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Future Forum: Future of Medical Research and Treatments

March 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

From initial research, to testing potential cures and preventions, and now revolutionizing supply chains and distribution, the bioscience industry faced perhaps its greatest challenge in modern history during 2020.  How has this changed the bioscience industry in Los Angeles, given rise to new development partnerships, protocols and processes, and what are the opportunities related to this rapid change?
Explore these issues by attending LAEDC’s Future of Medical Research and Treatment: Impacts of the Pandemic.
Keynote speaker, renowned bioscience visionary Patrick Soon-Shiong and an expert panel will analyze how the events of the past year sped up growth of the industry and what long-term impacts the pandemic will have on medical treatment development, approval, and distribution.

March 18, 2021 from 11:00am-12:15pm


Keynote speaker Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS (C), FACS
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., a physician, surgeon, scientist, inventor, technologist and philanthropist, has devoted his career to understanding the fundamental biology driving life-threatening diseases and translating these insights into medical innovations with global impact.
He serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NantWorks, an ecosystem of companies with deep understandings in a wide variety of complex industries, from medical science to physics, from data to AI and from communications to mobility.
In 2020, Dr. Soon-Shiong and his scientific team devoted their resources and scientific expertise to the development of a vaccine to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizing their expertise in treating cancer, Dr. Soon-Shiong and his team took the novel approach of developing a vaccine that would induce both antibodies and T cells to clear the virus. With the evolution of the virus and mutations in Spike, the N + S T cell vaccine developed by ImmunityBio could provide a solution to the rapidly mutating SARS-CoV-2 virus. By developing a room temperature oral form of the vaccine, global distribution, especially to developing countries could be achieved.

The panel discussion will include:

  • What was the growth of the industry prior to the pandemic? How did the pandemic impact growth?
  • What innovations pre and during pandemic have expedited the FDA approval process?
  • How will the industry impact an economic recovery and how is the industry “growing jobs” in the region?
  • Supply chain issues
  • Medical research and treatment development
  • Workforce of the future
  • Economic Impact

Several exciting new building projects are proceeding across campus, helping usher in a new era at CSUDH. There are currently three major construction projects happening: the Science and Innovation Building, Innovation and Instruction Building, and new Student Housing complex. (President Parham pictured)

The Future Forum series is sponsored by CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) which is an incredibly important educational institution for all Angelinos, and LAEDC hopes you will take just a moment to click through to learn more about the university.


March 18, 2021
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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