Senior Manager, Life Sciences

Larta institute
April 12, 2022
Senior Manager, Life Sciences

Reports to: Executive Leadership
Location: Los Angeles (HQ in Downtown LA)

About Larta Institute

Larta Institute is a non-profit organization accelerating innovation & entrepreneurship. Our mission is to foster science & 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 & healthcare systems. New science & technology plays a critical role in transforming how we sustainably feed, fuel, and heal the world. Larta was founded in 1993, in Los Angeles, as California’s regional technology alliance to stimulate the economic development of technology-based enterprises. Larta quickly became the national partner for numerous federal government agencies to commercialize novel research & innovation – including DARPA, NIH, DOE, NSF, NIST, NOAA, and USDA. Today, our innovation platform & ecosystem accelerates new science & technology from idea to sustainable enterprise – by providing a unique combination of connections, resources, and funding. We have helped over 6,000 startups, and our alumni have raised over $5BN in funds.
Together, let’s feed, fuel, and heal the world.

We are seeking to engage a professional with a background in the life sciences

The ideal candidate is motivated to use their domain expertise and understanding of the marketplace to connect with and marshal Larta’s community of entrepreneurs, institutional partners, life sciences experts and community resources to maintain and grow our long-standing life sciences programs.  This position will have both a national and a local, L.A.-centric profile.

Position Overview:

Larta Institute is seeking a Senior Manager, Life Sciences to administer and manage our efforts in supporting startups in the Life Sciences nationally and in Los Angeles.

Nationally, Larta Institute is a key partner to NIH and other agency-funded startups through the SBIR program. For 17 years, we designed and managed the acclaimed NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (NIH CAP), which became the model for similar assistance programs across multiple jurisdictions in the U.S. and overseas. 

The Senior Manager, Life Sciences will be a key point of contact for Larta’s efforts in provdiing “commercialization assistance” primarily to SBIR/STTR grantees funded by agencies like NIH and NSF on a rolling basis (this federal program is referred to as “TABA” or Technical and Business Assistance), using key experts and resources we have recruited and deployed over a long period.

The individual would also manage our budding program, called Heal.LA, which Larta Institute launched in 2021.  Heal.LA is a platform that aims to enhance and expand entrepreneurship in the human life sciences industry, with a special emphasis on undervalued entrepreneurs and underserved communities in the Los Angeles urban region. We bring together a well-connected, outcomes-oriented ecosystem of entrepreneurs, mentors and advisers, key stakeholders in business and industry, foundations, philanthropy and government, and investors committed  to fostering positive impact of new by virtue of this work. Heal.LA aspires to help build a talented workforce for the growing needs of life sciences companies in this region.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • This is an exempt, full-time position. 
  • Salary: $80,000–$85,000
  • Annual bonus based on company performance.
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick time.
  • Office closes last week of each year.
  • 401K (with employer matching).
  • Healthcare Benefits (currently paid by employer).
  • Subsidies on transportation and data connectivity costs.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:

The Senior Manager, Life Sciences at Larta Institute will have domain knowledge of the life sciences writ large,  and knowledge of, experience with,  and relationships in the life sciences in the Los Angeles region. This person will be an excellent relationship manager and will be tasked with supporting the creation and maintenance of alliances throughout the Los Angeles region to promote the elements of Heal.LA (including the Accelerator program  and the entrepreneurs served by it.). . This role will involve collaboration with existing Heal.LA partners (e.g., Lundquist Institute, BioscienceLA, Biocom, Cedars Sinai, UCLA and USC) on programs of mutual interest.

The Senior Manager, Life Sciences will be an excellent communicator in public as well as private engagements to support the development of programs and revenue streams that enable the growth and sustainability of Heal.LA and Larta’s life sciences program.

The Senior Manager, Life Sciences will interact with existing and future donors/funders to fulfill grant requirements and to identify and pursue revenue streams that enable the growth and sustainability of Heal.LA and Larta’s life sciences program.


Immediate. We will accommodate current employment and appropriate time-frame for suitable candidates.

Diversity Equity, and Inclusion

Larta Institute is committed to providing an accessible, safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all. Our Anti-Discrimination Policy aims to ensure that all members of the Larta Institute community – including our staff, startup founders, mentors, government officials, industry executives, investors, speakers, sponsors, donors, advisory board members, and other community members – are treated with dignity and respect in an open culture that is free from harassment, discrimination, violence, and other inappropriate conduct.

Larta Institute is committed to diversity, equitable access, and inclusion.

How to Apply

Please send a customized cover letter (including availability) and resume to Please include ‘Senior Manager, Life Sciences’ in the subject line.


This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at management’s discretion.
Larta Institute is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of Larta’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Larta Institute is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination as defined by both California and federal laws.

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