Bulletin, President's Corner

Pantheon Awards Ceremony; Reimbursement Decision Luncheon; Release of 2016 California Life Sciences Industry Report, and CLSI Update

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

November 11, 2015

This is our favorite time of year here at CLSA, as we gear up to celebrate California’s life sciences community with our Pantheon Awards Ceremony this coming Tuesday, November 17. We will be honoring organizations that have made our industry proud, and recognizing those who have inspired us.

Also this coming Tuesday, we will be hosting a roundtable, The Reimbursement Decision: Payer and Provider Perspectives. The purpose of the program is to provide the high-level perspectives of payer and provider stakeholders as they pertain to shifts and trends in our healthcare delivery and payment models, and the implications they hold for developers of new medical technologies and treatments.

The program offers a true “thought leader” opportunity to participate in a frank but engaging discussion on a few key themes, such as how stakeholders define “value” in our healthcare system and what the shift from fee-for-service to value-based payment mechanisms (e.g., Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), bundled payments and pay for performance) portends for all healthcare system stakeholders. And, of course, how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is accelerating many of these trends. I hope you will be there! Tickets are still available for purchase here.

Tomorrow, we’re excited to be releasing the CLSA and PWC 2016 California Life Sciences Industry Report, which will provide a holistic overview on the economic and therapeutic impact that our sector has in California. If you have not already, don’t forget to sign up for our webinar, where Peter Claude from PwC and I will be discussing the report in detail, including employment and economic impact trends, VC funding, academic leadership & rankings, and a public policy outlook.

The California Life Science Institute (CLSI) is forging ahead on the California Career Pathways Trust grant awarded to CLSI and partners in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, SF Unified School District and City College of San Francisco. This hefty influx of cash to the region – $6 million over three years – will tap local industry to strengthen career pathways in the life sciences for San Francisco students. The Institute also recently combined with the Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative last month to carry on the important work of Tony Coles, Una Ryan and Matthew Hudes in strengthening the region’s life sciences ecosystem. Finally, CLSI is pleased to announce the release of a new video on the Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Advisory Program, the acclaimed program that is helping to tip the needle for a few innovative startups each year.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the CLSA Bulletin and continue to be a part of the CLSA community. Be sure to stay connected with us at, and follow @CALifeSciences, Facebook, InstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our 2015 Pantheon Ceremony, November 17 in San Francisco!

Best regards,

Sara Radcliffe
President & CEO
California Life Sciences Association