UK Life Sciences companies are invited to meet Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce and its partner organisations to discuss trade, investment and funding opportunities in Southern California. Home to Life sciences innovators including companies, laboratories and academic research institutes, employing 281,000 people in 2,848 companies and generating $130bn annual revenue, find out how you can be part of this innovative life sciences ecosystem.

A series of one-to one meetings and a networking lunch will take place on Monday 13 February at K & L Gates, One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF.  To book a meeting or be part of the networking lunch, please email colin.mccullagh@ocoglobal.com.

In addition, everyone from the Life Sciences ecosystem is invited to an evening reception, taking place at Tower Bridge on Thursday 16 February from 18:30 – 21:00.  Register to attend this FREE event.

Experts in attendance include:

  • Leigh Volkland, VP Government Relations, Edwards Life Sciences edwards.com(Life sciences group headquartered in Irvine)
  • Bill Carpou, President & CEO of Octane octaneoc.org(Life sciences accelerator – connects new medical innovators to angel investors)
  • Kate Klimow, Community & Government Affairs, University of California in Irvine uci.edu(Life sciences R&D centres)
  • Linda DiMario, Irvine Chamber, Vice-President, Economic Development irvinechambereconomicdevelopment.com(Economic development organisation)

Life Sciences in California – A major industry

Home to Life sciences innovators including companies, laboratories and academic research institutes – employing 281,000 people in 2,848 companies and generating $130b annual revenue.

Easy access to capital with 60% of the $62b venture capital in life sciences nationwide going to California based companies – Irvine Chamber has a network of partners in Venture Capital, Angel Networks and the banking community ready to work with you.

Irvine – leading Southern California’s life sciences and technology sectors

  • Cutting edge R&D – Irvine and Orange County became a hotbed for the life science industry initially in the 1950s. Today it has 1,100 life science companies, employing more than 43,000 persons generating $35.3b annually. Irvine has one of the top 100 universities on the Shanghai Index: University of California in Irvine (UCI).
  • Technology ecosystem – Irvine has innovative start-up ecosystem and launch pads (such as OCTANe, which connects new medical innovators to angel investors) specialising in medical devices and biotechnologies with a cost of business 50% less than Silicon Valley.

Get in touch with Colin McCullagh, Director at OCO, if you would like to know more at colin.mccullagh@ocoglobal.com