Feb. 16th, 2015 – ROC Santa Monica announced today that it is dedicating a portion of the top floor of its 44,602 sq. ft. Santa Monica location at 604 Arizona to incubating and accelerating bioscience startups. Management of this incubator/accelerator will be supported by LABioHub a new organization focused on promoting the life science industry in Los Angeles as well as a growing list of other collaborating partners.

Applicants may apply by filling out the application form found via this link – http://calxstars.com/application/

“Life science research is in abundance in the Los Angeles area and now there will be a hub for turning that research into a launching pad for local startups and job creation” states Howard J. Leonhardt, LABioHub and Startup California Co-leader and Executive Chairman of Leonhardt Ventures.

The Cities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles have both stepped forward to lend their support behind this initiative. Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Nicholas Greif of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development led an effort to gather together local biotech and medtech industry advocates to put ideas into action in creating more life science jobs in the Los Angeles metro area. LABioHub emerged from this meeting and Howard Leonhardt and Richard Koffler agreed to take the leadership reigns.

“We see biotech and medtech as a great opportunity for high wage clean industry employment growth in our City and the region. We are very excited to support these efforts and work with ROC and LABioHub to help make the Life Science Incubator a reality here in Santa Monica. ” Jennifer Taylor, City of Santa Monica Economic Development Office

Bioscience additional local resource providers that have been lined up so far include:

> Leonhardt Ventures – www.leonhardtventures.com

> Cal-X Stars 5 Year Businesss Accelerator – www.calxstars.com ;

> Calxelerator Startup Launch 15 Week Accelerator – www.calxelerator.com ;

> Greenwings Biomedical – www.greenwingsbiomedical.com

> Startup California – http://startupcalifornia.org/ + http://s.co/region/california

> UCLA Extension Biotechnology Engineering Certificate Program – https://www.uclaextension.edu/eistm/Pages/engineering/biotechnology.aspx

> Children’s Hospital Los Angeleles Center for Innovation – http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.9226433/k.57C2/Center_for_Innovation.htm

> BioLeonhardt MyoStim – www.bioleonhardt.com + www.myostimpacers.com

> HealthiosXchange – www.healthiosxchange.com ;

> UCLA California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) Life Science Incubator and Core Laboratories – http://www1.cnsi.ucla.edu/index + http://www1.cnsi.ucla.edu/staticpages/core-facilities

> Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) Healthcare – http://www.lava.org/group/lavahealthcare

> The Task Runners – www.thetaskrunners.com ;

The vision is creating a central community hub space where scientists and life science startup founders can access resources to conduct experiments and build successful life science companies.

Walter Grieves, Managing Director at ROC Santa Monica says “shared biotech research lab space accompanied by a full service co-working space is highly needed in West Los Angeles. We are glad to be leading the way to fulfill this need. This is just the start of a long term plan for our organization to support the high growth life science industry. We have similar projects underway in Orange County and San Diego and have plans for other facilities within the Los Angeles region.”

The incubator will provide:

> Local R&D Lab space access.
> Educational seminars and classes.
> Co-working space.
> Conference rooms with full digital media.
> An inventory list of LA area lab equpment assets and collaborative research facilities including those for completing pre-clincial and clincial studies.

Richard Koffler, CEO of incubator Greenwings Biomedical, Director of LAVA Healthcare and co-founder and co-manager of LABioHub at ROC Santa Monica, explains, “LA BioHub’s mission is to help drive the L.A. region into a world-recognized center of excellence in life-sciences entrepreneurship by unleashing the region’s enormous potential created by research activities and talent. One way by which we expect to accomplish this is by giving prospective entrepreneurs access to facilities, coaching and relationships that are critically important to get them started.”

Leonhardt Ventures’ Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. supported by over 70 experienced business mentors – http://calxstars.com/team-cal-x/ and a 35 world opinion leaders in life sciences – http://calxstars.com/scientific-advisory-board/ has agreed to provide a first line review of applications on behalf of LABioHub @ ROC Santa Monica and to provide ongoing advisory and mentorship services. About ROC Santa Monica: ROC Santa Monica offers collaborative workspace for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the heart of Silicon Beach. This ROC location is perfect for fast-growing companies in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. The 44,260-square-foot ROC–Santa Monica location, previously occupied by Google, offers more than 200 socially and environmentally conscious offices. Real Office Centers is an industry-leader in shared office space, creating social environments that are both engaging and productive for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. This three-story property has generated significant activity in the Silicon Beach area by attracting Angel Investors, events and education that provide resources and tools to start-up companies, and digital media clients – http://realofficecenters.com/Location/SantaMonica

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