Bioscience Talent Connection
Bioscience Talent Connection

Bioscience Talent Connection

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University of Southern California

Ray R. Irani Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90089-2910

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Supported by USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and USC Department of Chemistry.

Are you a life science student, a postdoc or a scientist in academia looking for more opportunities to learn and branch into the biotech field? If this sounds like you, please join Biotech Connection Los Angeles (BCLA) and experience our Bioscience Talent Connection!

Our idea behind organizing this full-day event is to introduce biotech companies and professionals from the Greater Los Angeles area to life science students, postdocs and scientists looking for a career path outside of academia. The program will begin with a career panel discussion followed by a networking lunch and conclude with a showcase of local biotech companies.

Event Schedule

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Registration

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM Opening Remarks

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM Career Panel & Round Table Discussion

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Career Presentation (To Be Announced)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch (Light snacks & refreshments)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Job Fair and Company Spotlights

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Job Fair

Our Gold Sponsors will be hosting special information sessions (Company Spotlights) during the first hour of the career fair. Attendees are highly encouraged to attend these sessions as this will be a great opportunity to get in depth information about the company and what candidates they are looking for.

Schedule for Company Spotlights will be announced soon!

**Access to the room during career panel presentation and company spotlights is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis**

Career Panelist Biographies

Scientific Affairs

Sarah Madsen | AMGEN

Sarah Madsen is a global scientific communications manager at Amgen. She has 10+ years of neuroscience research experience in human brain MRI image analysis, over 50 accepted peer-reviewed journal papers, 7 as first author, 24 conference abstracts and extensive experience writing and editing scientific protocols, papers, abstracts, and posters. She has coordinated several large science outreach events to teaches health and science to the lay-audience, especially coding and neuroscience.

Scientific Affairs

Rachel Raynes | AMGEN

Rachel Raynes is a medical writing manager at Amgen. As a medical writer, she has experience in a number of therapeutic areas including hyperkalemia, diabetes, and oncology.excel in scientific communication for pharmaceutical, academic, and general audiences. In addition to creating and editing scientific content, she is highly skilled at data presentation and formatting complex ideas both logically and aesthetically. Her research research background in molecular biology focused on biogerontology, proteome quality control, and adaptive stress responses.

Product Development


Stuart Jaffe is a QA/QC senior manager responsible for overseeing both the QC Laboratory and QA Release Group that test and release all work in process and final product. He is also responsible for overseeing the entire stability program for the Transplant Diagnostics Division. He possesses twenty-five years of progressive experience in the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries with proven ability to lead Quality Control and Quality Assurance organizations. Proven ability to implement continuous improvement and cost reduction initiatives. In depth knowledge of cGMP, ICH and ISO13485 regulated manufacturing environments


Stephen Glynn | ZS ASSOCIATES

Stephen Glynn is currently a business associate consultant at ZS associates, working on sales, marketing and strategic consulting projects primarily in the pharmaceutical industry. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Southern California.

Business Development


Kathryn Zavala received her PhD in Molecular and Cell Developmental Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a program director at MedTech Innovator.



The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering (AMI-USC) was established at the University of Southern California in 1998. Its mission is to help bridge the gap between biomedical innovation and the creation of commercially successful medical products to improve and save lives. The University of Southern California was selected because it is one of a small number of premier research institutions on which the nation depends for a steady stream of new knowledge, art, and technology. USC has nearly $700 million in annual research expenditures and has the largest graduate program in science, engineering, and health of all private research universities.

Cell Care Therapeutics

Cell Care Therapeutics is developing cellular therapies for the treatment of inflammatory and degenerative diseases.


We are one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, we’ve applied our unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed lives. We succeed through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.


DxTerity develops genomic tests and provides contract services and technologies to partner organizations including patient recruitment for clinical studies, high throughput genomic testing in our CLIA licensed/CAP accredited genomics laboratory, Compliant Quality System Regulation (QSR) Product Development and cGMP diagnostic kit manufacturing.


LA BioMed is a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to saving lives not only in the greater Los Angeles metro area but throughout the world. The organization is located on the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Campus and affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Over the past six decades, LA BioMed’s physician-researchers have been responsible for some of the most important breakthroughs in medicine today. It is often said that “someday they will find a way.” When it comes to discovery science that drives medical breakthroughs, “they” are here at LA BioMed and “someday” is today.

Lab Launch

Lab Launch provides affordable, accessible lab space for all types of life science startups in the LA area


NantWorks, LLC develops an application for image recognition. The company uses semiconductor chips, switches and encryption technologies, augmented reality, novel object and voice recognition technologies, broadband telecommunications services, and ultra-low power remote monitoring technologies. NantWorks, LLC was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Culver City, California.


VWR (NASDAQ: VWR), headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is the leading, global, independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. With sales in excess of $4.3 billion in 2015, VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries

With more than 160 years of experience, VWR has cultivated a value proposition delivering product choice, operational excellence and differentiated services to improve our customers' productivity from research to production. VWR's differentiated services provide innovative, flexible and customized solutions from scientific research services to custom-manufactured chemical blends.


Xencor is expanding the therapeutic boundaries of monoclonal antibody drugs. Powered by its XmAb antibody engineering platform, Xencor is developing a broad pipeline of drug candidates that are optimized to treat autoimmune disorders, cancer, asthma and allergic diseases. 10 programs are in clinical testing and many more are in preclinical development.

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