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Biocom, the San Diego-based organization that represents 750 Southern California life science industry companies, announced Monday the establishment of a Los Angeles office.

“Biocom’s goal in Los Angeles is to accelerate the growth of a thriving, dynamic life sciences community, leveraging the many building blocks already in place,” according to a Biocom statement.

According to Biocom, nearly 300 biopharmaceutical and medical device companies are headquartered in Los Angeles County, in addition to teaching hospitals and biomedical research organizations.

The area “also boasts a highly skilled talent pool of life science graduates,” many with advanced degrees, according to Biocom.

“Los Angeles as a region has enormous potential to unify and thrive as a successful life science cluster,” said Biocom President and CEO Joe Panetta. “As we listen to the needs of the industry, we see activities and programs we can introduce, and best practices we can offer, to promote the success of L.A. as a life science powerhouse.

“Our long-term goal is to bring a strong, cohesive voice that advocates for the industry, venture capital funding, regulatory pathways, partnerships, technology transfer and talent retention,” he said. “We recognize a trend of entrepreneurs taking innovations they discovered in Los Angeles to companies in other parts of the country for further development and commercialization.”

Dina Lozofsky, who was named executive director of the Los Angeles operation, has more than two decades of experience in the science and technology industries of Southern California.

Most recently, she served as associate director for licensing and business development at UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Technology and Industry Alliances, where she designed, launched and led a program to mentor and support startup companies formed around UCSB technology.

Lozofsky has also worked in the technology transfer offices of both UCLA and the University of Southern California, and has served in various private sector roles, including as vice president of corporate development for a next- generation solar company, Solarmer Energy.

Lozofsky has a degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

—City News Service

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