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Cal State LA launches LA BioStart, a five-week training program for bioscience entrepreneurs

The LA BioStart training program for bioscience entrepreneurs is now underway at California State University, Los Angeles.

A five-week program funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, LA BioStart provides start-up companies training, mentoring and business knowledge essential to starting and sustaining bioscience ventures. LA BioStart is a collaboration between Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

Cal State LA Bioscience Bootcamp

“We can’t wait to see what discoveries are on the horizon from LA BioStart’s highly distinguished inaugural cohort of fellows,” said Cal State LA’s Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez, who also chairs LA BioSpace, the university’s bioscience incubator. “We appreciate the leadership of the Biocom Institute, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and other partners that helped make this program a reality.”

Through programs such as LA BioStart, Cal State LA encourages the growth of the bioscience industry in Southern California.

“Bioscience holds tremendous promise for our region,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “We’re proud to support those who are creating new technologies and new companies in this growing industry.”

The LA BioStart training, which takes place at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is offered at no cost and led by top industry experts. Topics include business fundamentals, financing models, industrial research and development, regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical trials, leadership skills, and communication strategies.

“It is exciting to see highly motivated boot camp participants gaining skills and competencies that are outside their traditional fields of training,” said Howard Xu, who is the director of LA BioStart and a professor of microbiology at Cal State LA.

Photo: right to left, Professor Xin Wen and her research team members, Tania Garcia and Rebecca Vargas. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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California State University, Los Angeles is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. Cal State LA is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 28,000 students and has more than 245,000 distinguished alumni.

Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center. For more information, visit

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