LA BioStart

Indian American Prof. Preet Chaudhary was named one of the inaugural fellows and team members for Cal State University in Los Angeles’ LA BioStart training program. (usc.edu photo)

Cal State University Los Angeles recently announced it has launched a five-week training program for bioscience entrepreneurs with an Indian American physician and scientist among the group of inaugural members.

The University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Prof. Preet Chaudhary, who is co-founding a company focusing on cancer treatment, is among the 11 inaugural fellows and team members of the program, LA BioStart.

The program for bioscience entrepreneurs, which the university announced last month, is currently underway on campus.

A five-week program funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, LA BioStart provides start-up companies training, mentoring and business knowledge essential to starting and sustaining bioscience ventures, according to a university news release.

LA BioStart is a collaboration between Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, it said.

“We can’t wait to see what discoveries are on the horizon from LA BioStart’s highly distinguished inaugural cohort of fellows,” said Cal State LA’s executive vice president Jose A. Gomez, who also chairs LA BioSpace, the university’s bioscience incubator.

Through programs such as LA BioStart, Cal State LA encourages the growth of the bioscience industry in Southern California. 

“Bioscience holds tremendous promise for our region,” said Cal State LA president William A. Covino in a statement. “We’re proud to support those who are creating new technologies and new companies in this growing industry.”

The LA BioStart training, which takes place at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, is offered at no cost and led by top industry experts. Topics include business fundamentals, financing models, industrial research and development, regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical trials, leadership skills, and communication strategies, CSU LA said.

“It is exciting to see highly motivated boot camp participants gaining skills and competencies that are outside their traditional fields of training,” added CSU LA professor of microbiology and program director Howard Xu.

Chaudhary is a graduate of Delhi University, where he earned a medical degree and the University of Illinois in Chicago where he earned a doctorate.

He is currently the chief of the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the study of blood diseases in the Department of Medicine, and coleader of the molecular genetics program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, he is a professor of medicine, Ronald H. Bloom Family chair in lymphoma research, and program director of the USC/Norris Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

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