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California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) Becomes Largest Statewide Life Sciences Advocacy Group in U.S.

BayBio and California Healthcare Institute Complete Merger

SAN DIEGO, Calif. MAY 13, 2015  The California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) today officially launched as the leading voice for California’s life sciences sector. CLSA is now the largest state and regional life sciences advocacy group in the country, with more than 750 members. The organization 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. CLSA is the result of a completed merger between BayBio and California Healthcare Institute.

“Our industry is at the cusp of improving global healthcare, but without supportive public policy, the potential of new innovations to transform health and life will not be realized,” said Rick Winningham, Chairman of CLSA and Chairman and CEO of Theravance Biopharma. “Through CLSA, we have created the strongest possible organization, advocating for policies that support innovation and enable the success of our member organizations, as well as the growth of the life sciences sector within California.”

CLSA serves over 750 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors, and service providers. CLSA is headquartered in California with offices in San Diego, South San Francisco and Sacramento, as well as in Washington, D.C.

“Our top priority is the wellbeing of people everywhere,” said Sara Radcliffe, President and CEO of CLSA. “Our society depends on advancements in science and technology to create a greater quality of life through transformative innovation. CLSA is committed to providing one robust, unified voice for California’s life sciences sector, which works tirelessly to drive advances that will benefit patients and consumers in the U.S. and around the world for many years to come.”

Launching later this month is the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting the foundations of life sciences innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. Its mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development.

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. Visit CLSA at www.califesciences.org, and follow us on Twitter @CALifeSciences, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI)
California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) supports the foundations of innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. With a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area, CLSI’s mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development. CLSI is an affiliate of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), which represents over 750 life sciences organizations. The California Life Sciences Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and was previously known as the BayBio Institute, which was established in 1990.

CONTACT:
Will Zasadny
Manager, Communications for CLSA
619-961-8848
Wzasadny@CALifeSciences.org