BIG congrats to Kite Pharma!

  • August 28 08:08am
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Los Angeles Times writes about Gilead’s acquisition of Kite Pharma.

“Santa Monica biotech company Kite Pharma Inc. is being acquired by industry giant Gilead Sciences Inc. in an $11.9-billion deal that demonstrates the promise of using a person’s own immune system to fight cancer.”

More at

UCLA ranks number one in business creation

  • July 07 02:07am
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Los Angeles Times writes about UCLA grabbing the top spot in business creation and highlights Arie Belldegrun, Ross DeVol, Amir Naiberg, and Thomas Lipkin. Read the full story here:

MedTech Innovator 2015

  • April 21 11:04pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Research Corporation Technologies is excited to announce that the prize pool for MedTech Innovator 2015 is now over $300,000! Companies that have applied in past years or were selected previously as semi-finalists are welcome to apply again. Applications are due April 30 and open now at

An exciting change in MedTech Innovator 2015 is the addition of a virtual accelerator. As part of their partnership with AdvaMed, the trade association representing 80 percent of medtech firms in the U.S., the accelerator companies will participate in an Innovation Showcase and compete for the audience vote and over $300,000 in prizes at AdvaMed 2015.

They are now looking for 20 outstanding medtech and digital health technologies. If selected, participants will have a unique opportunity to interact with and learn from mentors at key industry stakeholders such as AdvaMed, BD Medical, RCT Ventures, and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. You can read more about this year’s program here. If you are interested in participating as an industry mentor, please contact Paul Grand at Research Corporation Technologies.

Company applications must be submitted by April 30 at

Early applications are encouraged, as it gives our judges more time to consider the applications. Please pass this along to others involved in medtech innovation and transformation. You can follow us on Twitter at @MedTechAwards for news and updates on this year’s competition.

Opportunity at the Kavli Foundation

  • February 05 05:02pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Kavli Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humanity. A core part of our mission is bringing together top scientists, policy makers and executives for events that have as their aim catalyzing scientific insight and accelerating research progress. These include scientific meetings, workshops, award ceremonies and special events. Thus the Kavli Foundation is currently looking for a Science Program Associate. The Science Program Associate is responsible for planning these events and ensuring they are executed in an organized and timely manner. For all events, the Science Program Associate serves as the key point of contact between the Foundation and the outside participants, advisors and vendors.

Meetings convened by The Kavli Foundation occur in response to changing scientific and policy landscapes, and thus often progress swiftly from inception to implementation. Working with Foundation staff, the Program Associate will draw on his or her scientific training to quickly and efficiently research and identify scientist who can productively contribute to meetings; contribute to discussions of scientific content, including considerations of timing and scope of scientific meetings; and handle all logistical arrangements, including arrangements for meeting venues as well as travel, lodging and accommodations for all participants. This position will also participate in publicizing Foundation events by developing promotional materials and contributing event updates for posting on the Foundation website. The Program Associate position is hands-on and typically involves working as a part of a team to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the event.

The position offers a unique training opportunity for individuals with a science background who are interested in exploring the development and implementation of science policy, science communication, and science philanthropy. The Kavli Foundation played a central role in the efforts that culminated in the April 2013 announcement of the BRAIN Initiative by President Obama, and currently supports ongoing projects that span scientific disciplines ranging from the Earth’s microbiomes to the exoplanetary search for life. This position reports to: Miyoung Chun, Executive Vice President of Science Programs.

Additional detailed information on the position here.


  • April 22 01:04am
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Bruincubate is the UCLA Entrepreneur Support Network that provides anyone looking to connect to the entrepreneurial community at UCLA with information needed to go forward and launch that next great business or connect with the talent to help you. The website is a collaboration of 14 different groups on campus that all offer different services, seminars and programs that cater to UCLA’s entrepreneurial community. Visit the website at and get in touch with people who are excited to work with you to start the next great Bruin company. Check out a recent article in the Daily Bruin discussing Bruincubate and the efforts of the Entrepreneurship Council:

2014 Finalists for Venture Team Competition

  • April 08 09:04pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The Business of Science Center is pleased to announce the finalists of the 4th annual Venture Team Competition. We would like to thank all Primary Investigators and student teams who participated in the Venture Team Program this past year for your hard work and collaboration on each project. Every year, we are more impressed by the quality of the technologies and the advancement of these exciting projects.

The 2014 Venture Team Competition will be held on Tuesday, May 20th. Each team will deliver an investment-style pitch to a panel of experienced judges who will evaluate the potential of the technologies. Teams will compete for the grand prize in proof-of-concept funds to accelerate the technology toward commercialization.

Please join us by registering for the event:

Congratulations, Finalists:

1. Alloprobe – Diagnosis of Sepsis
Drs. Giovanni Zocchi and Chiao-Yu Tseng
Members: Anmol Bajwa, Yuliya Karuchek, & Michele Kattke
Mentor: Martina DeSalvo

2. BigFoot – Medical Monitoring Platform for Chronic Foot Ailments
Dr. Ozcan Laboratory
Members: Brian Bender, Kate Fehlhaber, Paul Opgenorth, and Canybec Sulayman
Mentor: Derek Wang

3. Bio-Seal: PneumoGel Sealant System
Steve Feng
Members: Sarah Johnson, Qiming Deng, Joseph Calvopina, Canybec Sulayman
Mentor: Derek Wang

4. Drug Eluting Polymer for Head and Neck Caner
Drs. Maie St. John and Ben Wu
Members: Miguel Edwards, Sarah Johnson, Niyati Mehta, Jonathan Nakashima, Melody Pai, & George Yeh
Mentors: Steve Blum and Jemima Escamilla

5. FIRE – Fluorescence Imaging Using Radiofrequency-tagged Emission
Dr. Jalali Laboratory
Members: Ryan Jones, Rana Khankan, Ryan Kum & Richard Noroski
Mentor: Martina DeSalvo

6. NAC Solution Prevents Side-Effects Produced by Teeth Bleaching
Dr. Anahid Jewett
Members: Wenyuan Wang, Mariana Fontes, Bhavaani Jayaram
Mentor: Alex Shen

Dinners with “Beyond Your PhD” Panelists

  • February 12 11:02pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

Following each “Beyond Your PhD” panel discussion, we will be hosting an intimate dinner with two panelists! Please complete this form ( and send your resume to to be considered for 1 of 10 spots for each dinner. Dinner provided by funding from UCLA Graduate Division, Academic Services and UCLA Business of Science Center (BSC).

To register for the panel discussions, please visit


Venice Family Clinic Consulting Opportunity

  • January 27 07:01pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News


The Advanced Degree Consulting Club and the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI) of the Business of Science Center at UCLA are calling for applications from interested individuals to participate in two 8-week pro-bono consulting projects for the Venice Family Clinic. You will not only gain a first hand professional consulting experience for your portfolio but also help the largest free clinic in the United States provide free, quality healthcare to the underserved and underprivileged populations of Los Angeles. For more details, please see the attached project descriptions and flyer below.

Save the Date! Kickoff event and final presentations will feature both the CEO and COO of the Venice Family Clinic on Monday February 3rd and March 31st (evening)!

Application deadline is Thursday, January 30th by noon and can be found here:

We will notify interested applicants and informal interviews might be conducted on Friday, January 31st if necessary.


Save the Date! for “Beyond Your PhD”

  • January 21 07:01pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

UCLA Business of Science Center (BSC) and Advancing Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE) invite you to join us for our “Beyond Your PhD” series of career panel discussions.  This two part event includes “Getting Down To Business” on Monday, February 24 and  ”Outreach in Science” on Monday, March 3.  Both events are from 4-6 PM in the Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium.  Stay tuned for more information!  All are welcome!  Please register for this event here:

Save the Date flyer for Beyond Your Phd

Save the Date flyer for Beyond Your Phd


2nd Annual UCLA Innovation Week

  • July 16 06:07pm
  • Written by: Samantha Le
  • Categories:News

The BSC co-hosts UCLA Innovation Week to kick off the school year with an entrepreneurial buzz for faculty and students! This year, Innovation Week will take place during the first week of fall quarter from September 30th to October 5th and feature guest speakers, networking events, and an INVENTATHON competition. Stay tuned as there are more details to come.

At this time, we are  soliciting medical needs for INVENTATHON, which will be held on Friday 10/4 and Saturday 10/5 of Innovation Week. The theme for INVENTATHON will be “new embedded devices for medical needs.” This event will be an intense 24 hour race where student teams will develop solutions for medical need using microcontrollers, sensors, software, and more. This is very similar to a hackathon, but with an additional hardware design challenge.

Submit your medical need for the design challenge today (deadline is August 30th) and let a team of motivated students develop a solution for you!  Please send ideas and questions to . To view a flyer, click here.