Bulletin, President's Corner

CLSA Welcomes 11 New Members this Month and Discusses Upcoming Events & Member Benefits

RETSara Radcliffe
President & CEO
CLSA – California Life Sciences Association 

January 27, 2017

2017 Welcome

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!  It’s a new year, we have a new administration, and we’re looking forward to sharing another year of growth and progress with our members and the life sciences community.

Welcoming New Members

Please welcome the 11 new CLSA members who joined us in the last month:  Vital Therapies, Biofluidica, Transeo Radiotherapy Solutions LLC, Argenta, twoXAR, AnimalBiome, Commence Bio, Alpine Roads, Inc., Care Zone Inc., Sciogen LLC, and Applied Proteomics Inc.      These great organizations join our robust membership portfolio and add significantly to the expertise and resources available in the CLSA network.

CLSA Applauds California Congressional Delegation on New Leadership Positions, Committee Assignments

With the opening of the 115th Congress, the 55-Member California congressional delegation continues to rank amongst the most influential, with numerous members serving in positions of leadership and on committees with jurisdiction over issues and policies critical to the continued advancement of our state’s and the nation’s life sciences sector.  CLSA and our Washington DC-based federal government relations team continue working closely with distinguished bipartisan leaders to promote life sciences research, investment, innovation and access:

Republican Leadership

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), House Majority Leader
  • Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), sophomore representative to House Republican Leadership, and deputy chair, National Republican Committee (NRCC)

Democratic Leadership

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), Assistant Whip
  • Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Cerritos), Vice Chair, House Democratic Caucus
  • Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), House Democratic Caucus Leadership position for members serving five terms or less
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay), Co-chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee

House Energy & Commerce Committee:  Reps. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Palm Desert), and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) will join the committee in the 115th Congress. The California congressional delegation is now the largest state delegation represented on this committee with seven seats. Energy & Commerce has jurisdiction over important issues like biomedical research at NIH and regulatory pathways for new drugs, devices and biosimilars at FDA.

House Appropriations Committee:  Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) will join this committee with jurisdiction over federal government spending. With this addition, the California congressional delegation is now the largest state delegation represented on this committee with five seats.

House Judiciary Committee:  Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) and Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay) will serve on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over intellectual property and patent rights policies critical to the life sciences sector. California delegation members will hold six bipartisan seats on this committee in the 115th Congress, tying Texas for the states with the most delegation members represented.

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In Sacramento, “Cost” Debate Continues, ACA Will Consume Considerable Attention

CLSA members should pay close attention to activity at the federal level around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has the potential to throw California’s healthcare policy agenda into turmoil at any given time.  The Governor, Insurance Commissioner and Majority Legislative Leaders have already expressed deep concerns related to the impacts that a repeal of the ACA would have on millions of Californians to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  Although the future of the ACA is unknown, the inter, and intra-party politics involved will likely be on public display as much as the policy debate.

Access more CLSA information about recent ACA activity here.

Don’t Miss – CLSA Power Partnering Days Coming in March

Are you an emerging company looking to partner with a global life sciences organization?  If so, check out our back-to-back March Partnering Days with Bay Area power players AbbVie and Merck!  CLSA’s Partnering Days offer targeted one-on-one meetings that create co-development opportunities.  Application is required for one-on-one meetings – if interested, please apply for an available appointment:

800px-Merck_Logo.svg Merck Partnering Day: Friday, March 17, 2017
ab AbbVie Partnering Day: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Take Advantage of New CLSA Member Benefits in 2017

It’s 2017 – are you taking full advantage of your member benefits?  We’re excited to share this expanded lineup of benefits for our member organizations.  Not a member yet?  Contact us to join today.

1 JANUARY ONLY – Discounted BIO registration: Save 20% with your CLSA member code.  Only good through January 31st!  Contact us to receive your code, and plan your 2017 event schedule with our events calendar here.
2 CLSA Benefits Advantage Trust: Save money and give your employees the best benefit plans, along with a multi-lingual call center to answer their benefit questions, health advocates, a benefits administration system, compliance and ACA resources and education, and communication assistance.  Enroll today to control costs, improve compliance, and retain your valuable employees.
3 VWR: CLSA members can save up to 75% off more than 8000 lab equipment and supply listings. Learn more
4 Illumina: CLSA members receive exclusive rebates on benchtop sequencing instrumentation. Contact us for more information.

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Sara Radcliffe
President & CEO
California Life Sciences Association

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