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Los Angeles Startup Resources Committee

Mission Statement
This committee is intended to support the growing early stage ecosystem in the greater Los Angeles region, while providing opportunities for committee members to meet other area professionals, keep current on issues affecting the local industry, share best practices and learn from each other.

The committee will cover topics related to all resources and assets necessary to support the growth of the life science industry in Los Angeles. Discussions will vary and relate to topics such as finding/building suitable space, alternative funding sources, marketing Los Angeles as a whole to individuals and companies as a place to grow, and other resource driven conversations around subjects such as IP, preparing for investment, regulatory environment, equipment etc.

Committee Make-Up
To ensure a strong working committee, participation will include the Co-Chairs and Committee members. Committee members can be any industry, academia or service provider Biocom California members that are interested and can contribute to the efforts of the committee. Meetings take place every other month at 10:00 AM. The location will rotate between Biocom California’s offices and the offices of the co-chairs to encourage participation from around the region.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • Identify resources/topics that are necessary to address to support/grow the early stage ecosystem in the greater LA region
  • Discuss ways to catalogue existing resources, grow these resources and/or attract the needed resources from out of area
  • Design programs to accomplish these initiatives

Biocom California Responsibilities:

  • At the direction of the Co-Chairs, provide official communication to committee members through agendas, emails, and supporting materials for all committee meetings.
  • Manage/implement the initiatives requested by the committee
  • Attract new committee members who can add value to the discussions.
  • Ensure accurate and updated information in publications.
  • Organize logistics for LA Startup Resources Committee meetings.

Committee Information:

  • Biocom California Staff Contact: Hanan Al-Hakim
  • Committee Co-Chairs: Llewellyn Cox, President, Lab Launch Inc.; Melissa J. Rodgers, Ph.D. Associate Director, Business Development and Industry Relations at USC MESH Academy