About CLSA

About California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the leading voice for California’s life sciences sector. We work closely with industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to shape public policy, drive business solutions and grow California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. CLSA serves over 750 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors and service providers. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged to create the state’s most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization.

CLSA brings together California’s rich history and culture of innovation and success that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.

CLSA’s members are comprised of the scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders that have made California the largest, most innovative and productive life science cluster in the world. Our region continues to lead the world in life science patents, new start-ups, venture capital, and NIH grant recipients. California is the home of firsts for the life science industry – the first biotechnology company, the first biotech public offering, the first biotech drug approved by the FDA, the first companion diagnostic company and the first agricultural biotech company – just to name a few. Considered the birthplace of biotech, the clusters now include nearly 2,900 companies, directly and indirectly employ 862,000 people, and generate $130 Billion in revenue. CLSA is the custodian of the California clusters, cultivating the industry as a whole and facilitating a sustained pattern of firsts that continues to set the region apart from the rest of the world.

Strength in Numbers, Scope and Reach

CLSA has over 750 members  comprised of the diversity of organizations required to support a productive and innovative life science cluster. These organizations range from some of the world’s most promising entrepreneurial start-ups to global life science leaders as well as leading research institutions and the industry’s most seasoned investors.

In addition to diversity in size, our members also represent the full spectrum of life sciences, including: biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies that are advancing medicine; digital health innovators blending technology and medicine to transform healthcare; agricultural companies improving food outputs; and bioindustrial organizations energizing the world.

A magnet for domestic and foreign delegations, California attracts national and international leaders seeking to replicate the cluster’s unique ecosystem. As such, CLSA acts as a global gateway for its members and serves as the bridge that connects national and international partnering and capital opportunities to California.

Our Mission

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) advances California’s world-leading life sciences innovation ecosystem by advocating for effective national, state and local public policies and supporting entrepreneurs and life sciences businesses.

California Life Sciences Institute

CLSA maintains California’s leadership in life science innovation by supporting entrepreneurship, education, and career development through the California Life Sciences Institute.