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  • johndmo 5:49 pm on June 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Caltech, CHLA, Emerging Technology, FirstLookLA, , , Startups, UCI, UCLA, UCSB, , USC   

    The Innovation Culture of Southern California on Display at FirstLookLA 

    Slide2Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) presents…

    The Sixth Annual FIRST LOOK LA

    This exclusive showcase is held in order to present the investment community with a sneak peek at emerging startup opportunities, new technologies and recently-formed university spinouts from some of the Southwest’s premier research institutions.

    The 40 most promising physical science and life science technologies have been pre-screened for startup potential, providing them with an opportunity to make one-on-one connections with investors.

    This year’s showcase will include:  UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Arizona State University, and USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9AM to 4PM

    USC Institute for Creative Technologies
    12015 Waterfront Drive
    Playa Vista, California  90094

    Register here:  LAVA Presents First Look LA 

    Questions can be directed to Len Lanzi, Executive Director of LAVA: len@lava.org


    9:00AM: Registration and continental breakfast
    10:00AM: Program begins
    10:00AM – 4:00PM: Life Sciences track
    11:30AM – 4:00PM: Physical Sciences track
    12:40PM – 2:00PM: Lunch and networking

  • johndmo 10:17 pm on November 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Caltech, , Contour Energy, Flourine   

    Contour Energy wins LABJ Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award 

    Contour Energy Systems, Inc,  has won the second annual 2011 Los Angeles Business Journal Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award. The innovative portable power company commercializing next-generation battery systems is a local company that successfully commercialized technology licensed from a local university.  The annual award acknowledges organizations and executives in southern California who foster economic competitiveness with proven leadership in innovation.

    Contour Energy started out as licensed spinout  from a Caltech lab known as CFX Batteries with a $15.2 M Series A investment from CMEA, USVP and Harris & Harris in 2007.  The founding team included Dr. Robert Grubbs, a Nobel Laureate, National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of AAAS.  The company set up shop in Azusa rather than Pasadena when they couldn’t get a permit.  While Carbon, Flourine  and the ratio between them, X, chemistry had been known for 40+ years, it wasn’t until the development of nanomaterials that allowed the original science to be commercialized and differentiates their battery from ubiquitous lithium ion technology.  Earlier this year Contour Energy secured a $14.2 M round, have opened a larger facility to hold manufacturing equipment and have a seasoned management team led by Joe Fisher.

    The press release announcing the award:  Contour Energy Systems Wins Prestigious 2011 LA Business Journal Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award


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