LA BioStart

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The Cal State 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.

With investment from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the training is offered at no charge to eligible participants.

Who should apply?

• Early-stage entrepreneurs interested in launching a bioscience venture
• Emerging entrepreneurs interested in taking bioscience ideas to market
• Scientists, university faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students


The boot camp addresses the challenges most common to scientists and new entrepreneurs seeking to turn their scientific discoveries into successful companies. Seasoned business professionals will also benefit from lessons in bioscience-specific topics, such as FDA-regulated development, manufacturing and quality control processes. All of these topics will be covered by one of the three suites:

Bioscience Business Suite

• Bioscience R&D Process
• Regulatory Affairs
• Biomanufacturing
• Quality Assurance and Quality Control
• Reimbursement, Marketing and Sales
• Corporate Partners and Exit Strategies

Business Fundamentals Suite

• Design Thinking
• Business Model Canvas
• Legal Basics
• Investment and Financing

Leadership Suite

• Understanding Personality Styles
• Influence and Communication Skills
• Driving Positive Change
• Visioning, Strategic Planning and Goal Setting


More than 60 fellows have graduated from the program since it was launched in 2017.

Cal State LA BioStart Cohorts


Cal State LA BioStart is made possible with investment from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program and takes place primarily on the Cal State LA campus, with events at partner sites across Los Angeles County

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