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    The trade association of the bioscience industries in Greater Los Angeles and neighboring communities

Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) is a nonprofit, member-supported trade association that serves the biotech, medtech, IVD  and digital health communities in the six counties that comprise the Greater Los Angeles region (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino).

SoCalBio’s programs help local firms gain access to capital, potential partners and other business services. The Council also promotes technology transfer and workforce training, while informing policy makers and the public at-large about the benefits of the region’s bioscience industry.

SoCalBio is open to membership by firms and organizations engaged in all aspects of bioscience research, technology development and commercialization.

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Greater Los Angeles

SoCalBio is please to announce the addition of two new board members

SoCalBio is pleased to announce the addition of John Mastrototaro, Ph.D., VP of Informatics at Medtronic and Joseph Plascencia, CEO of JP Tech Insurance to its Board of Directors. Dr. Mastrototaro and Mr. Plascencia were unanimously elected to join the SoCalBio Board during the Board’s meeting held on September 29, from 11 to 1, at the SoCalBio office in downtown Los Angeles.

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About John Mastrototaro:

In his role as Medtronic’s VP of Informatoics, Dr. Mastrototaro is partnering with various stakeholders to develop a strategy and resource center around Big Data and Advanced Analytics. He is also interested in opportunities to improve healthcare delivery and reduce costs through remote monitoring and disease management service and support models. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Mastrototaro will lead SoCalBio digital health promotional activities.

John Mastrototaro, PhD, VP of Informatics, Medtronic

About Joseph Plascencia:

Mr. Plascencia is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has served as a member of the USC Board of Governors and as an executive member of the USC Trojan Board of Directors. In his role as CEO of JP Tech Insurance Services, Mr. Plascencia directs all insurance policy marketing, technical analysis, and customer relations activities for all commercial and professional insurance activities, including Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, M&A Reps & Warranties, and Products/Clinical Trials liability policies.

Joseph Plascencia, CEO, JP Tech Insurance

First Look at Digital Health Firms in Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the top digital health hot spots in the US. SoCalBio has identified over 165 companies in our region developing and providing digital health solutions. The majority of these firms was born after the passage of the HITECH ACT and ACA in 2008. There are two main clusters of firms:

  • The first is in West Los Angeles, from Santa Monica and Beverly Hills in the north to Torrance in the south.
  • The second is in Southern Orange County from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano.

Click Here to Access and Interactive Map of Digital Health Firms in Greater Los Angeles

(Please keep in mind that we are continuously updating this map as we are still adding companies founded in 2015)

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SoCalBio Can Help You Cut the Cost of Doing Business

In partnership with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, (BIO), SoCalBio member companies and organizations participate in the nation’s largest group purchasing program for the bioscience industry.  This program helps you access products and services from lab and office supplies to insurance and shipping services at significant discounts offered exclusively to SoCalBio members located in Southern California.

This program gives you the purchasing power of the largest companies in your industry. In addition,  it saves you the time and effort you would have to expend to negotiate pricing. In partnership with BIO, we have pooled the purchasing power of thousands of companies to benefit your company.

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SoCalBio Helps Cut the Cost of Doing Business

Learn Why Incubators Are Vital to Biotech’s Success in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County has an emerging biotech cluster including 100+ companies. There are a few established compoanies in the area. For example, Amgen, the biggest biotech company in the world, is located just outside the western edge of the County in Thousand Oaks. But the overwhelming majority is still in the R&D phase. The list of notable companies includes:

Astellas Pharma, ArmagenTech, C3Jian, Claremont Bio, DxTerity Diagnostics, Emmaus, Epeius Biotech, ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Kite Pharma, Liquid Genomics, Molecular GPS, Nanthealth, Nantcell, Nantbiosciences, Puma Biotechnology, Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Synedgen, and Xencor

Nearly half of the County’s biotech firms is made up of early-stage ventures housed in seven incubators. Therefore, the future of biotech in Los Angeles rests in part on the success of these incubators in nurturing startups and help them move to the next level.

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Biotech Incubators in Los Angeles


17th Annual SoCalBio Conference

Coming on January 28

SoCalBio Mixer: From Acupuncture to ElectromodulationLos Angeles, CA

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Video Clips of the SoCalBio Networking Forum Held at UCI on April 30, 2015


  • Richard Tamaki

    SoCalBio’s Group Purchasing Program not only saves our company money but also administrative time; which in the end also saves money. We have officially been in the program for about one month, but in that month, we have seen savings of up to 70% on our compressed gases and an average savings of 45% on laboratory supplies.

    Richard Tamaki COO at Molecular Express
  • William Pratt

    SoCalBio brings together the best people working in the Los Angeles life sciences scene for networking, collaboration, and continuing to build upon the profound medical accomplishments of our region.

    William Pratt Director of Creative Design at Kinamed, Inc.
  • Jennifer Neff

    Facilitating innovation and growth of the life science industry in Southern California.

    Jennifer Neff CEO at Allvivo Vascular, Inc.
  • Jon Lasch

    The Southern California Biomedical Council has led the creation of, and continues to maintain, the super highway of communication for the life science related industries in the Greater Los Angeles area.

    Jon Lasch Director at AMI - USC.
  • Alexander Arrow

    SoCalBio is the only organization that unites the several thousand medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies in our great region of the country.  I learn something new every meeting I attend..

    Alexander Arrow President & COO at Biolase, Inc.

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