LMI-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs – Spring Meetup Jan. 23rd @5:30-7:30 PM

  • January 17 11:01pm
  • Written by: Peter Wang
  • Categories:News

This meetup is for all UCLA students interested in participating in the 2018-2019 competition for the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs.

Attend to pitch your innovative venture idea to other UCLA students or listen to the ideas of others. Following the presentation, the Lowell Milken Institute will host a reception in the Law School’s Lincoln Alcove. This is an opportunity to form teams with students from other schools at UCLA to compete for the $70,000 first prize! Please RSVP.

This event is sponsored by Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy and UCLA School of Law. It is a private event, open to all UCLA students. For questions about the competition, please email LMISandlerPrize@law.ucla.edu.

BIG congrats to Kite Pharma!

  • August 28 08:08am
  • Written by: Alex Shen
  • 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 http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-gilead-kite-purchase-20170828-story.html

UCLA ranks number one in business creation

  • July 07 02:07am
  • Written by: Alex Shen
  • 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: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ucla-startups-20170707-story.html

Flagship Associate Scientist Position

  • June 04 07:06pm
  • Written by: Beverly Hernandez
  • Categories:News

Flagship Biosciences is seeking a cancer biologist and or Immuno-Oncologist to join its Science Team in Colorado. Preferably, this individual has a combination of academic and pharmaceutical experience related to the development of cancer therapeutics. As a Flagship team member, you will interact with the internal team and external pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients to develop fit-for-need IHC assay based diagnostic solutions for drug discovery and clinical trials.


Visit the Flagship website for more information. http://flagshipbio.com/careers/

MedTech Innovator 2015

  • April 21 11:04pm
  • Written by: Alex Shen
  • 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 http://www.medtechinnovator.com/2015

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 http://www.medtechinnovator.com/2015

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.

Job Opening for Advanced Concepts Scientist

  • April 14 06:04pm
  • Written by: Beverly Hernandez
  • Categories:News

Advanced Concepts team will be hiring 2 scientists starting July 1st, 2015.  They are looking for PhDs from any scientific background (polymer chemistry is a plus).  PhDs must have a good blend of science and business understanding, and the job is located in Minnesota. Please email Samantha at SamanthaLe@mednet[dot]ucla[dot]com if you’re interested.

The Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) will be developing and evaluating technologies that are 5+ years out from product feasibility starting July 1st.  ACT will solely be focused on transformational technologies that can have a major impact in the cardiovascular space.   ACT projects will:

  1. Solve large unmet medical needs in the cardiovascular space
  2. Have a radical technological solution that is understood enough such that  concept feasibility is viable

ACT will focus on ‘connecting dots differently’ by pulling from different fields and rethinking current treatment paradigms.  ACT will drive concepts through determination of feasibility.  To do this, ACT will leverage the skillsets of the diverse team, connections with academia, and contractors to develop proof of concepts for these new devices and technologies.


•Identify unmet medical needs in the cardiovascular spaceThis will be done through observation, conference attendance, literature review, and customer interactions.

•Validate need by working with the market expansion team, sales, marketing, and gathering KOL feedback

•Identify new and emerging technologies that have the potential to be used in the cardiovascular space

•This will include monitoring university IP, scientific articles, attending conferences, and identifying early stage startups

•Provide foundational research on emerging technologies to the larger organization

•Ideate on how to apply emerging technologies to address an unmet medical need

•Develop, lead, and drive the execution of proof of concept plans for solutions to an unmet medical need

•Proof of concept can include benchtop and preclinical studies

•Utilize resources within the company as well as external resources

•Participate in the creation of value propositions and business rationale for promising concepts.

•Work cooperatively with market expansion team, corporate development, regulatory, clinical, engineering, marketing, and other key stakeholders

•Strengthen ties and relationships with academics and thought leaders

•Help to develop sponsored research programs

•Evaluate and recognize market changes and threats within the cardiovascular space

•Travel approximately 15% of the time for conferences, research, etc.

Opportunity at the Kavli Foundation

  • February 05 05:02pm
  • Written by: Alex Shen
  • 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: Alex Shen
  • 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 Bruincubate.com 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: http://dailybruin.com/2014/04/04/bruincubate-provides-access-to-entrepreneurship-resources/

2014 Finalists for Venture Team Competition

  • April 08 09:04pm
  • Written by: Alex Shen
  • 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: http://2014vtcompetition.eventbrite.com

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: Alex Shen
  • Categories:News

Following each “Beyond Your PhD” panel discussion, we will be hosting an intimate dinner with two panelists! Please complete this form (http://bit.ly/BeyondYourPhDsurvey) and send your resume to awise@mednet.ucla.edu 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 https://beyondyourphd.eventbrite.com.