PBC Announces Keynote Address from Dr. Robert Grubbs - Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative


Emerging Life Science Technology in Pasadena
Keynote address by Dr. Robert Grubbs
2:00 to 5:00 PM – October 21, 2014

An afternoon of presentations and panel discussions showcasing the exciting biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical research happening in the City of the Roses. Guest speakers will include:

  • Amgen Biotech Experience – Sherry Tsai, PhD
  • Auritec – Tom Smith, MD
  • Deton Corp. – Stephen Chapman, PhD
  • Neumedicines – Zoya Gluzman-Poltorak, PhD
  • Oak Crest Institute of Science – Manjula Gunawardana, BS, M.P.H
  • Platinum Group Coatings – Jack Whalen, PhD
  • Verrix – Adrian Ponce, PhD


Dr. Robert Grubbs

Nobel laureate and serial entrepreneur Dr. Robert H. Grubbs will be sharing experience and wisdom gained through years of creating startup companies. Currently the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Grubbs holds over 100 patents and has been instrumental in the success of Materia, Inc. based in Pasadena.

The research group of Grubbs is involved in the design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of complexes that catalyze basic organic transformations. The major focus of the group over the past few years has been on the olefin metathesis reaction. To optimize the utility of this reaction, new catalysts have been developed that are extremely tolerant of organic functional groups. Due to their high-activity, functional group tolerance, and ease of use, these ruthenium based catalysts have found wide applications in organic and polymer synthesis. He has 490+ publications and 105+ patents based on his research.

To RSVP please visit

Beverages and snacks will be provided and there will be a networking session to close the event.
Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Connect Week is a series of independently organized seminars, workshops, and social events unfolding in venues across the city of Pasadena throughout the week of October 20-26. Discover more about design trends, open data efforts, crowd-funding, emerging biotech, 3D printing, successful entrepreneurship, and innovation from industry leaders in the region. For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://connectpasadena.com

    Innovate Pasadena is an all-volunteer organization committed to advancing greater Pasadena as a center of technology and design innovation by promoting collaboration across business and education to attract companies, entrepreneurs, innovators and capital to the broader community. For more information, visit http://innovatepasadena.org

Think you're ready to join the PBC? Contact Us!