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CLSA Announces Series of 2016 Public Officials Receptions and Hosts Congresswoman Mimi Walters for Member Tours

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

August 11, 2016

Welcoming New Members

Please welcome our newest CLSA members: Amaryllis Nucleics, Cirina, Forty Seven, Illumina Accelerator, Intertek, Regenerative Arthritis & Bone Medicine (RABOME), Riffyn, SeaSpine and Unity Biotechnology! These organizations join our diverse membership portfolio to add significant expertise and resources to the CLSA network.

CLSA Announces Series of 2016 Public Officials Receptions

CLSA’s annual Public Officials Reception provides a unique forum for our life sciences community to become better acquainted with and informally engage the elected officials that make critical decisions impacting the sector. Previous receptions have included Members of Congress and their staffs, California State Legislators, City Council members, County Supervisors, and other statewide elected officials (click here to view photos from the last reception).

This year, and recognizing our role as the voice of California’s statewide life sciences sector, CLSA is excited to announce the expansion of our Public Officials Reception program to include events in Orange County and Los Angeles, in addition to the Bay Area.

On Sept. 15, we’re pleased to be hosting our Bay Area Public Officials Reception at Genentech South San Francisco. CLSA will also be hosting public official receptions at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and UC Irvine in Orange County on Oct. 13 and 14, respectively. Be on the lookout for more details soon. For questions, contact Mallori Merandino, CLSA’s Manager of Federal Government Relations (


CLSA Hosts Congresswoman Mimi Walters for Member Tours at DexCom & Organovo

On July 25, CLSA hosted Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R–Laguna

Rep. Walters Tours CLSA Member Organovo on July 25 in San Diego. Left to Right: Will Zasadny, of CLSA, Jen Bush of Organovo, Rep. Mimi Walter and Deb Nguyen of Organovo
Rep. Walters Tours CLSA Member Organovo on July 25 in San Diego. Left to Right: Will Zasadny, of CLSA, Jen Bush of Organovo, Rep. Mimi Walters and Deb Nguyen of Organovo

Niguel) in San Diego for tours at member companies DexCom and Organovo. The visits were an opportunity to provide Congresswoman Walters, a winner of CLSA’s 2016 legislator Visionary Award, with a firsthand look at the many issues innovators in California’s life sciences sector are tackling to improve patient health and well-being. Walters expressed a keen desire to better understand the life sciences community and the innovations that companies like Organovo and DexCom are developing, as well as issues and policies — such as tax or regulatory hurdles — that can be especially challenging for growing companies.

Congresswoman Walters’ tour exemplifies CLSA’s efforts to provide premier educational opportunities to policymakers and thought leaders in Washington, Sacramento and locally. For further information, including if you would like to host a federal, state or local legislator for similar facility visits, please contact Todd Gillenwater, CLSA’s Executive Vice President, Advocacy & External Relations ( Click here to learn more and view photos.

Alex Kelly
Alex Kelly

Allergan and Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont Join CLSA Board

On Aug. 2, we welcomed to our board of directors strong life sciences sector representation from Allergan and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Alex Kelly, Executive Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Allergan and Jens H. Vogel, Ph.D., President & CEO, Boehringer
Ingelheim Fremont, bring diverse experience and perspectives to

Jens Vogel, Ph.D.
Jens Vogel, Ph.D.

our association, and we are thrilled to have them join our team. By adding their expertise to our already impressive board, CLSA will continue its track record of helping grow and foster California’s world-leading life sciences sector. View our press release for more.


CLSI Part of Winning Consortium to Develop the West Coast Accelerator for Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)

We are very pleased to announce that our partner organization, the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), was named as partner in a winning consortium organized by Boston University to develop the West Coast accelerator for anti-microbial resistance (AMR). CLSI joins MassBio, The Wellcome Trust, the AMR Centre, the Broad Institute and Boston University in the world’s largest public-private partnership dedicated to combatting antibiotic resistance: CARB-X, launched July 28.

The program provides $30 million for the first year and up to $250M over 5 years to accelerate a portfolio of innovative antibacterial products. Under the direction of  CLSI Executive Director, Lori Lindburg and Steve Karp, CLSI Sr. Program Advisor,  the program seeks potential advisors and researchers / companies in the AMR space. Click here to learn more about CARB-X.

Questions? Please contact Heather Shane, the new Senior Director of CLSI CARB-X, at

CLSA Unveils the New Benefits Advantage Trust Website

The CLSA Benefits Advantage Trust is designed to help life sciences companies control costs and compliance, assist with the attraction and retention of a highly competitive workforce, and navigate their most pressing employee healthcare concerns. Built by life sciences companies, for life sciences companies visit the website today.

We’re Hiring!

We continue building our team to better serve California’s life sciences ecosystem. As the nation’s largest statewide public policy advocacy and business solutions organization, CLSA is expanding and seeking to fill the following positions:

Visit CLSA’s Career Opportunities center to learn more.

Be sure to stay connected with us at, and follow us @CALifeSciences, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Sara Radcliffe
President & CEO
California Life Sciences Association

PS – Have newsworthy items to submit for consideration for our monthly CLSA Bulletin? Feel free to send those tips to Bianca Leveriza, CLSAs Associate, Marketing & Events (