USC President C. L. Max Nikias met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis ’81 to discuss how to bring more economic development to the First District, which encompasses the university’s Health Sciences Campus.
Jobs are an area of expertise for Solis, who until 2013 was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Solis is also part of the Trojan Family, having earned a master of public administration degree at USC.
In advance of a Biotech Summit to be hosted by USC on Feb. 26, the president and the supervisor shared their visions for a biotech corridor that would stretch from HSC on the west to California State University, Los Angeles, on the east and beyond.
A cluster of labs and offices that turns research into health innovations would be transformational for the local community and the region as it would create thousands of good-paying jobs, from the researcher in the lab to the lab tech.
To realize their vision, the supervisor and the president believe they will need the support of a broad-based coalition, including community leaders and residents, elected officials, educational institutions like USC, the California Institute of Technology, Cal State Los Angeles, East Los Angeles Community College and the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as private sector investors.