Bulletin, President's Corner

Launch of 2016 California Life Sciences Industry Report; Recap of Pantheon DiNA Awards, Announcement of CLSA Board Additions, Roll Out of 2016 CLSA Member Categories

RETWritten By:
Sara Radcliffe
President & CEO
CLSA – California Life Sciences Association 

December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays! As you and your loved ones prepare to celebrate the holiday season, those of us here at CLSA are excited to be wrapping up an action-packed, highly successful first year. For a summary of key highlights from the past month, read on.

Launch of 2016 California Life Sciences Industry Reportir

On Nov. 12, CLSA rolled out the 2016 California Life Sciences Industry Report. Published annually with our partners at PwC US, this year’s report provides insight into California’s life sciences industry and identifies significant trends. Once again, data shows that California’s life sciences sector continues to have a profound impact on the state’s economy. Industry increases in the areas of sector employment growth, wages, research funding and life sciences venture investment are highlighted.

California Governor Jerry Brown certainly agrees with these powerful trends. In fact, in a letter included in our report, Brown hailed the sector as an “…economic engine; helping power our state’s continued growth.” He also pledged California’s commitment to cultivating and growing the life sciences sector, adding “…California is committed to establishing and advancing thoughtful and innovative policies to support the life sciences and extend the state’s worldwide leadership in this field.” View Gov. Brown’s full letter.

Noteworthy findings this year include:

  • California life sciences companies have 1,235 new drugs in the development pipeline.
  • California life sciences companies directly employ 281,000 people and indirectly employ another 581,000—marking nearly one million people employed due to life sciences innovation by Californians.
  • California’s 2,848 life sciences companies generated $130 billion in revenue in 2014.
  • The industry paid workers $30.6 billion in salaries and wages during 2014 with the average annual salary of $108,893.
  • California scientists received $3.26 billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants in federal fiscal year 2015—the most of any state in the nation.


The report has already received widespread coverage in manyinfo media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Business Times, STAT, GEN News, Times of San Diego, Big3Bio and more.

Check out the report at Click here to view the press release.

2015 Pantheon DiNA Awards

California’s life sciences community continues to blossom and grow to new heights thanks to our statewide innovators, entrepreneurs and industry executives. Our flagship Pantheon DiNA Awards Ceremony was an incredible success, as more than 600 pioneers within California’s life sciences community gathered on Nov. 17 in San Francisco to recognize and honor achievements and excellence within California’s rapidly expanding life sciences sector.

We were honored to present the 2015 Life Sciences Leadership Awards to three visionary leaders: William H. Rastetter, Ph.D.; Douglas Crawford, Ph.D.; and Regis B. Kelly, Ph.D., OBE. spoe

The high caliber of this year’s awardees a testament to the strength of our sector, and foreshadows great things to come. With 2,848 life sciences companies employing nearly 300,000 people all across the state, California’s life sciences community is an increasingly important driver of our economy and the source of breakthrough innovations for patients and consumers worldwide.

All 2015 CLSA Pantheon DiNA Awards recipients are listed here.

Click here to check out Pantheon’s top 5 highlights. Also, check out Big3Bio: SF Bay’s recap.

Growing the CLSA Board of Directors

On Nov. 23, we welcomed to our board of directors strong life sciences sector representation from Genentech, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and OncoCyte.

William Annett, CEO, OncoCyte; Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and Donald Bren Chief Executive Chair, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute; and James Sabry, M.D., Ph.D., SVP, Genentech Partnering, bring influential knowledge to the table that will help inform CLSA’s approach as we work with officials in Sacramento, in Washington D.C. and around the state to ensure we protect and promote the sector, and the hope it offers to millions around the world. View our press release for more.

2016 Membership Categories

As we work to help you maximize your membership experience, we’re pleased to roll out our 2016 membership categories. Click here for details on how we’re working to enhance your membership and better understand how to capitalize on your objectives.

On a personal note, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the CLSA staff, our board and you, our more than 750 members, for making this year (our first!) an incredible success. I’m very grateful for all the trust you have put in me to lead this great organization into the future. Together, we will cultivate California’s world-leading life sciences ecosystem to reach great heights in 2016 and beyond.

I invite you to stay connected with us as we launch into 2016 with a spirit of imagination and  commitment on behalf of our members and partners at, and follow us @CALifeSciences, Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

Sara Radcliffe
President & CEO
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

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