CLSA announces a major expansion to its advocacy team, hiring three new government relations directors based in its Sacramento and Washington, D.C. offices, bringing its in-house advocacy staff count to 9 personnel. Oliver Rocroi has been hired as Senior Director, State Government Relations; Manny Heer has been hired as Director, Alliance Development & Advocacy; and Adam Lotspike has been hired as Associate Director, Federal Government Relations.
CLSA Pres. & CEO Sara Radcliffe pens an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News calling on Congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a controversial advisory board enacted as part of the ACA, which threatens seniors’ care and could harm biomedical innovation by reducing incentives for investment in new research and product development.
On March 16, the President released his budget blueprint for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which proposes deep cuts in funding for federal research at the NIH as well as an increase in FDA user fees.
Last August, State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Asuza) pulled his drug price reporting legislation — Senate Bill (SB) 1010 — after the bill was amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. On March 15, he introduced SB 17, which is a somewhat modified version of last year’s bill.
Leadership of federal departments and agencies with oversight of issues of importance to California’s life sciences sector continue to take shape under the new Trump Administration.
Asm. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, is preparing Assembly Bill (AB) 265 (drug coupons) to be heard in his committee at some time in April.
CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe comments on the President’s proposed $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in his budget blueprint.
CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe reacts to the President’s proposed $6 billion cut to the NIH’s budget in this San Diego Union-Tribune article.
While the County of Los Angeles in Southern California deliberates over take-back legislation, the number of Counties in Northern California to pass take-back ordinances continues to grow.
CLSA’s California Life Sciences Industry report featured in Trade & Industry Development on the strength of California’s life sciences sector.