Dr. Yanez met with Wendy Johnstone, retired PCC instructor and lab director for the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative (PBC). The PBC has a powerful board and a plays a critical role in helping to create a biomed corridor through the County of Los Angeles. Their building on Foothill in Pasadena is not fancy because it is furnished by donated furniture and lab equipment. Johnstone says that they are not about being fancy, they are about providing a space for innovation. They rent spaces for doctors and companies to work on finding cures and breakthroughs.
A 2014 Battelle bioscience study, commissioned by the Los Angeles county, found that the bioscience industry faces significant hurdles in Los Angeles. In particular much of the research pioneered locally moves out of the county due to a lack of funding, facilities and support for new startups and early stage companies. Los Angeles falls behind the San Francisco Bay area and San Diego in venture capital, initial public offerings and fast growing biotechnology companies. As a result of this study, the LA County Board of Supervisors have made bioscience a priority this year.