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Recap: First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020

Event Program Full Videos


Welcome + Keynote

Ajay Nirula, VP Immunology at Lilly Research Laboratories

“Lilly’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”

Startup Presentations Session 1: Therapeutics 1

Alyra Therapeutics • Xiretsa • Palm Therapeutics • Visicell Medical • Cellaccura Biosciences 

Startup Presentations Session 2: Therapeutics 2

AquaTeX Medical • BioJam Technologies • Amplifica • SPG Therapeutics • Syntr Health Technologies

Workshop for Startups, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

“Legal Strategies for the Emerging Growth Life Science Company and Key Tech Transfer Considerations”

Matt Bresnahan (WSGR) + Keith Hoffman (Lundquist Institute)

Startup Presentations Session 3: Diagnostics & Devices

Autism Diagnostics • De Oro Devices • SimplSeq • Epinoma • Makani Science • CERN

VC Investor Panel Discussion:

“Which way is up? Investing in biotech during a global pandemic and a world turned upside down”

Alex Andrianopolous Chief R&D Officer, Kairos Ventures
Alice Ly Principal Alexandria Venture Investments
Sean Harper Founding Managing Director, Westlake Ventures
Nancy Hong Managing Director, RiverVest
Gladys Nunez Principal, Amgen Ventures
Mory Gharib Professor & Entrepreneur, Caltech (moderator)

Day 2: Technology Track

Welcome + Keynote

Alan Jacobson, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Alteryx

“Innovation and Transformation in Business”

Startup Presentations Session 1: Energy & Materials

BioZen Batteries • FixingCO2 • SiLi-ion • Buoy Buddy • Beamlet

Startup Presentations Session 2: Agriculture & Environment

Delphire • AquaTrax • Farmsense • Shamrock Greens • Spero Renewables

Workshop for Startups, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

“Trends in Early Stage VC Investing for Emerging Growth Startups”

Zach Myers (WSGR)

Startup Presentations Session 3: Computing & Hardware

Microscape • Tyme for Survivors • Optimal IC Technologies • memwris • Allthenticate

VC Investor Panel Discussion:

“Can we innovate our way out of it? Investing in early stage technology during unprecedented times”

Rick Smith Co-founder & Managing Partner, Crosscut Ventures
David Fleck Founder & Managing Partner, Freeflow
Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly Venture Partner, Good Growth Capital
Minnie Ingersoll Venture Partner, TenOneTen
Shahin Farshchi Partner, Lux Capital
Andy Wilson Executive Director, Alliance for SoCal Innovation (moderator)