Heal.LA is a new collaborative initiative to improve the health & wellness of Los Angeles County and beyond.

Heal.LA is an initiative, designed and managed by Larta Institute, which will serve as a development platform for promising bioscience & healthcare startups and aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved communities. The program will also advocate and support innovative workforce initiatives across the Los Angeles region.

Through the Heal.LA Bioscience & Healthcare Accelerator, Larta will leverage its nationally acclaimed and award-winning virtual acceleration program.


startups enrolled in Heal.LA’s 2023 program.


of Heal.LA startups in 2023 cohort are led by female founders.


of Heal.LA startups in 2023 cohort are led by diverse founders.


in capital raised in 2023 by Heal.LA’s 2023 cohort.


jobs were created by
Heal.LA startups in 2023.

Heal.LA BioScience & Healthcare Accelerator Program.

Heal.LA’s Bioscience & Healthcare Accelerator Program is committed to nurturing and scaling innovations that positively impact the health and wellness of communities in the Los Angeles region.

It is a free, 9-month program that offers entrepreneurs a unique combination of guidance and education backed by world-class experts in the life sciences industry.

The Heal.LA program is supported by leading organizations in the LA region.

Program Funders.

Program Partners.

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Steering Committee.

Steering Committee members are domain specialists in the Biosciences & Healthcare. They offer counsel and assistance with proposed programs, including content, speaker recruitment, outreach to, and recruitment of potential collaborators.

Larta Institute

Gunjan Siroya


Camilo Ansarah-Sobrinho

Lindsay Bourgeois
BioLabs at the Lunquist

Lindsay Bourgeois

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City of Hope

Daniela Castanotto

Stephen Cheung

Stephen Cheung


Juan Espinoza

Bioscience LA

Stephanie Hsieh


Monica Jain

The Lundquist Institute

Rubayath Mohsen

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WuXi Biologics

Lan Nguyen

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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Rashmi Shetgiri

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MedTech Color

Kwame Ulmer

UCLA Technology Development Group

Mark Wisniewski

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California State University, Los Angeles

Howard Xu

Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee members are thought leaders and directors of institutions, including in government, industry, donors, and philanthropy. We engage advisors to provide knowledge and networks to help shape the development of the Heal.LA initiative.

Larta Institute

Rohit Shukla

The Lundquist Institute

Keith Hoffman

Continental Development Corporation

Richard Lundquist

The 1:1 mentorship provided us with valuable guidance on business strategy and helped us to better understand how to prepare an effective business pitch. This mentorship gave us the opportunity to learn from an experienced domain expert and receive personalized feedback on our ideas and approach.

Hando Kim

2023 Heal.LA BioScience Accelerator Cohort Member
Founder & CEO, Innometive
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About Larta Institute

Each year, we select over 500 founders and ventures to join our startup accelerators. We provide innovators with access to our programs, ecosystem, and funding, which all play a vital role in supporting the development and implementation of their solutions.

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