Cal State LA Launches BioSpace LA

The incubator was funded with a $3.5 million grant from L.A. County.

By EGP Staff Report

Students and start-up businesses will soon be able to work together on bioscience projects at Cal State LA after the university received multi-million dollar funding for a new incubator that promises to provide a place for innovative research.

BioSpace L.A. was funded with a $3.5 million grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by outgoing Supervisor Gloria Molina.

The incubator will feature 20,00 square feet of lab space used for research and collaboration in the growing industry of bioscience. The field features the areas of agriculture, drugs and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and instruments and research and testing.

Cal State LA student Geovani Montoya, right, explains his research on air quality to Supervisor Gloria Molina, center, and the university president William A. Covino, left.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Cal State LA student Geovani Montoya, right, explains his research on air quality to Supervisor Gloria Molina, center, and the university president William A. Covino, left. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“When the university is a hub for applied research and scholarship that produces new solutions, the local community, the region, and students can thrive,” said CSULA President William A. Covino.

During a kickoff ceremony last week, Molina highlighted the university’s history of educating minority students specifically through the school’s Minority Opportunities in Research programs. The National Science Foundation has ranked Cal State L.A. as the top non-PhD granting college for Latino science and engineering PhD recipients in the country.

“This diverse group of graduates reflect the makeup of the Eastside,” she said. “What better way to retain these talented students than to provide them high quality jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities so that they can continue to live and invest in this community.”

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November 26, 2014  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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