Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is one of the country’s leading nonprofit biomedical research institutes.
LA BioMed is the host agency for South LA Health Projects, based off-campus, and other community health services based on the medical center campus. The institute also contributes to medicine by training young scientists.
LA BioMed was founded in 1952. Nearly 100 active research groups currently conduct more than 700 studies. Among these are research toward creation of the next generation of antibiotics, a novel therapy to treat Sickle Cell disease and methods for earlier identification of Type II Diabetes.
LA BioMed researchers are credited with numerous inventions. Among them are the modern cholesterol test, artificial lung fluids that have saved the lives of millions of premature infants, and the paramedic model for emergency care, which transformed emergency medical services.
LA BioMed is located on the grounds of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. South LA Health Projects is located at its administrative office in Inglewood and 11 WIC centers throughout the community.