California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) applauds Governor Jerry Brown, California State Senate and California Assembly leaders for their strong support of life sciences innovation, as demonstrated again in this year’s 2017-2018 budget deal which allocates a $10 million investment in precision medicine research.
CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe pens a letter to the editor of The Sacramento Bee, responding to an op-ed by Sen. Ed Hernandez wherein he distorts the true cost picture regarding prescription drugs.
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.
David Beier of the VC firm Bay City Capital, pens an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle outlining the flaws of Senate Bill 17.
New Digital Advocacy “Take Action” Center helps members stay informed about CLSA’s advocacy efforts, view priority legislation, contact their elected officials 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 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.
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.
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’s California Life Sciences Industry report featured in Trade & Industry Development on the strength of California’s life sciences sector.