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California: Scale up your Biotech, Medtech and Digital Health business in Irvine, Orange County

13.02.2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Mayor’s International Business Programme

To help British companies explore business opportunities in Southern California

London & Partners are organising a panel discussion with the city of Irvine/Orange County, involving a senior delegation of business, life science, technology and funding experts, in collaboration with OneNucleus, the Association of British Healthtech Industries (ABHI), TechUK, the UK Department of International Trade (and more partners).

The goal of this third mission to the U.K. is to build awareness for Irvine/Orange County and its life science/technology industry strength and identify, connect with and encourage U.K.-based life science companies to look at Irvine/Orange County when they consider setting up a subsidiary in the U.S. and California.

Why attend?

  • UK and Irvine/Orange county Life Science ecosystems:

There is great potential for exchanging expertise between the U.K. and Orange County clusters in how the regional ecosystem can be facilitated in creating and growing world class life science technology companies in biotech, medtech and digital health.

  • Raise funds in California:

Information on how to access the biggest Angel and Venture capital network in the US to scale up your company.

  • Access to a world class talent pool and business support:

The depth of the Irvine cluster in this field means it represents an excellent pool of talents, investors and partners for UK-based companies seeking to set-up operations in the US


14.30 – Arrival and Registration

15.00 – Welcome remarks by The Honorable Don Wagner, Mayor of Irvine

15.10 – Introduction of Irvine, Orange County and the Southern California ecosystem

15.20 – Panel Discussion with industry experts: “Building the Life Science & Med Tech ecosystem to accelerate success”

16.10 – Short break

16.20 – Panel Discussion with industry experts: “Scale-up your business in California: support available from accelerators, industry associations and government agencies”

17.10 – Networking


Linda Di Mario, Executive Director of Irvine Greater Chamber of Commerce

Speakers from California will include:

Bryan Starr, Greater Irvine Chamber, President & CEO

Leigh Volkland, Edwards Lifesciences, Senior Director, Government Affairs

Dr. Sesha Neervannan, Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development, Allergan

Bill Carpou, OCTANe “Building the SoCal of Tomorrow”, CEO

Dr. Steven Small, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Medical Innovation Institute Chief Scientific Officer

Speakers from the UK will include:

A representative from Mayor’s International Business Programme (speaker TBC)

A representative from the Department for International Trade (speaker TBC)

A representative from ABHI (speaker TBC)

A representative from TechUK (speaker TBC)

A British company in Life Science / Digital health with a presence in Irvine (speaker TBC)

Want individual appointments with the Irvine/Orange County delegation?

Four full days of meetings with U.K. companies are being planned on 11-14 February, just select the “individual appointment” ticket option.

About us:

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.

Life Sciences in Irvine/Orange County

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).

Major companies: Edward Lifesciences, Medtronic Heart Valves, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc, Baxter International Inc, Allergan Inc, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Avid Bioservices, Inc.

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.

Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce

We help businesses connect with people, resources, new markets, customers and capital. We encourage and nurture startups. We advocate for business interests. We pave the way for business success. We help foreign-owned companies find a “home” in Irvine/Orange County, California.

In collaboration with an impressive network of public and private companies and organizations are ready to offer qualified life science companies a resource-rich package of decision-making incentives and transition benefits.