8th Annual Biotech Summit: The Future of Biotech in Los Angeles

CNSI 570 Westwood Plaza building 114 Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

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Biotech Connection Los Angeles (BCLA) is excited to announce our 8th Annual Biotech Summit: How LA’s Biotech Landscape is Shaping the Future.

Join us for a day of networking and to hear about where the future of Biotech in Los Angeles is heading.


9:30-10:30am Coffee and Sponsorship Exhibition Hall

10:30am Introductions from BCLA President, Justin Overhulse, and VP, Mahta Barekatain

10:45am Introductions from Bioscience LA CEO, David Whelan

11:00am Keynote – Sumant Ramachandra, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, ImmPACT Bio

11:45am Panel Discussion Non-Healthcare Biotech – Llewellyn Cox – CEO of LabLaunch and Partner at MarsBio (moderator), Jim Cooper – CTO and Managing Partner of Braid Theory, Amanda Schaible – Director of Operations at Mozza, Taissa Maleh – CEO of Bluefin Foods, Inc., and Siobhan Braybrook – Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA

1:00pm Lunch and Breakout Sessions (6th floor patio) – Meet industry mentors to learn about career choices in industry and how to start a company

2:30pm Panel Discussion Homegrown CEOs – Brian Varnum – CEO at Armata Pharmaceuticals (moderator), Shu Li – CEO at Petri Bio, Andrew Gray – CEO at Karma Biotechnologies, Bryan Yoo – CEO at Nuanced Health, and Ian Akash Morrison – Co-founder & CEO at Avesta76 Therapeutics, Jason Vanguese – CEO at Pink Cloud

3:30-5pm Networking Mixer Powered by Nucleate

This event will be hosted in person. To ensure everyone’s safety, all attendees will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72h of the event. Additionally, all attendees are advised to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose indoors for the duration of the event . Coffee and other drinks will be available in the 3rd floor atrium, but food can not be consumed inside of CNSI. The lunch portion will take place outdoors, please dress appropriately.

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Keynote speaker:

Summant Ramachandra

Panel Discussions:


Panel 1: Non-Healthcare Biotech


Llewellyn Cox

CEO, Lab Launch


Jim Cooper

CTO and Managing Partner of Braid Theory

Taissa Maleh

CEO of Bluefin Foods, Inc.

Siobhan Braybrook

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA

Amanda Schaible

Director of Operations at Mozza Foods

Panel 2: Homegrown CEOs


Brian Varnum

CEO at Armata Pharmaceuticals


Andrew Gray

Co-founder and CEO at Karma Biotechnologies

Shu Li

Co-founder and CEO at PetriBio

Ian Akash Morrison

Co-founder and CEO at Avesta76 Therapeutics

Bryan Yoo

CEO at Nuanced Health

Jason Varughese

Co-founder and CEO of Pink Cloud

Lunch Mentors:

Kathy Grotsch, Area 23

Angel Gonzales, Amgen

Susan Zhou, Natera

Edoardo Savi , ZS

Brian McMorran, Aadi Bioscience Inc

Kami Lakamsani, TORL BioTherapeutics

Peter Miu, Biocartis

Yangzi He, Turning Point Therapeutics

Daniel Kadin, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Rosemary Kiser, Caltech

Lucy Abgaryan, GrittGene Therapeutics

Jerry Lee, Ellison Institute

Helen McBride, TORL BioTherapeutics

Bhargava Nemmaru, Amgen

Maysam Pessian, Wilson Sonsani

Jim Cooper, Braid Theory

Howard Xu, LA BioSpace

Tariq Marji, LA BioSpace

Llewellyn Cox, Lab Launch

Ayelet Marom, BioTools Innovator

Nick Mourlas, JLabs

Nikki Lin, Magnify

Parikshit Sharma, IndieBio

Jeremy Roseman, Cedar-Sinai Accelerator

Melissa Valerio, GWIS-LA

Jessica Dang, GWIS-LA

Bryan Gerber, Nucleate

Arielle Hogan, Nucleate