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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...

February 12, 2019

In our efforts to reach new audiences we held a networking mixer in Pasadena on January 31st at a beautiful space generously provided by Studio 55, ADP Innovation Center.  This was the second time we organized an event in Pasadena, and just like before this event quickly reached capacity with more than 120 attendees gathering to network and hear presentations by our event sponsors. Attendees represented different sectors with many industry professionals, biotech leaders and people from academia....

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