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 23, 2023, where the winner of Pitch. Launch. Grow. 2023 will be announced.

Hear from Keynote Speaker, Biren Mehta, Vice President, Venture Investments at Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

Startups have the opportunity to apply for 2 tracks, life science and medical technologies. The life science track includes companies developing technology in drug discovery, pharmaceuticals, and therapeutics. The medical technologies track includes companies developing medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health innovations.

Learn More About the Finalists

2 Tracks, 2 Prizes

Life Science

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

Cash prize equal to ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Medical Technologies

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

Cash prize equal to ten thousand dollars ($10,000).


UCI Beall Applied Innovation

5270 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617

Event Schedule

4:00PM Registration, networking, sips and apps

4:30PM Welcome remarks

4:45PM Keynote Presentation 

5:30PM Finalist pitches

6:30PM Networking, sips and apps

7:15PM Winner of 2023 Pitch. Launch. Grow. Announcement





Biren Mehta

Biren Mehta

Vice President, Venture Investments
Johnson & Johnson Innovation


Chinmay Kanuga

Head of Search & Evaluation
Allergan Aesthetics

Cynthia McKee

Cynthia McKee, PhD

Amgen Ventures

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Jaime Choi, PhD

Snell & Wilmer

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Haleh Armian

Director of Biomedical Innovation Ventures

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Greg Buchert, MD, MPH

GSB Health Management Solutions

Sarah Hibbard

Sarah Hibbard

Snell & Wilmer

Hal Walbrink

Hal Walbrink

CEO & Founder

Charla Triplett

Charla Triplett

Managing Director
Suncoast Ventures

dustin luettgen

Dustin Luettgen

Wilson Sonsini

Event Partners

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Sunstone Management is a diversified private capital firm located in Southern California that invests in diverse early-stage technology entrepreneurs who seek to build great companies. We believe in the aspirational power of the American economy to attract and inspire investors and entrepreneurs from throughout the world. We deliver new and exciting opportunities for economic growth through the creation of innovative public-private partnerships, and our unique experience across government, education, and private sectors.

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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.


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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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.

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Suncoast was created by a passionate group of talented engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs who envisioned a new possibility for a true Next Generation VC Firm specifically designed for the next generation healthcare startup. By creating our own model, Suncoast is an entirely fresh approach to early stage healthcare ventures.

We believe in high performance and high impact. Creating a better world by leveraging our expertise, our networks, and our unwavering belief in a better future. We wrote the original manifesto that eventually became Suncoast on a napkin in a park back in July 2021.

The rest is history in the making.

Biocom California Logo

For over 28 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.



Xinetix advances medical products for startups and established companies through incubation ideation, design, development, and advisory.



Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's legacy closely traces the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley.

For more than six decades, Wilson Sonsini has represented the technology pioneers associated with virtually every milestone innovation.

Today, the firm is synonymous with ushering promising, innovative companies through their business life cycle.

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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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