First Look SoCal Showcase 2019

19 Jun 2019
1:00pm - 8:00pm PDT






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Come see the breakthrough technologies and innovations emerging from SoCal's top research labs and institutions.


The First Look SoCal Showcase is the premier annual conference celebrating the best early stage teams commercializing deep tech and life science breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. The program will feature quick-pitch presentations from the 30 selected teams who will be split into three concurrent domain tracks: Life Science Diagnostics, Life Science Therapeutics, and Tech (Software/Hardware/Materials). Each presentation is followed by panel-led and audience Q&A.

There will also be a private meet and greet space for investors and teams to connect during the event. An investor panel discussion and networking cocktail reception to follow presentations.


You’ll see…

Inventors who represent the region’s diversity of STEM talent and ideas

Quick-pitch presentations from 30 selected early-stage companies commercializing scientific breakthroughs discovered and developed in SoCal

A panel of investors on the front lines of deep tech and life science funding 

Innovations from SoCal’s top research universities and institutions


Why You Should Attend

Unparalleled opportunities for SoCal startup teams to connect with investors, mentors and other support resources crucial at the early seed stage

Discover plentiful investment opportunities with companies on track to raise series A funding

Network with SoCal’s professional community focused on commercializing deep tech such as venture capitalists and early stage angel investors as well as entrepreneurs, government and business leaders, and senior administrators from the universities.


The Pasadena Convention Center

300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101 



Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1PM to 8PM

12:30 PM                            Check-in

1:30 PM                               Welcome + Keynote Speaker

2:20 PM                               Startup Team Presentations (3 concurrent tracks)

5:30 PM                               Investor Panel 

6:15 PM                               Networking Reception


Keynote Speakers*

Beth Seidenberg - Founding Managing Director, Westlake Village BioPartners

Gene Sykes - Chairman, Alliance for SoCal Innovation


VC Panel*

Alex Andrianopoulos - Chief Research and Development Officer, Kairos Ventures

Minnie Ingersoll - Partner, TenOneTen Ventures

Hallie Kuhn - Principal, Alexandria Venture Investments

Sean Moriarty - Chief Executive Officer of Leaf Group (moderator)

Kevin Zhang - Partner at Upfront Ventures

Molly Schmid - Advisor/Consultant at UC Irvine + EIR, Alfred Mann Institute


*please visit the Alliance website for bios


Meet the Teams*


 - Life Science – Therapeutics Track -

Angeles Therapeutics, Inc - Preet Chaudhary, Founder | USC

Basilard BioTech - Masaru Rao, Assoc. Professor | UC Riverside

BioVinc - Shuting Sun, CEO | CalState LA

CarthroniX - Amir Nobakht, COO | USC

Diadem Biotherapeutics - Milad Riazifar, CTO | CalState LA

DTx Pharma - Artie Suckow, CEO | University of San Diego

JeniVision Inc - Jenny Wang, CEO | UC Irvine

Radoptics LLC - Bahman Anvar, Professor & Founder | UC Riverside

RNAceuticals, Inc. - Frank Volvovitz, President | UC Irvine


 - Life Science – Diagnostics Track  - 

Abreos Biosciences - Bradley Messmer, Doctor & CEO | UC San Diego

bioProtonics, Inc. - Tim James, CEO | UC Santa Barbara

Brainleap Technologies, Inc. - Jeff Coleman, CEO | UC San Diego

HouseCalls Mobile - Courtney Farr, Nurse Practitioner | Cal Poly

Milo Sensors - Bob Lansdorp, CTO | UC Santa Barbara

NOWA Innovations - Nasam Chokr, CEO | UC Irvine

RadCare - Chris Straka, CEO | UC San Diego

Soft Health Technologies LLC - Jenna Anderson, Co-founder | UC Irvine

Vantronics LLC - Gary Lauterbach | Skysong Enterprises

Veocor Diagnostics - Lorenzo Rossini, Co-Founder & CEO | UC San Diego


 - Technology Track  - 

Clearbridge Biophotonics FPM Inc - Paul Sargeant, CEO | Caltech

ETC Solar Inc - Thomas Russell | Caltech

FreeGen Technologies - Saakib Akbany, Co-founder & CEO | UC San Diego

Helicoid Industries Inc - Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO | UC Riverside

Mesh Candy - Brand Caso, CEO | CalState LA

N3: Nanomechanical Neural Networks - Warren Fon, Research Engineer | Caltech

Tastry - Katerina Axelsson, CEO & Founder | Cal Poly

The Hurd Co - Taylor Heisley-Cook, Co-Founder & CEO | UC Santa Barbara


*please visit the Alliance website for team descriptions



How can I contact the organizer about Sponsorship or for exhibiting my organization at the event?
Please contact Steve Gilison at about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for this event.

How can I contact the organizer about speaking?
We would love to hear your suggestions and nominations for speakers. Know that we cannot accommodate all requests. Please contact Steve Gilison (

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer group rates for 3 or more attendees. Please contact Vicki at about group rates.

What’s the refund policy?
Plans change, we get it. If you can’t attend, please try to transfer your ticket to a colleague who’d enjoy it (see instructions below). If all else fails, you can get a full refund (minus transaction fees) up to the day before the event. Please see refund policy  here.

What is the parking situation?
Two Entrances: Marengo Avenue to the west and Euclid Avenue to the east between Green Street and Cordova. Parking Cost: $15 a day for up to 16 hours

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need. Proceed to the check-in desk and give us your name and company and/or show us your ticket on your mobile phone.

Is my registration or ticket transferable?
If you wish to transfer your ticket, please notify Vicki at no later than 5:00pm PST on June 14th. Please supply the first name, last name, email, company, title and cell phone number of the person you are transferring the ticket to.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?
Yes. Please contact Vicki at if you would like to volunteer for the event.


Participating Institutions


19 Jun 2019
1:00pm - 8:00pm PDT

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