On May 3, 19 members of CLSA’s board of directors spent a full day on Capitol Hill meeting with more than two dozen key members of Congress on issues of importance to California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem.
On May 18, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee unanimously voted to advance legislation that would reauthorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to collect user fees for another five years.
WASHINGTON & BAY AREA, May 9, 2017 – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the state’s premier public policy and business solutions organization representing the California life sciences industry, today commended the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Scott Gottlieb, M.D., as the new commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the key federal agency … Continue reading CLSA Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Scott Gottlieb as New FDA Commissioner
Taking a look beyond CLSA’s two most significant legislative battles of the year, Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez) and Assembly Bill 265 (Wood), CLSA notched a significant victory against opioid taxes, though the fight against state-level restrictions on physician payments has grown in intensity.
The California State Auditor’s office released a report on home-generated sharps and pharmaceutical waste disposal as directed by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The official request was to gather data on relevant laws and regulations, consumer education, current programs and their efficacy, best practices from other jurisdictions, volume of waste, and more.
The third week of April marked the first policy committee hearings on the top two bills of interest for CLSA this year, Senate Bill 17 (Hernandez) and Assembly Bill 265 (Wood). These hearings signify a difficult battle ahead for the life sciences sector in this legislative session.
CLSA is proud to endorse bipartisan legislation to improve the process for FDA inspections of medical device establishments and granting export certifications. California is home to over 1,700 medical device companies, providing approximately 75,000 jobs in vibrant medical technology clusters up and down the state.
CLSA member companies have noted with growing urgency that transportation issues are a top concern for business. CLSA has taken the lead in working with many local and regional transportation collaborations to give voice to our industry’s perspective and seek solutions for our companies.
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.
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.