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LA BioMed launches first-ever comprehensive doctoral program in translational research

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 12th, 2018

LA BioMed has launched a doctoral program in translational research, the first comprehensive degree of its kind. The program will be co-located with LA BioMed’s research facilities and biotech incubator in Torrance, CA, alongside a future bioscience tech park, level one trauma center, and academic teaching hospital.

“Students who complete this program will be a triple threat with the clinical, business and research skills necessary to translate their own groundbreaking research [into] viable programs for the public good,” said David Meyer, PhD, president and CEO of LA BioMed. “Since this is the only all-encompassing program of its kind, students can expect a competitive and challenging experience every step of the way – from application to graduation,” he added.

According to LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the new program is part of a broader effort to make Los Angeles County a world-renowned bioscience hub. “With this program, LA BioMed will make sure that the next generation of researchers has the tools to translate laboratory discoveries into new diagnostics, devices and therapeutics with global impact.”

The three- to four-year program will focus on providing students with the tools to lead breakthrough research, as well as the business savvy to patent intellectual property, gain regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, and create start-ups from their discoveries.

“We wanted to make sure students were prepared for every aspect of researching and implementing treatment after completing our program,” said Keith Hoffman, PhD, LA BioMed’s vice president for business development and tech transfer. “It’s important that students are well-versed in the science and research aspects, but also in navigating regulations and developing business plans to bring their methods to fruition.”

Each student in the program will be paired with a PhD or MD thesis adviser who has direct and extensive experience in translational research and have affiliations with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Source: PR Newswire

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