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Featured speaker: President of Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative Bruce Blomstrom

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Bruce Blomstrom from the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative will give a short talk on the organization. All are welcomed to network, if you are in bio science or not. Present will been other members of the Innovate Pasadena life science working group, members of Pasadena Angels and other fellow Pasadena investors and entrepreneurs. Ananth Natarajan will be moderating.

About our speaker: Bruce Blomstrom is President of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, an incubator for over 20 early stage life science companies. He is also a member and former director of the Pasadena Angels, investors in early stage companies. He serves or has been a director or advisor to several healthcare start ups including Infinite Biomedical Technologies, Ikona Medical Corp, Nanostream, Chemokine and others. For 25 years,

Mr. Blomstrom was involved in the management of major healthcare organizations including Abbott Laboratories (Japan, South Africa, South east Asia), Fresenius Medical Care, Sunrise Medical, UniHealth,and Alpha Therapeutic.

He is a Director of the Southern California Biomedical Council, on the Board of the USC School of Gerontology and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He has been active in many MIT alumni organizations/committees. Bruce has published articles in the Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Marketing. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT.

Our fantastic moderator, Ananth Natarajan is a physician-entrepreneur who specializes in utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems. He founded Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT) in 1997 and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the company for over ten years. Funding for the company was provided by the National Institutes of Health, which committed in excess of $25 Million to IBT for development of its high-risk, high-reward technologies. Ananth has several publications, presentations, and patents to his credit. He has received the TR35 award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review and the Duke University Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. He has been featured in the Red Herring magazine in a cover story as one of “5 Technology Innovators Changing the World.” He is a member of the California Club, the Athenaeum, the Economic Round Table, the Pasadena Angels, and the Life Science Angels. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ikona Medical, Vigilant Medical (Chairman), Scalable Wind Solutions (Chairman) and the Caltech Associates (President-Elect). In the past he has served on the Boards of the Duke University Alumni Association of Southern California, HIVE Lighting, the Pasadena Angels (Secretary), and the Pasadena Symphony. He is Past President of the Physicians’ Wine & Food Society and continues to serve on its Executive Committee.

Dr. Natarajan received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University (at age 18, with Distinction). He received an MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Additionally, he completed his residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Southern California.