Betting on Bioscience: New El Sereno lab space seeks high-tech startups

HATCH Labs features Man One mural of El Sereno biomed executive Willie Zuniga

El Sereno — A  grand opening was held Tuesday for a new bioscience lab and office building, opening up space for researchers and entrepreneurs.

The developer of HATCHlabs, in the 5300 block of Alhambra Avenue, is wooing cutting edge start ups to set up shop in a former 80-year old, 22,000-square-foot furniture factory and warehouse. The exterior features a large portrait by artist Man One of Willie Zuniga, an El Sereno native who heads the nearby outpost of Grifols Biologicalswhich develops plasma and protein therapies to treat a wide variety of diseases.

The project is part of what officials are promoting as an emerging bioscience corridor between the USC Health Sciences Campus in Boyle Heights and Cal State Los Angeles and Grifols in El Sereno.  In 2016, Cal State L.A. broke ground on the Rongxiang Xu Bioscience Innovation Center and LA Biospace incubator, which will house and support industry entrepreneurs.

HatchLAB is designed to cater to growing startup firms that have been incubated at places like Cal State L.A.

The bioscience corridor is being championed by L.A. Bioscience Hub, a group dedicated to supporting and promoting the bioscience industry in the area.  The organization sees opportunity in the many old, neglected and relatively small industrial and commercial buildings that dot the area.

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  1. Mural credit or mention would be appreciated.

  2. This is wonderful news for Cal State Los Angeles. Finally, folks are looking east to collaborate with the students of CSULA. Traditionally this university has been looked over and it’s obvious why. The majority of students at CSULA are minority students and many work their way through college, yet the city of LA has never identified nor utilized the rich talent and intelligence that CSULA so desperately wants to share. Kudos to this organization for breaking the mold and teaching east!!!

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