Biotechnology Industry

San Diego biotech trade group expands north to help grow L.A. industry

A San Diego trade group seeking to boost the Southern California biotech industry is now setting up shop in downtown Los Angeles, a northward shift that could step on the toes of L.A.'s own homegrown biotech association.

Biocom, established in San Diego in the early 1990s, plans to open its office here in June. Joe Panetta, the group's chief executive, said he sees the expansion as a chance to add more members and unite the two regions' biotech industries.

“It's an opportunity to bring together the life-science entities in Los Angeles and bring that group together with the community in San Diego,” he said. “It will help us bring together something we've...