First Look SoCal 2022

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First Look SoCal 2022

June 7 @ 1:30 pm 7:30 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049 United States
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First Look SoCal 2022

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The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase is an annual conference celebrating the best very early-stage startups commercializing deep tech and life science breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. 

The primary goal is to connect founders with investors, mentors, and executives with invaluable subject matter expertise to provide credible guidance and pre-seed/seed stage funding crucial to making the often-perilous journey from lab to market.

Look forward to…

Connect with investors, peers, and mentors

Unparalleled opportunities to connect with investors, mentors and other support resources crucial for early stage startups. Past years attracted over 300 attendees including over 130 investors. Free livestream option available including virtual networking using the Hopin platform.

Startup Presentations

Two concurrent tracks: Life Science and Technology. Each track will have 12 company presentations (24 total) doing 3 minutes quick pitch presentations followed by 9 minutes of moderated Q&A led by a panel of investors and subject matter experts.

Keynote fireside chat with Dr. Gary Michelson

Dr. Gary K. Michelson, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic spinal surgeon, an inventor who holds nearly 1,000 patents throughout the world, and the founder and co-chair of Michelson Philanthropies. Follow his journey and the big bets he’s placing on helping future inventors protect their IP.

The largest showcase of university-based deep tech and life science startups

This is SoCal’s premiere gathering of the best startups emerging from the region’s top research institutions so it attracts the region’s community in a rare concentrated program that celebrates the entrepreneur’s journey from lab to market.

Workshops for founders (limited seats available)

Learn directly from legal experts, investors, and licensing professionals about best practices for protecting and monetizing intellectual property as well as early stage startup commercialization of deep tech and life science innovations. Featuring experts from Wilson Sonsini, Michelson Foundation, and USC.

Networking Reception

Enjoy cocktails and small bites for attendees and speakers to network and reconnect in person.


Lead Sponsors: Wilson Sonsini | Michelson Philanthropies

Life Science Track Sponsor: KPPB

Gold Sponsor: HATCHspaces

Underwriter for Cleantech Session: Edison International


Keynote: Dr. Gary K. Michelson, M.D in conversation with David Bailey, Managing Partner at KPPB


Congratulations to the startups presenting at the showcase

Teams were selected based on factors such as: potential for disruption, novelty of the innovation/discovery, size of the commercial opportunity, and overall potential for impact.

Cellecho Biotechnologies
Elecular Technology LLC
Sage Cerebrovascular Diagnostics

Chimera Therapeutics LLC
D-10 therapeutics, Inc.
Endure Biotherapeutics
ReBreathe Bio
Simurx, Inc.
SNJ Pharma Inc
Symphony Biosciences

Bluefin Foods
EDEN Concept Fill Inc
GELF Energy Corp
MIplus Solar Inc.

Artifex Tools
ViBo Health

Avi.AI Inc.
Zoetic Motion