Success Stories



Destiny Cambero
Monrovia, CA
Oak Crest
Sabrina Rabaya
Los Angeles, CA
Claire Engstrom
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator Graduates

Pictured left to right; Dr. Wendie Johnston, Lab Director, Pasadena Bio Collaborative incubator, Kyle Lewin, Ani Bernardi, Haonan (Henry) He and Robert C. Bishop, Ph.D., President, Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator.

Henry He will be a senior this fall 2019 at Don Bosco Technical Institute (class of 2020). His area of interests are in material science and biochemistry. Henry He participated in the Bio-Flex program to get hands-on experience in a lab field. Interning with Pasadena Bio Collaborative gave him that exposure. 

“I really appreciate Pasadena Bio Collaborative and Amgen for offering me this opportunity”

Ani Bernardi is a rising senior at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada. She is passionate about science and biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Ani enrolled in the Bio-Flex program for the experience. Interning for Pasadena Bio Collaborative furthered her interest in biology and gave her an opportunity to get hands-on experience in a nurturing environment.

“I am very thankful for Pasadena Bio Collaborative and to Amgen for giving me this unique opportunity. I am confident that I will use everything that I learned here in the future.”

Sesar Juarez
1st Bio-Flex Pre-Apprentice & Successfully Employed

Sesar Juarez, 22 from Los Angeles, is a 2018 graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He was one of the first candidates to have been accepted into the new Bio-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship Program that enables students to gain on-the-job experience with leading bioscience firms throughout the region. By the end of summer, the SBWIB will have graduated more than 40 students who will have received training as bio-science pre apprentices at firms throughout Los Angeles County.


Sesar showed interest in the Bio-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship program and enrolled in January 2019. He immediately submitted requirements and got started with the training. Sesar completed the first stages of his training by April 2019 and proceeded to work on his paid work experience.


Sesar completed 120 hours of pre-apprenticeship with the Pasadena Bio Collaborative and has recently been hired full-time as a Laboratory and Facilities Technician with Santa Monica – based Provivi, Inc.


“My success in following my desire to work in bio-manufacturing was due to the Bio-Flex program and the “real skills” that I was able to learn.”

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