Larta Institute Announces 2024 Heal.LA Bioscience and Healthcare Accelerator Cohort

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April 22, 2024

Accelerator welcomes 30 companies working to improve the health and wellness of underserved, urban communities in Los Angeles County

Support for accelerator is provided in part by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Gilead Sciences

April 22, 2024 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Los Angeles, CA.—Larta Institute, a non-profit organization accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship to feed, fuel and heal the world, today announced its 2024 cohort of innovators who have joined the Heal.LA Bioscience and Healthcare Accelerator. The accelerator welcomes 30 companies working to improve the health and wellness of urban communities in Los Angeles County, including underserved communities in the region. It also includes companies that are part of a collaboration with the Cal State LA Biospace initiative. Support for the Heal.LA accelerator is provided in part by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Gilead Sciences.

The Heal.LA accelerator welcomes applications from innovators with ideas that have the potential to improve the health and wellness of communities that experience health care insecurity, inequities and lack of preventive care. There is no cost to participants.

“Innovators participating in the Heal.LA program are developing solutions that directly confront the critical health and wellness disparities affecting Los Angeles County, particularly its underserved populations,” remarked Rohit Shukla, Founder and CEO of Larta Institute. “They are tackling a complex set of interconnected issues, including  lack of healthcare access, inadequate diagnostic care and wellness-related concerns. such as access to nutritious foods and mental health. At Larta, we are focused on ensuring that these innovations are able to create tangible impact.”

Participants will receive expert guidance and mentoring from leaders in industry, civic organizations and social impact imagineers. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to develop and manage pilots of their innovative approaches in the region’s communities. They will also receive support for grant writing and applications for non-dilutive funding, and will be able to showcase their at an exclusive Demo Day to pitch to investors and partners.   

“The California Office of the Small Business Advocate stands firmly behind Larta Institute’s pioneering approach to innovation driven by entrepreneurship. It’s a cornerstone of every Inclusive Innovation Hub we support through our Accelerate California program, including Larta,” stated Tara Lynn Gray, Director of CalOSBA. “We eagerly anticipate engaging with the entrepreneurs stepping up to participate in the 2024 Heal program, witnessing their fresh perspectives, and supporting their efforts to advance healthcare and wellness solutions in underserved communities across Los Angeles and beyond.”

Heal.LA partners include the Alliance for SoCal Innovation; Biocom California; Biolabs; BioscienceLA; California State University, Los Angeles; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; City of Hope Medical Center; Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP); Keck School of Medicine of USC; Keck Graduate Institute; Los Angeles County of Public Health, The Lundquist Institute; MedTechColor; Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center; Rio Hondo College; UCLA Technology Development Group; and WuXi Biologics. Heal.LA’s steering committee of domain experts in bioscience and healthcare is drawn from these organizations.

The Heal.LA Initiative is one of 13 Inclusive Innovation Hubs designated by CalOSBA under the Accelerate California Program designed to catalyze innovation ecosystems across the state. Accelerate California aims to advance critical technology development; address industry and societal challenges; foster collaboration and partnership development across industry, academia, government, nonprofits, civil society, and communities of practice; stimulate economic growth and job creation; and serve as a conduit to regional innovation and talent. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) are intentionally and meaningfully embedded at the core of this program. Explore the Inclusive Innovation Hub network here.

To learn more or apply to the Heal.LA Bioscience and Healthcare Accelerator, please visit:

About Larta Institute

Larta Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to foster science and technology innovation for a sustainable planet.

Our planet is experiencing significant global problems created by human behavior and policies affecting the environment, food, education, energy and healthcare systems. New science and technology play a critical role in transforming how we sustainably feed, fuel and heal the world.

LARTA was founded in 1993 and funded by the State of California as a Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance to stimulate the economic development of technology-based enterprises. Now known as Larta Institute, the organization has become a national partner for numerous federal government agencies — including DARPA, NIH, DOE, NSF, NIST, NOAA and USDA — to commercialize novel research and innovation.

Today, Larta Institute’s innovation platform and ecosystem accelerate new science and technology from idea to sustainable enterprise by providing a unique combination of connections, resources and funding.

We have helped over 5,000 startups, and our alumni have raised more than $7 billion in external funding.

Together, let’s feed, fuel and heal the world. To learn more, visit:


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