By: Dana Bartholomew Once barren, region now features nine programs supporting 50 companies Jason Sharkey of Platinum Group Coatings meets with Rep. Judy Chu and Pasadena Bio's President, Robert "Bud" Bishop A Los Angeles biotech startup hoping to launch the next big drug or medical device might have gone broke trying to open a research laboratory as recently as the turn of the century. Not so these days – fledgling firms in the region now can rent lab space at a growing number of life science incubators, which can cut costs and help draw millions of dollars in support for promising drugs and medical devices. The region’s incubators were showcased April 5 at a UCLA conference in support of startup ...
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March 5, 2018 - We are thrilled! Out of 13 companies that pitched at UCLA, Deton was chosen as the Winner of the Audience Choice Award. The audience included judges from Illumina Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickinson, Amgen, W.L. Gore, Bristol Capital Advisors, venture capital firms, and local angel groups. Deton advanced to the main event through a 1 min elevator pitch. During the 5 min pitch followed by a Q & A Deton convinced the judges and audience to go on and win the Audience Choice Award. More than 70 companies were screened to be part of the 2018 Medtech Innovator Los Angeles Pitch Event and more than 700 companies applied to be part of the Medtech Innovator’s ...
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Robert "Bud" Bishop, President of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, said "We are deeply appreciative of the Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Memorial Fund which recently provided grant support for our operations. Their contribution will be very helpful in our efforts to expand the range of shared used equipment available to all of the start-ups in our facility." ...
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Bruce Blomstrom was honored by the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) at The Athenaeum on March 7, 2018 for his contribution to the growth of the biotech community in Los Angeles and Pasadena. Since 2004, Mr. Blomstrom served as President of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, an incubator for over 20 early stage life science companies. Through his role as a member of the Board of Directors of the SoCalBio, he has been a passionate and vocal advocate for the biotechnology sector and the opportunities it poses in Greater Los Angeles. As a member of the Pasadena Angels and through the Annual SoCalBio Conference, he helped nurture and fund numerous emerging biotech companies including Infinite Biomedical Technologies, Ikona Medical Corp., Nanostream, Chemokine, and others. Previously, Mr. Blomstrom ...
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Wendie Johnston was recognized by the LA BioStart training program at California State University, Los Angeles for her contributions to the region’s burgeoning bioscience industry. Johnston, lab director for the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, was awarded the first LA BioStar Award during the Feb. 16 graduation ceremony for participants in the LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp. The award was created to honor the contributions of bioscience leaders in the region. “The real message is: It takes a village,” Johnston told the gathering at Cal State LA. “It takes collaboration, it takes partnerships, it takes negotiations.” Johnston’s contributions to bioscience education and training span decades. She retired from the faculty of Pasadena City College, or PCC, in 2011 after nearly ...
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