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First LA Biotech Summit Held at USC

By February 26, 2015 No Comments

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.
Biotech panelUSC 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Read the LA Times op-ed article on this subject HERE

Listen to KPCC interview LAEDC president Bill Allen

Read USC editorial coverage HERE

Learn more about L.A. County’s Bioscience Industry on LAEDC’s website HERE

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