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Courtesy of Fred Farina

On this episode of the LA Venture podcast, Caltech’s Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer Fred Farina discusses how the university converts fundamental research into new technology and supports developing startups.

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Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars helicopter experiment worked so nicely they had to do it twice.

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Justin Han

Some 15-odd years ago, the Alliance for SoCal Innovation put on a workshop for academics looking to wade into the world of commercialized technology.

Fast forward to 2022 and the Alliance is gearing up for the latest edition of its annual First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase, taking place Tuesday at the Skirball Cultural Center. This year’s lineup of 24 early-stage life sciences and tech startups—tapped from the Alliance’s network of universities and incubators—will have the chance to pitch their ventures and meet with potential investors, mentors and industry executives as they look for what, in most cases, will be their first round of commercial funding.

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