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OC LIFe - How to Leverage Non-Dilutive Funding

OC LIFe aims to connect industry with entrepreneurs and strengthen the life sciences community.

How to Leverage Non-Dilutive Funding

Non-dilutive funding is always valuable to startups and SBIR awards are attractive options for life science founders.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Join this month's OC LIFe to hear from the successful recipients of the SBIR grant as they share their experiences. Grant expert, Laura Cobb from ScienceDocs, will discuss what is new and what has changed. Are temporary measures from the last two years over? Are there more funding opportunities than ever?

Create Connections that Could Last a Lifetime

The Orange County Lifesciences Innovators Forum (OC LIFe) is a bi-monthly marquee event series focused on creating a collaborative environment that fosters connections between innovators in the life sciences and medtech industry.

Dinner will be served.


The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Event Schedule

5:00pm - Registration and Networking

5:45pm - Dinner and Panel Presentation and Discussion

7:15pm - Networking


$10 Early Bird (Non-ULP Member) - Ends 04/05/2023 @ 11:59 PM

$45 General Admission

Complimentary for ULP Member. ULP Members can find their promo code on the Community Portal.




Event Panelists

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Laura Cobb

Senior Grant Consultant

Experienced PhD-trained Medical Writer with a demonstrated history of success in the Scientific and Medical Writing and Communications industry. Specialties include grant, manuscript, and publication writing.

Damian Wheeler

Damian Wheeler

Co-Founder & CEO
Translucence Biosystems

Neuroscientist and entrepreneur with extensive training in both academia and drug discovery. Vast academic experience studying neuronal plasticity and the mechanisms by which ion channel coupling to signaling pathways controls gene expression in neurons. Drug discovery expertise in target discovery, assay development, genomics, and project team leadership.

Ray Liu Vena Vitals

Ray Liu

CEO & Co-Founder
Vena Vitals

Multi-faceted entrepreneurial leader in healthcare technology with 15+ years of experience in bringing impactful products to market.

I've built, launched, and ran products and services for both large multinationals and small startups. I've helped lead two health tech companies to successful acquisitions and now working on building Vena Vitals to transform blood pressure monitoring to provide better care to millions of patients across the globe.

Josh Kim

Josh Kim

CTO & Co-Founder
Vena Vitals

Event Sponsors


Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 450 lawyers practicing in 16 locations throughout the United States and in Mexico, including three offices in California. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer’s life science and medical technology lawyers currently represent a diverse client base from the bioscience, pharmaceutical (both prescription and OTC), medical device and healthcare industries, ranging from large publicly traded organizations to early and mid-stage start-up companies. Clients include manufacturers, distributors, inventors, researchers, venture capitalists, angel investors, engineers, product designers and vendors, in their intellectual property, transactional, litigation and various other legal matters.

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NexCore Group is a national healthcare real estate investment and development company that focuses on acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare facilities including medical office buildings, wellness facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, single and multi-specialty physician buildings, life sciences facilities, seniors housing communities and transitional rehabilitation centers. NexCore has completed $4.7 billion in healthcare real estate transactions throughout 29 states, developed and acquired over 14.3 million square feet of healthcare properties across the country and currently manages over $2.9 billion of healthcare facilities spanning 7.3 million square feet. The company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top Healthcare Real Estate Developers in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare and HREI.


HATCHspaces ®, LLC is a Los Angeles-based real estate development platform focused on simplifying the process of scientific innovation by creating purpose-built life sciences facilities for companies emerging from academic and incubator networks. With properties in various regional submarkets, HATCHspaces’® mission is to deliver the life science community state-of-the-art lab facilities at varying scales, allowing regions to retain early-stage bioscience and biotechnology start-ups emerging from research environments.

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Our tagline, HR that Makes a Difference™, defines what we do. It emphasizes that human resources is a key driver of growth and contributes to a business’s bottom line. This is what sets Insperity apart.

Insperity has a long history of improving the success equation of small and midsize businesses across the country – because when businesses succeed, communities prosper.

And in today’s changing business environment, it’s our privilege to take care of an organization’s most valuable asset: its people.

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The Largest and Most Experienced Advocate

For over 25 years, Biocom California has helped move the life science industry forward with transformative resources that enable companies to make meaningful connections. Biocom California harnesses the collective power and experience of the most innovative and productive life science clusters in the world, with powerful advocacy and transformative programs to help companies in their quest to improve the human condition.

Event Details

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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