CLSA programs create a platform for accessing the wealth of experience of one of the most vibrant clusters in the world, bringing the life science community together to advocate, connect and innovate. Scaling from casual pub nights to CEO receptions to CALBIO, the largest statewide life sciences industry conference, CLSA hosts programs that connect members with other companies facing similar challenges and opportunities within the industry. Experiences shared provide for learning, growth and advancement at an individual and regional level. CLSA connects members with potential business partners, investors, entrepreneurs, delegations from foreign countries, disease foundations, patient advocacy organizations, and other industry leaders.

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Primary Programs and Events

Executive Series

Designed for C-level executives of life science companies, the CLSA Executive Series provides networking opportunities with industry peers, and an opportunity to learn from guest speakers as well as from each other. Produced as morning and evening functions, these events are by invitation only.


California. The birthplace of the biotechnology industry and home to the largest and most productive concentration of life science companies in the world. Over the years, our focus has remained constant – discover the next great thing and turn it into reality. While capital sources, scientific insights and models inevitably evolve and cycle, with the world’s experts in life sciences, California innovates, adapts and continuously redefines the business models, technologies, targets, and development and commercial strategies that drive success. Today, these innovations and the skills needed to move them forward are changing faster than ever and California is setting the pace. CALBIO offers highly unique, one of a kind programming so join us, the experts, and learn how we are doing ‘IT’ today, not tomorrow.

Lunch and Learns

The meetings of the CLSA Lunch and Learn Series focus on emerging trends and best industry practices. In order to help companies and individuals learn from each others’ experiences, the series covers issues related to therapeutic, medical device, diagnostic and other industry segments.


Each year CLSA brings together Northern California’s life science industry leaders to recognize achievement and honor excellence in the life science industry in Northern California. The Pantheon Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the contributions and achievements of the Bay Area, a moment in time to pause and reflect on the industry’s legacy over three decades.

CLSA Fellows

Designed to help nurture and grow the next generation of life science giants in the Northern California region, the CLSA Fellows program offers qualifying early-stage companies heavily discounted membership, full entrée into the complete CLSA portfolio of benefits, and discounted access to best practice seminars, conferences and other networking events. Visit the CLSA Fellows page for more details.

Expert Network

The California Life Sciences Institute Expert Network exists to nurture the next generation of innovative life science companies. Network Experts are available to help entrepreneurs define issues, set objectives and identify critical resources.  The California Life Sciences Institute Expert Network is staffed by highly experienced experts in critical areas such as business planning, capital formation and partnering, commercial and marketing strategy, operations and much more. Experts in the network are available to provide up to 10 hours per year of pro bono advice. Visit the CLSI Expert Network page for more details.

Partnering Day Program

CLSA’s Partnering Day program provides global life sciences companies and high quality, emerging firms the opportunity to participate in targeted one-on-one meetings, providing access to novel technologies for co-development. Partnering days have featured active pharmaceutical R&D organizations including Shire, Bayer China, BMS, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Alexion and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  CLSA is instrumental in attracting these organizations to participate in the Partnering Day program and in coordinating these events for members.