Pitch. Launch. Grow. Demo Day

OC's annual pitch competition for life science start-ups

Join us for Pitch. Launch. Grow. Demo Day. Finalists present live on August 24, 2022, where the winner of Pitch. Launch. Grow. 2022 will be announced.

Network, engage, and watch the Demo Day at the limited-attendance event. The in-person networking event will take place at The Cove at UCI Beall Applied Innovation.

The life science industry is one that encompasses a wide range of areas. These areas can include companies operating in the fields of drug discovery, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and therapeutics offering innovative products and services.

Read more about the 2022 finalists!

In 2021, we received 70+ applicants and attracted 180+ attendees at the in-person Demo Day. Read more about last year's winners.

Prize: Priority admission or renewal to University Lab Partners and 1-year ULP lab space (one (1) - 6ft lab bench) valued at $29,400.

Event Schedule

4:00 PM Registration, Networking

4:30 PM Welcome remarks

4:45 PM Keynote Presentation featuring Juan Cueva, Director, Early Innovation Partnering at Johnson & Johnson

5:30 PM Finalist Pitches

6:30 PM Networking with sips and apps

7:15 PM Winner of 2022 Pitch. Launch. Grow. Announcement


Keynote Speaker

Juan Cueva, Johnson and Johnson

Juan Cueva, PhD

Director, Early Innovation Partnering
Johnson and Johnson

Juan is Director, Early Innovation Partnering at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California. In this role, he focuses on pharmaceutical innovation in support of the neuroscience and discovery and product development & supply businesses. His charge is to identify licensing, collaboration, and investment opportunities highly aligned with Johnson & Johnson business strategies by building relationships with entrepreneurs, venture investors, and key opinion leaders. Previously, Juan was Investor and Board Observer at Action Potential Venture Capital where he led sourcing, research, and due diligence in bioelectronic therapeutic technologies. Juan has also held various roles in venture capital and management consulting, as well as key operational roles including Business Development Manager at Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals. Juan is a proud mentor to underrepresented students and professionals in STEM-related fields and is a board member for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Juan completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, where he focused on neuroscience, molecular biology, and genetics. Juan earned his B.S in Neuroscience and Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of California Los Angeles, and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Event Details

Community Event

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

04:00 PM - 07:30 PM

UCI Beall Applied Innovation

5270 California Ave, Irvine, CA 92617

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