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CLSA Sponsorship

CLSA events and programs  throughout the year offer companies an excellent opportunity to reach a targeted audience through sponsorship.

With sponsorship comes recognition. It is an ideal way to raise your profile with CLSA members and reach potential clients and investors. We work with all of our sponsors to effectively meet their marketing goals while promoting the advancement of the industry.

There are a range of sponsorships available for each event. They can include website recognition, pre-event advertising, sponsor tables, signage, program advertisement and complimentary registration.

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Back to Session Reception


FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | SACRAMENTO

Back by popular demand! The Back to Session Reception in Sacramento brings together over 250 state policymakers, legislative staff, life sciences industry executives, and academic leaders to honor leading legislators as “Life Sciences Champions.” Don’t miss your chance to sponsor an evening of dialogue and peer-to-peer networking among the stakeholders of the life sciences ecosystem.

“The Back to Session reception is an amazing opportunity for life science industry leaders to reinforce the vitality and importance of the industry to legislators.” – Kathy Procida, Executive Director, State Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

Reception Sponsorship – $3,500

  • Complimentary reception attendance
  • Recognition in outreach campaign to legislator offices
  • Recognition during award presentation to Life Sciences Champions
  • Special memento: Framed photograph with honoree*
  • Logo placement on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and program

Reception sponsorship opportunities are available to our academic and non-profit organizations for $1,000.

Immediately following the awards reception, sponsors may attend the Board of Directors Dinner and enjoy the chance to meet state legislators, colleagues, and peers. Featured guest speakers have included Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., and Senator Richard Pan, M.D.

Board of Directors Dinner Sponsorship Benefits – $10,000

  • Invitation for four guests to attend private invitation-only Board of Directors Dinner
  • Complimentary reception attendance
  • Opportunity to present brief remarks at the Board of Directors Dinner**
  • Preferred seating at Board of Directors Dinner
  • Opportunity to display corporate literature at Board of Directors Dinner
  • Distribution of sponsor’s branded gift to attendees**
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and program
  • Recognition during award presentation to legislators
  • Access to attendee information for follow-up after event

*Subject to honoree’s schedule and availability
**Subject to CLSA approval

Annual Spring Reception on Capitol Hill & Visionary Awards Dinner


May 17, 2016 | Washington, DC

The Annual Spring Reception is a perfect opportunity for hundreds of attendees to connect with public policymakers and California’s life sciences leaders about the issues that matter most to our sector. At the invitation-only dinner following the reception, we recognize federal legislators who are champions for the advancement of life sciences innovation.

“CLSA provides its members with the latest information on life sciences legislative and regulatory proposals. They offer a unique forum
for us to educate members of Congress about how legislative actions – and inactions – impact our industry. CLSA gets heard!” – Tim Fenton, Director of Federal Government Relations, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Platinum Sponsor Benefits: – $8,000

  • Complimentary reception attendance
  • Table for eight guests at the private invitation-only dinner
  • Preferred seating with available delegation members and staff at private, invitation-only dinner*
  • Photo opportunity and special memento: Framed photograph with a member of Congress*
  • Platinum-level recognition on all event collateral promoting reception to legislators, legislative staff, life sciences industry executives, patient advocates, and the health policy community, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program
  • Platinum-level recognition during the dinner program

Gold Sponsor Benefits: – $3,500

  • Complimentary reception attendance
  • Invitation for two guests to attend private, invitation-only dinner
  • Gold-level recognition on all event collateral promoting reception to legislators, legislative staff, life sciences industry executives, patient advocates, and the health policy community, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program
  • Gold-level recognition during the dinner program

*Schedule permitting

Annual End of Year Reception


December, 2016 | Washington, DC

Leveraging our convening power, the End of Year Reception celebrates the end of the legislative session in Washington, DC, by bringing together public policymakers and leaders from across the California biomedical and life sciences ecosystem for an evening of cocktails and conversation. This event offers a unique opportunity for members of Congress, legislative staff, key government officials, life sciences industry executives, academic leaders, the patient community, and other sector stakeholders to celebrate our successes and reflect on our challenges as we look to the year ahead.

The event annually attracts key members of Congress, top-level legislative staff, and other government officials. During the event, attendees have the opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with policymakers and their staff about the importance of biomedical and life sciences innovation, as well as scientific advancement in California and worldwide.

“CLSA’s Annual End of Year Reception in DC is the perfect opportunity to strengthen relationships between industry and policymakers in an informal setting.” – Ted Buckley, PhD, Head of US Government Relations and Public Affairs, Shire

Sponsor Benefits: – $1,500

  • Complimentary reception attendance
  • Recognition on all event collateral promoting reception to legislators, legislative staff, life sciences industry executives, patient advocates, and the health policy community, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and flyers.

Life Sciences Academy


December 8-9,  2016 | Napa Valley, CA

The Life Sciences Academy is dedicated to educating key legislators and opinion leaders about our industry and how it operates, increasing their awareness of the life sciences industry’s most urgent issues in serving patients. During this event, legislative life sciences champions, new legislators, and CLSA members will engage in candid give-and-take panel discussions. These sessions offer unique opportunities to meet and educate many members of the California State Senate and Assembly plus key leadership staff.

“The Life Sciences Academy is just phenomenal, especially for those of us outside California. Where else can we interact with key legislators, and have them focus on our issues, without a million distractions?” – Paul Barry, Vice President, State & International Government Affairs, Boston Scientific

Rehoboam Sponsor Benefits: – $7,500

  • Opportunity to have a speaking role in the program*
  • Your choice of: Two complimentary rooms and two complimentary
    registrations OR one complimentary room, one complimentary
    registration, and one spa treatment**
  • Preferential seating at the Life Sciences Academy Dinner
  • Invitation to attend sponsors-only reception
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including signage and printed
    program
  • Company mention at dinner

Jeroboam Sponsor Benefits: – $5,000

  • Opportunity to have a speaking role in the program*
  • Your choice of: Two complimentary rooms and two complimentary
    registrations OR one complimentary room, one complimentary
    registration and one spa treatment**
  • Invitation to attend sponsors-only reception
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including signage and printed
    program
  • Company mention at dinner

Magnum Sponsor Benefits: – $3,500

  • Your choice of: Two complimentary rooms and two complimentary registrations OR one complimentary room, one
    complimentary registration, and one spa treatment**
  • Invitation to attend sponsors-only reception
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including signage and printed program
  • Company mention at dinner

750 ml Sponsor Benefits: – $2,500

  • One complimentary room
  • One complimentary registration
  • Invitation to attend sponsors-only reception
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including signage and printed program
  • Company mention at dinner

University/Non-Profit Sponsor Benefits: – $1,500

University, Research Institutions, and non-profit members are eligible for this sponsorship level.

  • Opportunity to have a speaking role in the program*
  • Invitation for two guests to attend Life Sciences Academy
  • Invitation to attend sponsors-only reception
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including signage and printed program
  • Organization mention at dinner

*Dependent on timing of sponsorship agreement and program development
**Spa treatment option depends on schedule availability

CLSA Policy Briefings and Backgrounders


Washington, DC

CLSA hosts educational briefings to educate state and federal policymakers and staff on the policy issues that are so critical for collectively driving our nation’s biomedical innovation sector. In the past, briefings have highlighted a number of topics, ranging from general policy issues (e.g., research funding at NIH and other federal science agencies; FDA regulatory processes; CMS payment and access policies; and tax, trade, and intellectual property policies) to more specific topics (e.g., advancements in blood cancer research and therapy development, and economic incentives to spur the development of new therapies for rare diseases). These briefings also provide an unique opportunity to demonstrate to audiences how CLSA and our members can be important partners in shaping the state and federal policy priorities so critical for sustaining and bolstering biomedical research, investment, and innovation.

CLSA works with our event sponsors to coordinate all aspects of the briefing: Securing legislator partners, moderators, and expert panelists; coordinating any catering; developing invitations, agendas, and distribution strategy; and coordinating related social media. Briefings typically attract 25-100 attendees, including legislators and staff, patient advocates, research organizations, provider groups, CLSA members, and other sector stakeholders.

Gold Sponsor Benefits: – $5,000

  • Opportunity to guide and develop program content
  • Opportunity to guide white paper development and distribution strategy
    (as applicable)
  • Opportunity to feature your company, technology, and patient stories in
    leave-behind brochure for policymakers and legislative staff
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail
    broadcasts, signage, and printed program
  • Preferred seating at event
  • Access to attendee lists for follow-up

Silver Sponsor Benefits: – $2,500

  • Recognition on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program
  • Preferred seating at event

2016 Sacramento Speaker Series


Monthly

In the spirit of maintaining open communication between all stakeholders in the life sciences ecosystem, CLSA is proud to produce the Sacramento Speaker Series. These monthly public policy roundtables feature a diverse group of key thought leaders and decision makers, including state legislators, public officials, policy experts, and political consultants. Lunch is provided during an hour of robust discussion on a broad range of topics relevant to state politics and governance.

Series Sponsor Benefits:: – $2,500

  • Acknowledgement at all 2016 speaker series events
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Event Sponsor Benefits:: – $750

  • Acknowledgement at two 2016 speaker series events
  • Recognition on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Evening with Thought Leaders


Bay Area, October 2016 | San Diego, July 28, 2016

Twice a year, this program gives CLSA members the opportunity to stay ahead of trends in the life sciences industry and get fresh insights from key
opinion leaders on policy, economics, business, and society. Past speakers include Genomics Pioneer and Co-Founder of Human Longevity, Dr. Craig Venter; Former Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, George P. Schultz; the Dean of Scripps School of Medicine and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol; and the Distinguished Professor from the UC San Diego Stem Cell program, Dr. Larry Goldstein.

Platinum Level Sponsor Benefits: – $10,000 | Two Available

  • Invitation for four guests to attend full program and private invitation only Board of Directors Dinner
  • Opportunity to give brief remarks at dinner*
  • Access to attendee information for follow-up after event
  • Preferred seating at dinner
  • Distribution of sponsor’s branded gift to attendees**
  • Recognition at dinner
  • Platinum-level recognition of corporate logo in all event collateral

Gold Level Sponsor Benefits: – $5,000 | Three Available

  • Invitation for four guests to attend full program
  • Opportunity to guide development of program content and speaker selection
  • Opportunity to provide brief speaking remarks*
  • Opportunity to distribute sponsor’s branded gift item at event**
  • Opportunity to display corporate literature at event
  • Gold-level recognition of corporate logo in all event collateral

Silver Level Sponsor Benefits: – $2,500 | Six Available

  • Invitation for two guests to attend full program
  • Opportunity to display corporate literature at event
  • Silver-level recognition of corporate logo in all event collateral

*Subject to CLSA approval
**Gift to be provided by sponsor, subject to CLSA approval

Pantheon Awards Ceremony


San Francisco | Winter 2016

The CLSA Pantheon Awards Ceremony is a life sciences community event that brings together California’s industry leaders: inventors, investors, educators, Nobel Laureates, and local, state, and federal elected officials. It’s a moment in time where industry founders share the stage with next-generation leaders. Join us for this celebration of the impact that California’s therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, and industrial biotechnology companies are making around the globe.

Presenting Sponsor Benefits: – $20,000 | Sold Out

This sponsorship offers the highest level of visibility and includes on-stage
presentation of one of the Lifetime Achievement awards.

  • Table for 10 individuals, with prominent placement
  • Invitation for two individuals to attend the Chairman’s Reception
  • On-stage presentation of one Life Sciences Leadership award or other award onstage
  • Full-page ad in the event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Company logo incorporated into marquee remarks (“2016 Pantheon Awards Ceremony presented by …”)
  • Prominent logo on the printed program cover
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and program

Chairman’s Reception Sponsor Benefits: – $15,000 | Sold Out

This exclusive sponsorship gives your company stand-alone visibility
during the Chairman’s Reception.

  • Table for 10 attendees, with premium placement
  • Invitation for four individuals to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Sponsor of the Chairman’s Reception
  • Prominent logo display inside Chairman’s Reception area and all Chairman’s Reception collateral
  • Full-page ad in the event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Opening Reception Sponsor Benefits: – $15,000 | Sold Out

This exclusive sponsorship package gives your company stand-alone visibility during the opening reception.

  • Table for 10 individuals, with premium placement
  • Invitation for one individual to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Sponsor of the Opening Reception
  • Prominent logo display in the Opening Reception area and all Opening Reception collateral
  • Full-page ad in the event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Centerpiece Reception Sponsor Benefits: – $15,000 | One Available

This exclusive sponsorship package will give the Centerpiece Sponsor high-level stand-alone visibility at each corporate table and place setting during the Pantheon Awards Ceremony.

  • Table for 10 attendees, with premium placement
  • Four table tents displaying sponsor logo placed at each corporate table
  • A business-card size sponsor logo display at each place setting, featuring a “fun fact” format highlighting a program of the sponsor’s choosing
  • One-page ad in the event program
  • Invitation for four individuals to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Prominent logo in all event materials:
    • Electronic invitations
    • Printed advertising
    • Event printed program
    • Event website with hyperlink
    • Displayed on video screen at the event

Dessert Reception Sponsor Benefits: – $8,500 | One Available

This exclusive sponsorship package gives your company stand-alone visibility during the closing reception.

  • Table for 10 individuals, with premium placement
  • Invitation for one individual to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Sponsor of Dessert Reception
  • Prominent logo display in Dessert Reception area and on all Dessert Reception collateral, OR creative logo placement on dessert items and all dessert displays at corporate tables
  • Full-page ad in the event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Wine Sponsor Benefits: – $10,000 | One Available

This sponsorship package gives your company visibility on all menus as our Exclusive Wine Sponsor.

  • Table for 10 individuals, with premium placement
  • Invitation for one individual to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Wine Sponsor, with logo placement on all menus
  • Opportunity to place small table tent on each table: “Wine brought to you by…”
  • Full-page ad in the event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Entertainment Sponsor Benefits: – $8,500 | One Available

This unique sponsorship package gives your company stand-alone visibility during the entertainment portion of the program.

  • Table for 10 individuals, with premium placement in relation to stage
  • Invitation for one individual to attend private Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Sponsor of the Pantheon Award entertainment section
  • Opportunity to work with CLSA in appointing the evening’s entertainment
  • Complimentary full-page ad in event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Video Vignettes Sponsor Benefits: – $12,000 | Exclusive

This unique sponsorship package gives your company stand-alone visibility in video vignettes produced specifically for this event.

  • Invitation for two individuals to attend Awards Dinner
  • Invitation for one individual to attend the Chairman’s Reception
  • Named Exclusive Sponsor of video vignettes
  • Company logo incorporated into video vignettes shown during Pantheon Awards Ceremony, used post-event in CLSA marketing campaigns, and archived/ and available for viewing via CLSA web site and CLSA YouTube Channel
  • Prominent logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage and printed program

Event Sponsor Benefits: – $7,500 | Limited Availability

This sponsorship package gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the California community.

  • Table for 10 individuals
  • Named Event Sponsor
  • Half-page ad in event program (to be supplied by the sponsor)
  • Company logo on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and printed program

Table Sponsor Benefits: – $5,500 | $6,500 Non-Members | $3,500 Philanthropic/Non-Profit*

Reserve your own table for your colleagues, clients, and peers.

  • Table for 10 individuals

*Philanthropic rate provides sponsoring company an opportunity to have one representative of their organization attend with the remaining nine (9) seats donated to education, academic, and early-stage company representatives (i.e., university teachers, researchers, and students; high school and community college sciences educators; representatives of the community-based non-profit organizations; executives of start-up biotech companies, etc.). This rate also applies to qualified non-profits, government agencies, patient groups, and disease foundations.

Partnering Day Program

The Partnering Day Program is an opportunity to promote your company as a CLSA partner of choice, and leverage our network and resources. You’ll be able to connect with small high-quality therapeutic, device, and diagnostic companies in California and gain unparalleled access to novel technologies for co-development.

Basic Package: – $10,000

  • Partnering Day Sponsor will be announced as event headliner, e.g., [Your Name] Partnering Day, with the event date and location set in close coordination with CLSA
  • Sponsor will determine specific therapeutic research and development areas, technologies, and stage of development to focus on during Partnering Day, and CLSA will promote this agenda to companies in its California network
  • CLSA will create a dedicated web page and will promote Partnering Day to CLSA members and Fellows via direct marketing through our network of California venture funds and entrepreneurship programs as well as our marketing partners
  • Partnering Day Sponsor will have an opportunity to deliver an exclusive presentation during the Opening Plenary:
    • “Partner of Choice” pitch
    • Current areas of R&D interest
    • Partnering strategy and process
    • Completed deals, partnerships in place (portfolio of companies)
    • Business development team member introductions
  • Opening Plenary will be followed by a full day of one-on-one partnering meetings. (Please note: This option provides for one partnering track only; no pre-screening of candidates will be provided by CLSA. Review and approval of applications as well as scheduling of qualified candidates is responsibility of the Partnering Day Sponsor)
  • For Partnering Days held in the Bay Area, sponsor will be allowed complimentary use of CLSA South San Francisco offices for the purposes of the Partnering Day meetings

Ultimate Package: – $25,000

  • Partnering Day sponsor will be announced as event headliner, e.g., [Your Name] Partnering Day, with the event date and location set in close coordination with CLSA
  • Sponsor will determine specific therapeutic research and development areas, technologies, and stage of development to focus during Partnering Day, and CLSA will promote this agenda to companies in its California network
  • CLSA will create a dedicated web page and will promote Partnering Day to CLSA members and Fellows via direct marketing through our network of California venture funds and entrepreneurship programs as well as our marketing partners
  • Partnering Day Sponsor will have an opportunity to deliver an exclusive presentation during the Opening Plenary (up to 80 executives):
    • “Partner of Choice” pitch
    • Current areas of R&D interest
    • Partnering strategy and process
    • Completed deals, partnerships in place (portfolio of companies)
    • Business development team member introductions
  • CLSA will work closely with the Partnering Day Sponsor to identify and pre-qualify small therapeutic, diagnostic, and medical device companies, request additional information as necessary, and schedule meetings
  • Partnering Day Sponsor will be provided an opportunity to hold targeted one-on-one meetings for up to six therapeutic/disease areas or tracks (additional tracks subject to space availability; additional charges may apply)
  • Opportunity to host a targeted luncheon session for up to 40 individuals
  • Opportunity to coordinate with CLSA in pre-mailing of partnering materials to approved companies, including:
    • Partnering strategy and focus
    • Biographies and photos of the relevant team members
    • Information on completed deals and partnerships already in place
  • CLSA will write an article before the Partnering Day and post it on the CLSA web site; after the Partnering Day CLSA will write a comprehensive overview of the day (including key contact information) and send it to CLSA subscribers via the CLSA Wire monthly newsletter

Add-On Services:

Business Development Reception Package: – $5,000

  • Host a reception for up to 100 business development, and C-suite executives on the eve of or at the conclusion of the Partnering Day (by invitation)

Dinner Package: – $5,000

  • Host a private dinner for up to 25 investors and business development and/or C-suite executives on the eve of or at the conclusion of the Partnering Day (by invitation)

7th Annual Diagnostics Summit | California

This program is designed to help California diagnostic companies connect with investors, therapeutic, and medical device companies seeking collaborations, medical research centers, industry thought leaders, and innovators. It will give attendees the opportunities to learn from experts on funding trends, the regulatory environment, pricing and reimbursement issues, and best practices for research and discovery in a resource-constrained environment. Both strategic and tactical sessions will be offered. Interactive elements incorporated into every session, as well as networking functions, will allow attendees to connect with their industry peers.

Plenary Sponsor Benefits: $10,000 | Two Available

  • Ten full conference registrations
  • Exclusive visibility at one of the two plenary sessions
  • Opportunity to work with CLSA on selecting the plenary discussion topic and/or speaker(s) for your sponsored plenary
  • On-stage introduction of the speaker(s)
  • Opportunity to host plenary speaker for a private, invitation-only function at the conference
  • First-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • One full-page printed ad in program
  • Optional pre- or post-conference mailing to attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Session Sponsor Benefits: $5,000 | 10 Available

  • Five full conference registrations
  • Opportunity to join the Diagnostic Summit Advisory Committee and work on selecting discussion topics for the summit agenda, including nomination of session speakers and moderators
  • Opportunity to participate as a panelist or a moderator in one session
  • Second-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Reception Sponsor Benefits: $5,000 | Two Available

  • Five full conference registrations
  • Named Co-Sponsor of business development reception
  • One full-page printed ad in program
  • Second-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • Optional pre- or post-conference mailing to attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Conference Bag Sponsor Benefits: $5,000 | One Available

  • Five full conference registrations
  • Exclusive company logo placement on conference bags
  • Half-page printed ad in program
  • Second-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • Optional pre- or post-conference mailing to attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Lanyard Sponsor Benefits: $5,000 | One Available

  • Five full conference registrations
  • Exclusive company logo placement on conference lanyards
  • Half-page printed ad in program
  • Second-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • Optional pre- or post-conference mailing to attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Internet HotSpot Sponsor: $5,000 | One Available

  • Five full conference registrations
  • Attendees desiring internet access will be directed to your exhibit space to receive a wireless access code
  • Quarter-page ad in the printed program
  • Second-tier logo on all event collateral; logo, link, and company description on event web site
  • Optional pre- or post-conference mailing to attendees
  • Opportunity to exhibit

Supporter: $2,500

  • Two full conference registrations
  • Opportunity to exhibit

CLSA Reception at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference | Bay Area | January 13, 2016

Start off 2016 by connecting with life sciences heavyweights! The CLSA Reception at JP Morgan is a unique opportunity to connect with life sciences industry executives from public and private companies, and CLSA Board of Directors and Partners.

Reception Sponsor Benefits: $10,000 | Three Available

  • Complimentary reception admissions
  • Access to attendee information for follow-up after event
  • Logo placement on all event collateral, including web page, e-mail broadcasts, signage, and print
  • Opportunity to collaborate on invitation list and coordinate marketing outreach
  • Ability to display promotional materials or provide giveaways at the reception
  • Recognition during reception

FAST Advisory Program

The CLSI FAST (Fellows All-Star Team) Advisory Program allows the most promising Bay Area life sciences startups access to expert advising to increase their chances and speed of securing funding from investors and partners. Ultimately, working with a tailored team of technical and business experts also puts commercial success within reach.

The FAST program runs in two sessions, Spring and Fall. For each session, experienced reviewers select the FAST startups, who are then matched with a high-level team of advisors that work with the startups over 10-12 weeks. The program culminates with a Final FAST Showcase and Reception where the FAST companies present to a distinguished audience of investors and executives from all segments of the industry. Through the program, 8-12 companies are directly served each year; an additional 20-30 startup applicants receive referrals and other advising to help them become “FAST”-ready.

Our Impact

Launched in Fall 2013, FAST was developed to help some of the most compelling Bay Area life sciences startups FAST-track their way to funding and success. In just five sessions, 24 companies have received over 2,200 advisory hours valued at over $600,000. Collectively, they have raised more than $55 million and created 72 jobs since their participation in FAST.

Sponsorship of the FAST program offers a first glimpse into some of the most cutting-edge innovative technologies from entrepreneurs in the industry.

Program Sponsor Benefits: Investment of $20,000

  • Named Program Sponsor for two FAST program sessions over a 12-month period
  • Visibility as a Program Sponsor on FAST web site for the sponsorship duration, including company logo on all FAST program-related materials, electronic invitations, registration confirmations, printed event program, and event signage
  • Invitation issued to one (1) company executive to participate on the Spring AND Fall Review Panels to review applications and select FAST companies (preference given to a company expert on selected topic)
  • Option to provide an advisor to serve on one FAST team per session (based on expertise matching company needs)
  • Invitation issued to two (2) executives to attend the invitation-only Spring AND Fall Opening FAST Showcases
  • Invitation issued to three (3) executives to attend the invitation-only Spring AND Fall Final FAST Showcases to network with a distinguished audience of life sciences startups, executives, and investors
  • Opportunity to exhibit company literature on Showcase registration tables

Session Sponsor Benefits: Investment of $10,000

  • Named Program Sponsor for one of the two FAST program sessions (Spring OR Fall);
  • Visibility as a Spring OR Fall session Sponsor on FAST web-site, including company logo on all session-related materials, electronic invitations, registration confirmations, printed event program, and event signage
  • Invitation issued to one (1) company executive to participate on the Spring OR Fall Review Panel to review applications and select FAST companies (preference given to a company expert on selected topic) OR on the Advisory Team (based on expertise matching company needs)
  • Invitation issued to one (1) executive to attend the invitation-only Spring OR Fall Opening FAST Showcase
  • Invitation issued to two (2) executives to attend the invitation-only Spring OR Fall Final FAST Showcase to network with a distinguished audience of life sciences startups, executives, and investors.

Video Sponsor Benefits: Investment of $7,500 | Sold Out

  • Named Exclusive Video Sponsor of FAST promotional video, which will be used as a program recruitment tool for start-ups and disseminated to prospective investors and advisors
  • Invitation for one (1) executive to attend the invitation-only Spring OR Fall Final FAST Showcase & Celebration to network with a distinguished audience of investors and life sciences startups

Showcase Reception Sponsor Benefits: Investment of $5,000 | Three Available

  • Named Showcase Reception Sponsor for one of the two Final FAST Showcase Receptions (Spring OR Fall)
  • Visibility as a Spring OR Fall Final Fast Showcase Reception Sponsor, including company logo on event web site, all session-related materials, electronic invitations, registration confirmations, printed event program, and event signage
  • Invitation to three (3) executives to attend the final invitation-only Spring OR Fall Final FAST Showcase & Reception to network with a distinguished audience of investors and life science startups.

Opportunities for customized sponsorship available at a higher level. Please inquire with Lori Lindburg at lori@califesciences.org.
*Please make checks payable to the California Life Sciences Institute, or CLSI, a 501(c)(3) organization.

FAST/Fellows/Experts Networking Receptions

These informal gatherings allow CLSA Fellows, FAST companies and graduates, FAST Advisors, and CLSI Expert Network experts to meet in a casual setting to develop rapport while discussing issues related to getting a life sciences start-up off the ground and funded.

Sponsor Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to network with some of the Bay Area’s most compelling start-ups and experienced professionals (serial
    entrepreneurs, investors, and product and business experts).
  • Company logo included in event-related materials: Electronic invitations, registration confirmations, and event signage
  • Invitation issued to two company representatives to attend the Networking Receptions

Sponsor Host Covers Tab (not to exceed $1,500 per event)

Value of Innovation Campaign

CLSA’s Value of Innovation Campaign aims to reframe the public narrative around the value of life sciences research, investment, and innovation, with two key goals:

  • To redirect the public narrative away from the cost of innovation and toward the value of innovation by better communicating the role of biomedical innovation in driving improvements in patient care, and the near- and long-term benefits across our economy
  • To defend against local, state, or federal policies that would hinder patient care by restricting access to medical treatments and technologies. We also seek to identify and proactively advance thoughtful “patient-centered” delivery, payment, and access policies

How Will This be Achieved?

By aggregating and employing existing data, we will continue to produce infographics, OpEds, social media, and other materials focused on the following themes: (1) The Value of Innovation to Patients; (2) The Value of Innovation to the Economy and Healthcare System; and (3) The Implications for Patient Access Stemming from Shifts in our Payment and Delivery Systems.

We will continue to employ many of the following tactics to reframe the debate:

  • Targeted healthcare/biotech/business reporter outreach and pitching
  • Engagement with third-party patient groups to push out this message
  • Press monitoring and a rapid response team to provide timely, accurate information to combat the narrative of the health plans and others and redirect the focus to the value of innovation
  • Op-eds, letters to the editor, blogs
  • Social media rapid responses and posts
  • Editorial board education
  • Building coalitions with third party spokespeople (patient groups, advocates, etc.)
  • Thought leadership placement
  • Establishing a working group coalition with other groups undertaking similar initiatives

To contribute or learn more about the Value of Innovation Campaign, please contact Todd Gillenwater, CLSA’s Executive Vice President, Advocacy & External Relations (tgillenwater@califesciences.org) or Will Zasadny, CLSA’s Manager, Communications (wzasadny@califesciences.org).

Increase Your Political Voice! Join the California Life Sciences Association State Political Action Committee Today

What is the California Life Sciences Association State Political Action Committee?

The California Life Sciences Association State Political Action Committee (CLSAPAC) is a bipartisan state political action committee established to solicit voluntary political contributions. The CLSAPAC enables companies and individuals to combine their resources to support state-level candidates who demonstrate a dedication to understanding California’s life sciences industry, encouraging the industry to flourish in the state, and fostering drug, device, and diagnostics innovation. Unlike federal law, corporations are allowed under California law to make political contributions to a state PAC.

What is the purpose of the CLSAPAC?

The purpose of the CLSAPAC is to elevate awareness of the life sciences industry’s goals through increased education and participation in the political process in California. The CLSAPAC aims to educate, inform, and elect candidates to state office who will support and promote California’s life sciences industry. The CLSAPAC allows the life sciences industry to support candidates for office who share our values and want to help our industry conduct business in California; develop, commercialize, and market new medical products; and maintain a highly skilled workforce.

Why contribute to the CLSAPAC?

The CLSAPAC allows you and your company the opportunity to unite with other industry leaders to ensure that Sacramento policymakers hear your views. Elected officials in California have direct influence on how you and your company conduct business in the state and how your products are developed, regulated, and marketed in California. By contributing to the CLSAPAC, you can help ensure that these key officials understand and appreciate the unique challenges facing medical innovators.

Who may contribute to the CLSAPAC?

Any individual or company that has an interest in maintaining a business, legal, and regulatory climate that supports and advances life sciences innovation in California may contribute to the CLSAPAC.

How do I join the CLSAPAC?

Join the CLSAPAC now by contacting Eve Bukowski, Vice President, State Government Relations (916-233-3497 or ebukowski@califesciences.org). United, we can support candidates who encourage medical innovation, advance product development, and promote the growth of the life sciences industry in California.

World Passport Program – California


California is the oldest, largest, and most productive life sciences cluster in the world. Counting over 750 companies in its membership, CLSA is your gateway to this critical life sciences cluster. Our mission is to connect you with the appropriate resources while visiting the region.

Basic Package: $3,500

  • CLSA will assess delegation needs and produce itinerary recommendations
  • CLSA will post extended information about delegation’s visit on CLSA web site, including key contact information
  • CLSA will provide electronic introductions for up to 10 organizations fitting selection criteria
  • CLSA will provide one executive for “meet and greet” who will also provide an overview of California’s life sciences industry
  • CLSA will provide visiting delegation with an opportunity to host a reception at CLSA offices to meet California companies

Premium Package: $7,000

  • All Basic package benefits
  • In addition to the Basic Package benefits, CLSA will help to secure meetings with California companies for a half-day program
  • CLSA will provide visiting delegation with one senior staff to escort delegation for the duration of the program

Ultimate Package: $15,000

  • Includes all Premium Package benefits
  • CLSA will design itinerary and secure all necessary appointments for a full-day program. Please note that this fee does not include visa support, any transportation, food, beverage, or hotel arrangements and/or costs
  • CLSA will create a dedicated web page and will promote the delegation visit via direct marketing through CLSA’s network of Northern California companies and its marketing partners
  • CLSA will write and post an article on the CLSA web site before the delegation visit
  • After the delegation visit, CLSA will provide a comprehensive overview of the visit, including photos and key contact information, in its electronic newsletter (CLSA Bulletin) disseminated to CLSA members

Advertisement Opportunities*

Tower Ad: $500

Take advantage of the strong CLSA web site traffic: We average 10,000 visits, 25,000 page views, and 6,500 unique visitors per month. Included in the package is the placement of a banner ad on the CLSA Events Page (in chronological order in the left-hand column) for up to one month. All ads are subject to review and approval by CLSA.*

On-Hold Messaging: $250

Take advantage of our substantial incoming call volume: Our customers can learn of your company and your services while waiting to be connected to a CLSA staff member.** Included in the package is a professionally recorded custom message 30 seconds in length, for up to one month. All ads are subject to review and approval by CLSA.*

*All advertising opportunities are limited to member companies only.
**Due to the exclusive nature of the CLSA Business Solutions Program, we cannot accept advertising from organizations for goods and services that directly compete with current participants and their offerings through this program.

Sponsorships Contact:
Holly Smithson
SVP, Business Strategy and Development
Phone (858) 568-8010
e-mail: Holly@califesciences.org