Connecting with Bioscience Talent

With over one hundred guests in attendance, BCLA’s annual “Bioscience Talent Connection” successfully served its mission to connect postdocs, graduate students and life science professionals with the SoCal biotech industry. The event was held at the Ray R. Irani Hall at the University Park Campus at USC on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 and featured a career panel discussion, career workshop, networking lunch, company spotlights, and a career fair. Our Vice President Carolina Amador kicked off the event with opening remarks. The program started out with the career panel session in which Sara Madsen and Rachel Raynes (Amgen), Stuart Jaffe (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Kathryn Zavala (MedTech Innovator, and Stephen Glynn, (ZS associates) described their respective paths to their current professional positions and shared the range of activities they perform on a typical work day. Most importantly, the panelists described the qualities that companies seek in prospective employees. A great emphasis was placed on the value of interpersonal connections and emotional intelligence to succeed in an industry positon.

Bioscience Talent Connection at USC

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Investor panel: New Opportunities for LA Biotech

Los Angeles has been experiencing unprecedented growth in the life sciences entrepreneurial landscape. What opportunities lie ahead for LA biotech entrepreneurs? What are the best strategies to seek and attract investment?

Join Biocom, the Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Biotech Connection Los Angeles for a panel discussion featuring seasoned investors who will share best practices for biotech entrepreneurs looking to access the capital needed to launch and expand their innovative ventures in Los Angeles. Our panel discussion will be followed by a mixer for further opportunities to mingle and connect with others in the growing LA life sciences sector.

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Big Data is Taking Science by Storm

Last week at BCLA’s Big Data Symposium, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to learn about data science from professionals in the biotech industry, who work with big data every day. The event opened with remarks by Dr. Alexander Hoffman (UCLA), and followed with an insightful and inspiring keynote lecture by Dr. Paul Fu (LA BioMed), who emphasized how science is being driven more and more by big data.


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East Side Offers its Flavor of Biotech at BCLA Mixer

On Wednesday evening (May 11), students, scientists, and industry professionals joined at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) for another successful BCLA Mixer. The event, co-hosted by Professor Howard Xu, PhD, at CSULA, gave everyone an opportunity to meet, mingle, and share ideas. Most notably, however, the event also showcased some of the cutting edge research being done in East Los Angeles, a critical hub to the rapidly expanding biotech market in LA.


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