Southern California is teeming with innovative companies helping to pave the way for a better world through biotechnology. With upwards of 500 such companies headquartered in Southern California, there is a veritable wellspring of technological advancement driving some of the world’s most remarkable and exciting medical breakthroughs once considered far-fetched science fiction. From specialized executive staffing to a few privately held Ventura and Los Angeles–based companies, these represent innovation in the spectrum of health care.
Amethyst Life Sciences, Ventura Bio Center
Thousand Oaks, CA
Director Greg Cauchon, Ph.D.
Innovation Start-up incubator for medical/biotech companies in the region
Mission Enable new start-up businesses in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, nanotechnology, and materials science.
Sizzle Actively seeking C-level executives to staff startup companies in the incubator.
Thousand Oaks, CA
CEO Isaac Ciechanover
Innovation Treatments for some of the world’s most serious illnesses.
Sizzle Atara hopes to revolutionize the way we treat cancer. Drugs in development like NINA 842 and STM 434 help to prevent cachexia and ovarian cancer and other solid tumors, respectively.
Los Angeles, CA
CEO Aya Jakobovits
Innovation Design and development of pioneering immune-based targeted therapies for multiple cancer indications
Sizzle Using personalized immunotherapies, Kite Pharma is changing the way the human immune system can respond to fighting tumor cells.
CEO Sean Caffey
Innovation MicroPumpTM System
Sizzle Refillable, implantable ocular drug pump can be programmed to dispense precise nanoliter-sized doses as needed over six to nine months before the next refill.
CEO Robert Greenberg
Innovation Argus II
Sizzle Developing implantable visual prosthetics that can actually restore vision in blind individuals.
SetPoint Medical Corp
CEO Anthony Arnold
Innovation Neuromodulation therapies for the treatment of Inflammatory diseases.
Sizzle Targeting diseases like Crone’s, Setpoint hopes to allow people with inflammatory diseases to live happier, more pain-free lives.
Port Hueneme, CA
CEO Frank Oakes
Innovation Stellar KLH™ protein for vaccine conjugation, immunotoxicology, and immunological research
Sizzle Developing a KLH protein that is safe to use for the development and advancement of human vaccines.
Timer Cap Co.
Westlake Village, CA
Founder Richard Burke, Jr.
Innovation Medication bottles with timer to track when the previous dosage was taken.
Sizzle Gives patients increased control over medication schedule.
President/CEO Bassil Dahiyat
Innovation Proprietary protein engineering technologies to develop better biotherapeutics – antibodies that target new biological mechanisms and are more potent, safer and longer lasting – to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
Sizzle Technologies developed by Xencor can help humans live healthier, longer lives.