a panel discussion at UCLA’s Anderson school of management. With both early stage startups and healthcare industry giants GE contributing to the discussion, the event proved to be both informative and exciting. The audience learned about how AI is currently employed within various areas of healthcare and future perspectives of the technology.

The evening began with an introduction from BCLA’s president, Evgeny Bondarenko who h...

April 18, 2019

On Wednesday, April 10th, BCLA and Lab Launch presented the first Biotech Entrepreneurship Coalition (BEC) Seminar of 2019. The event was held at Norris Cancer Center on USC HSC Campus and many people coming both from industry and academia attended. The audience enjoyed a fantastic talk on “How to fund a startup and the essentials for attracting private investment”, by serial entrepreneur Llewellyn Cox. 

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April 17, 2019

Saturday, April 13th, BCLA in collaboration with LAVA hosted a seminar on Legal Training for entrepreneurs at the Michelson Centre for Convergent Sciences at USC. The main speaker, Matt Crowley, is a successful venture lawyer in Los Angeles County. Mr. Crowley’s practice is focused on assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses and achieving their goals for growth, having a keen interest specifically in start-ups. Since, 2006, Mr. Crowley has been actively involved with LA Venture Associa...

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