Enhancing LA's
Life Science Ecosystem

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© 2018 by BioLA

Our Team

BioLA Leadership

The initial circle of BioLA sponsors, directors, and staff include:

Founding Sponsors

  • The County of Los Angeles

  • Amgen, one of the world’s largest biopharma companies, headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area

  • PhRMA, the association of the nation’s leading biopharma companies

  • Richard Lundquist, a major donor to the Los Angeles life sciences ecosystem

  • Richard Merkin, MD, a healthcare leader and successful health system entrepreneur

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center, one of Los Angeles’ top hospitals, science centers, and employers

  • City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes & other life-threatening diseases.

  • A national donor to science, entrepreneurship, and education [announcement pending]

Governing Board

  • David M. Carlisle, M.D., PhD, President & CEO, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science 

  • Harlan Levine, M.D., President of Strategy and Business Ventures, City of Hope

  • Dina Lozofsky, Senior Director of Licensing, UCLA Technology Development Group

  • Shlomo Melmed, M.D., EVP of Academic Affairs, Cedars-Sinai 

  • Peter Moglia, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Alexandria Real Estate Equities

  • David Piacquad, Senior VP of Business Development, Amgen

  • David Riccitiello, Senior Deputy for Economic Development, County of Los Angeles

  • Rohit Shukla, President & CEO, Larta Institute

  • Steve Ubl, President, PhRMA

  • 1-2 others [pending confirmation]

Scientific Advisory Board

The Board is working with staff and stakeholders to recruit a distinguished panel of technical advisors to assist in evaluating funding and investment decisions.


The Board has engaged seasoned consultants to launch the organization, initiate activities, and conduct a CEO search.

Daniel Tellalian, 


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Los Angeles-based strategic consultant and investment advisor

Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD

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Founding CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative

Seth Levy, Esq.

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Partner, Nixon Peabody, legal counsel