Ahmed Enany Death – Ahmed Enany, the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio), passed away on March 22, 2023, leaving the Los Angeles bioscience community in shock. Age-wise, he was 68. In 1995, Mr. Enany founded SoCalBio as a part of the Rebuild LA effort in response to the violence in Los Angeles in 1992. He transformed it over the years into one of the biggest member-supported associations in the country, representing the bioscience, medical device, and digital health sectors. Across the Greater Los Angeles area, SoCalBio now has more than 450 corporate and institutional members. According to Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD, Chairman of SoCalBio, “the board of SoCalBio is deeply saddened by the loss of the incredible human being that was Ahmed Enany.”
Although we can’t picture life without him, we are equally committed to uphold his legacy and advance the foundation he established. SoCalBio has played a significant role in supporting technology transfer, workforce training/job development, and business support services for emerging companies for nearly three decades. The annual Investor & Partnership Conference and the Digital Health Conference are two of SoCalBio’s signature events that serve as premier venues for biomed start-ups to find fresh funding. The life science business in Southern California was greatly aided by the vision and unceasing work of Mr. Enany. His extraordinary interpersonal and networking abilities helped create innumerable ventures and brought together thousands of people.
He was referred to some business insiders as “Mr. Biotech.” Those who knew Ahmed well also valued him as a friend, mentor, and advocate. Jonathan G. Lasch, PhD, Vice Chairman of SoCalBio, said: “Whether it was researchers, managers, service providers, investors, or politicians, Ahmed knew them all and joyfully built a network across all shapes and sizes of companies and academic institutions. He connected all of us in a meaningful and powerful way, helping every one of us. Egyptian-born Mr. Enany completed his political science degree at Cairo University at the top of his class before moving to the United States in 1978 to enroll at UCLA, where he studied politics, urban design, and regional economic development.
Mr. Enany had advisory positions at a number of colleges and universities, including Santiago Canyon College and Cal Poly Pomona, and sat on the board of the California Technology Council, a partner in the UCLA Business of Science Center. In order to prepare students for employment in healthcare, product development, and entrepreneurship, he was now instructing a bioengineering course at UCLA called “MedTech Innovation: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Medical Technology.” Mr. Enany was recognized for his unending generosity and friendliness. Although he will be sadly missed, he leaves behind a rich legacy for having contributed to the development of Los Angeles as a hub for bioscience research. On the campus of the California Institute of Technology, a memorial service is scheduled for (a date to be disclosed) at the Athenaeum.
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