Join the conversation below on Twitter! The first Los Angeles Biotech Summit was held 2/26/15 at USC and drew approximately 100 influential leaders and stakeholders committed to seeing the growth of the L.A. region’s bioscience industry.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias kicked off the program, followed by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, Nelson Rising (Chairman & CEO of Rising Realty Partners), and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Three panel discussions followed:
- Creating jobs through university spin-off companies with perspectives from researchers (moderated by LAEDC’s LA Bioscience Coalition Co-Chair & LA BioMed CEO David Meyer)–featuring four speakers who each have a track record of spinning out research from universities into successful companies.
- How can we prepare for a potential skills gap in workforce (introduced by Barbara Halsey from Halsey Consulting and moderated by LAEDC’s President & CEO Bill Allen)–featuring four speakers who are committed to addressing the workforce needs of the bioscience industry today and well into its future.
- Financing biotech economic development (introduced by Rohit Shukla from LARTA Institute and moderated by Carolyn Hull, Vice President at LAEDC)–featuring four speakers who discussed filling the funding and financing gap in the development of a successful bioscience industry.
Key takeaway from the LA Biotech Summit: the L.A. region has made bioscience industry growth a top priority with resources (both capital and human) to make L.A. the international bioscience industry leader.
World: take note.
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