Research & Development
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Los Angeles County is home to three world-class research universities: USC, UCLA, and Caltech. These educational institutions combined graduate more engineers than anywhere else in the country. Los Angeles County is rich in research centers and institutions.
As the home of research and development for the aerospace and aviation industry, substantial innovation in the digital media industry, the ocean economy, cleantech R&D labs, bioscience incubators and a tremendous amount of business innovation as well, Los Angeles County institutions are providing the foundation for ground-breaking developments in addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Educational Research Advancements
UCLA has the proud declaration of 1,800 inventions, over 350 medical research centers, labs and institutes, and receiving $1 billion in research funding annually. The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at UCLA is a nonprofit scientific research organization influencing health and health care advancements throughout the world.
Caltech researchers are furthering technology and theory, influencing biology, chemistry and chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geological and planetary sciences, humanities and social sciences, brain sciences, including robotic prosthetics, physics, mathematics and astronomy. For example, Caltech’s Resnick Institute is advancing science in renewable energy, with new solar cell concepts, fuel cell research, and artificial photosynthesis research to produce clean hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water. Caltech’s relationship with JPL is one factor that leads to 50 patent licenses annually and a robust technology transfer program to commercialize these technologies.
With almost 70 research centers at USC, the university is impacting global and social issues. Software providing interactive training solutions to help soldiers and diplomats communicate more effectively with other cultures had its beginnings at the USC Information Sciences Institute. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute researches issues related to public health and provides $1.5 million in pilot funding each year. The funding has helped more than 600 researchers, and collaborates with over 25 community partners. Through the Stevens Center for Innovation, R&D efforts resulted in developing the first sensor technology allowing robots to replicate the human sense of touch, with applications for prosthetics use, in hazardous environments, and other touch-sensitive uses.
Public and Private Sector Industry Leadership
In Los Angeles County, innovation and patent filings provide fertile ground for new businesses, commercialization, tech transfer, and business formation.
The Honda Research Center in Torrance spearheads the company’s product planning, styling design, engineering research, and market research. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) are sources of innovation. The number of businesses adding to the R&D work in Los Angeles County is substantial.
The LAEDC is also doing its part to ensure that Los Angeles County creates a framework for the world’s emerging industries, including cleantech, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and the related creation of good jobs.