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Lunch seminar with IndieBio

March 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Building Biotech Startups

Biology has long been confined to the labs of academia and pharmaceutical giants. However we’re undergoing an unprecedented shift as biology as a technology is enabling scientist-entrepreneurs to solve global challenges across industries.

At IndieBio, they have funded 105 biotech startups in the last four years, most founded by grad students translating their academic discoveries into solutions in human and planetary health. They will talk about what has changed to kickstart the biotech startup ecosystem, how IndieBio operates, examples of areas and companies funded, and lessons learned from these startups.

Join us at UCLA for what will be an insightful discussion into the world of Biotech start-ups on 3/22/19 by Alex Kopelyan, Program Director & Partner at IndieBio! Additionally, Alex Kopelyan will meet one-on-one with selected candidates at CNSI 5th floor presentation space to hear pitches for their ideas. If interested, please send one-slide pitch deck to team@bc-la.org with the heading “Pitchdeck for Indiebio”.


12:00-1:00pm Lunch seminar at CHS 23-105

01:30-2:30pm Follow up individual sessions at CNSI 5th floor presentation space. (Only selected candidates)

Speaker Bio:

Alex Kopelyan

Alex is the Program Director & Partner at IndieBio. He works with teams on their business plans, customer discovery, fundraising, communication, and more. He brings together corporate and academic partners to help accelerate IndieBio companies.

Alex holds a PharmD from the University of Iowa and has a background across the clinical, global health, and startup worlds. He’s passionate about transforming our health system’s approach to nutrition, mental, and behavioral health, as well using biology to create sustainable technology to benefit people and the planet.

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Biotech Connection Los Angeles (BCLA) is a project of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Community Partners. We are an organization run by academics and biotech professionals from all over Los Angeles and our mission is to inspire, educate and connect emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to grow and diversify biotech in LA. Los Angeles is home to renowned universities and research institutes producing top talents and exciting innovations. We are passionate about making our city a major biotech hub!

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Accelerating Biology

IndieBio (http://indiebio.co) is the world’s leading biotechnology accelerator, located in downtown San Francisco. Companies from all over the world apply to be part of a 4 month acceleration program which includes $250,000 funding, dedicated mentorship, and 24/7 access to a co-working space and bio-safety level 1 & 2 labs. During the program, teams are focused on turning science into product, closing customers, raising investment, and developing leadership skills.

BCLA Core Sponsors:


Established in 2000 as one of the Governor Gray Davis California Institutes for Science and Innovation, the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a hub of interdisciplinary research, translation, and education where scientists from diverse fields find common purpose in addressing grand challenges of the 21st century. With locations at the University of California’s Los Angeles and Santa Barbara campuses, the CNSI leverages public and private investment to drive collaborative nanoscience research across disciplines, translates discoveries into knowledge-driven commercial enterprises, and educates the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Building upon the university’s Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Initiative, the Bridge Institute unites eminent professors across the entire university, including the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, as well as animators and cinematographers in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and technology transfer experts in the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. We are artists, engineers, scientists and physicians bridging the molecules of life to improve the human condition. Imagine a world where scientific data is released from the confines of its originating discipline, allowing us to better understand, integrate and advance knowledge. Our values are Teamwork, Imagination, Innovation, Learning, Teaching, and Convergence.


The LA BioStart Bioscience Entrepreneurs Boot Camp is a five-week, intensive training program that prepares emerging bioscience entrepreneurs to launch their own bioscience ventures. The boot camp is a collaborative project of Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

Participants learn business fundamentals, leadership skills and bioscience knowledge from industry leaders and business experts. Funded by the Economic Development Administration, the training is offered at no charge to eligible participants.

Early-stage entrepreneurs, emerging entrepreneurs seeking to market bioscience ideas, and scientists, university faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students should apply.


CHS 23-105
Westwood, CA 90025 United States


Biotech Connection Los Angeles
California NanoSystems Institute