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UCLA Venture Capital Fund Selects KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals CEO Keith Leonard for First Annual Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Date:11/12/2013

d research, even locating a company research lab in UCLA’s California Nano Systems Institute. He has created fantastic returns for early investors. In addition, he has mentored several UCLA students, both undergraduates and graduates, through internships. We were lucky enough to invest in KYTHERA in 2006 and Keith has reciprocated with investments into the UCLA VC Fund that will continue to move the mission of the Fund forward.”

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel prescription products for the aesthetic medicine market. Leonard co-founded the clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company after a successful career at Amgen that culminated with him leading Amgen’s business in Europe. He received both his B.S. and his M.B.A. degrees from UCLA.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award and for the opportunity to contribute to the development of UCLA entrepreneurship. UCLA is an intellectually vibrant place, where ideas are currency. I felt this not only during my formative time at UCLA but still now, when I visit our labs on campus or meet with aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Leonard. “Fostering entrepreneurship is central to solving many of the business and social problems we face today, and I’m very pleased to be part of a fund that helps connect bright UCLA minds with invaluable resources, funds and guidance.”

SmartestK12 -- Most Promising Startup Company
During the annual awards dinner, SmartestK12 was named the “Most Promising UCLA Startup Company.” The UCLA startup was co-founded by UCLA Anderson School of Management classmates and M.B.A. candidates Craig Jones and Kevin McFarland, in connection with the Startup UCLA accelerator program where they first caught the attention of UCLA VC Fund members. SmartestK12.com develops software that transforms classroom interacti
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