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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...

July 24, 2019

Following last year’s successful event, BCLA hosted a Biotech Career Workshop for the BUGS (Bridge Undergraduate Science) program organized by our core sponsor, The Bridge Institute at USC. We organized a Career Workshop where we invited three speakers from entirely different educational backgrounds to give the high school and undergraduate students insight into their career paths. In the introductory remarks BCLA’s Development Lead, Hammond Sun, emphasized the importance of being aware of the o...

July 17, 2019

Entrepreneurs and academics from all over the LA area came together on June 27th to celebrate the beginning of the summer and the end of another year full of amazing events and success for the BCLA team and our sponsors. The event was hosted at the brand new BioLabs, an 80,000 sqft state-of the-art coworking lab and office space located at the LA BioMed campus in Torrance. The event featured spotlight presentations from our coresponsors Magnify incubator and The Bridge from USC.

First up, Brian B...

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...

May 15, 2019

On Thursday, April 24th, BCLA teamed up with Health 2.0 and Superlanet to host a networking mixer at Phase Two in Culver City. The event began with guests enjoying appetizers as well as an assortment of beers provided by our sponsor, Broxton Brewery. During this brief reception, guests were able to meet with old friends and network with new connections, including investors, professionals from the biotech industry, startups, and academics.

After the reception, it was time for the presentations fro...

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...

April 17, 2019

On Friday, March 22nd, BCLA welcomed Alex Kopelyan, program director and partner at IndieBio to UCLA for a lunch seminar. The event was attended by a great diversity of people, including investors, scientific professionals, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Alex started the program with a keynote presentation on the background, mission and successes of the accelerator’s portfolio. A strong focus of the presentation was to introduce attendees to the benefits of IndieBio, how they can help to streamlin...

March 11, 2019

On Friday, February 27th, BCLA organized the 4th annual Bioscience Talent Connection event at the new Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience at USC. As BCLAs biggest USC event of the year, we expected a great turn out and that is exactly what we got! Over 130 attendees came for a day of highly informative talks and networking opportunities.

The day began with breakfast and registration which saw close to 100 attendees arriving early for the event! Following breakfast, BCLA president, Evgeny B...

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