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Jonathan Lasch

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Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering



Dr. Lasch is the Executive Director for the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC), where he brings more than 30 years of experience in science and technology development and evaluation in the fields of biomedical instruments and systems, biotechnology, chemistry, and materials science.

Jon is a Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering and a Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Greif Center of the Marshall School of Business at USC.

Prior to joining AMI-USC, he served as a Managing Director of Convergent Ventures (CV), an early stage life sciences venture investment and development company. While at CV, he served on the boards of directors and/or as CEO of Neurion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ORFID Corporation, and Encode Bio, Inc., all CV portfolio companies.

Currently, Jon serves on the board of directors of several local development stage life sciences companies. From 2002-2007, Dr. Lasch was on the board of directors of Precision Dynamics Corporation, a privately held healthcare products company, and he currently serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Southern California Biomedical Council. He has held leadership positions at Materia, a materials science company spun out of Caltech, where he served as founding President and CEO, and Cyrano Sciences, a Caltech spin out based on chemical sensor technology.

Previously, he served as vice president of technology development for The Scripps Research Institute, the largest not-for-profit biomedical research institute in the United States and was director of research, biotechnology, for PPG Industries. Dr. Lasch has served on the faculty of the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the FEMBA GAP program for 10 years, and for two years as the Director of the EMBA Field Study Program.

Dr. Lasch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from the University of Texas at El Paso and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Lasch may be contacted at lasch AT usc DOT edu.


  • DRB 101
  • Corwin D. Denney Research Center
  • 1042 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-2849
  • lasch@usc.edu


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