Alan Horsager is the director for Cal State LA BioSpace. He is a life scientist and entrepreneur who has built companies in the oncology, ophthalmology and reproductive health industries in California. As director for LA BioSpace, he leads the university’s efforts to foster a culture of inclusive entrepreneurship and provide emerging entrepreneurs with facilities, resources, training, and knowledge to launch startup ventures and spur regional economic development. Horsager came to Cal State LA after creating startups in therapeutics and diagnostics. His first startup, Eos Neuroscience, developed a gene therapy-based optogenetic approach to treating blindness. At Eos, he led a university consortium with USC, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Florida focusing on scientific development, financing, communications, and regulatory strategy. More recently, he was the co-founder and CEO of Episona, which developed an epigenetic-based diagnostic test that sold internationally.
He currently serves on the board of directors for iSTAT Therapeutics, an immunotherapy spinout from City of Hope. Horsager holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California.