Bulletin, President's Corner

Honoring State Legislators; San Diego U-T Op-Ed; Growing the CLSA Board; CLSA is Hiring

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

February 10, 2016

2016 is off to a great start and the CLSA team is hard at work driving solutions for California’s life sciences community.

Each year, we have the opportunity to recognize a distinguished ssgroup of California state legislators who have demonstrated a commitment to strengthening and promoting California’s life sciences sector. On Feb. 4, at CLSA’s Back to Session reception in Sacramento, we presented our “2015 Lifetime Achievement Award” to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), and our “2015 Life Sciences Champion Award” to Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) and Marie Waldron (R-Escondido).

The leadership and guidance that Assembly Speaker Atkins, Senator Galgiani and Assemblymembers Mullin and Waldron each bring to the table has been instrumental in nurturing our treasured life sciences sector. We thank them for their dedication to advancing sound public policy that spurs life sciences innovation, leading to a healthier population in California and around the world.

All four legislative champions have demonstrated a fundamental understanding of the importance of California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. This year’s winners have consistently been principled defenders of policies to strengthen and promote life sciences investment, innovation and job creation in California. Click here to learn more.

My San Diego Union-Tribune Op-Ed: Nurturing California’s Life Sciences Ecosystem

For generations, California has led the way in advancing innovations123456 that drive the economy and create jobs. The Golden State plays key roles in developing therapies to extend life, reduce suffering and improve quality-of-life.  While California’s life sciences sector is doing well, there is always more that can be done. There are many unmet medical needs still to be addressed: cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic pain, antibiotic resistance, rare diseases and more.

I recently penned an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune, calling attention to the fact that in order to continue growing, California’s life sciences industry must be properly nurtured. I invite you to check out the op-ed here.

Abbott and KPMG Join the CLSA Board of Directors

On Feb. 8, we welcomed to our board of directors strong life sciences sector representation from Abbott and KPGM.

Robert B. Ford, Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, Abbott and Mark Ginestro, Principal, Healthcare and Life Sciences, KPMG bring extraordinary business and leadership expertise and experience to our growing organization. Their participation in our board will inform and strengthen our work in shaping public policy and driving solutions to help grow and foster California’s life sciences sector. I’m very grateful for their support and that of their leading edge companies. View our press release for more.

CLSA is Hiring: Senior Director of State Government Relations

We continue building our presence in Sacramento. As the nation’s largest statewide public policy advocacy and business solutions organization, our state government relations team is expanding, and seeking a Senior Director of State Government Relations. Click here to learn more.

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

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