April 25, 2019 | LA Makers: Journey from Discovery to Market


April 25, 2019 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us for a lively panel discussion with startup companies from the Magnify and LACI incubators as we explore unique pathways founders took toward commercialization and the challenges faced along the way. Panelists will share what inspired them to take the entrepreneurs journey and the resources used to incubate their companies.


4:00pm – 4:30pm: Registration and check-in
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Welcome remarks and introductions
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Panel discussion

Networking reception to follow



Eric Hoek, Professor, UCLA Samueli Engineering School (Moderator)

Dr. Hoek is a professor at UCLA Samueli Engineering School and his research group explores the union of nanomaterials and membrane technologies for water, energy, biomedical and environmental applications. Dr. Hoek has been involved in numerous technology startup companies including NanoH2O, Water Planet, PolyCera and IntelliFlux.

Schaffer Grimm, CFO of Craytex

Craytex is developing carbon nanotube-based composites for the aerospace and defense industries that are lighter than carbon fiber.

Sanjay Poojary, President and CEO of SayaLife

SAYA deploys a modular IOT water management solution designed for sub-metering and mitigating catastrophic water related risks. This technology saves money, protects property and fosters peace of mind by providing real time control of water systems.

Kaveh Shoorideh, Director of Technology, SELFA

SELFA is developing a point-of-care protein and nucleic acid quantitation platform based on a semiconductor biosensor with extraordinary sensitivity and scalable multiplexing.

Max Aram, CEO of Pick My Solar

Pick My Solar is a managed marketplace that helps homeowners solicit competitive quotes from a network of vetted quality installers across the country.


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Directions/ Parking:

  • Directions to CNSI can be downloaded here.
  • Stop at the information kiosk (to your left) towards the end of Westwood Plaza to obtain a parking permit.
  • The attendant will direct you to the closest available parking structure.
  • Parking is $12 — CASH ONLY —
  • Please allow for extra time to park and walk to CNSI.