California Biomedical Community Honors Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla & Kristin Olsen

Legislators Named 2014 Life Sciences Champions at California Healthcare Institute’s Back to Session Reception

LA JOLLA, Calif., Jan. 22, 2015 – Yesterday, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) were honored by the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) for their leadership in advancing biotechnology, biomedical science, medical device and pharmaceutical innovation in 2014. Mitchell, Bonilla and Olsen each received the “2014 Life Sciences Champion” award from CHI President & CEO Sara Radcliffe, presented at CHI’s annual Back to Session reception in Sacramento. CHI is a nonprofit, public policy research organization, representing leading California academic institutions, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical firms.

“Senator Mitchell, Assemblymember Bonilla and Assemblymember Olsen have been tireless champions for biomedical innovation and access to care,” said Radcliffe. “The guidance and leadership these hard-working members of the California State Legislature each bring to the table has been instrumental in nurturing our treasured life sciences ecosystem. We are pleased to recognize their efforts to advance sound public policy that spurs biomedical innovation, leading to a healthier population in California.”

“The life sciences industry is an economic pillar in California, employing over 270,000 people. It’s important that those of us in Sacramento work together to nurture this key backbone of our economy,” said Senator Holly Mitchell. “I appreciate this award from CHI recognizing my contributions to fostering greater access to innovation and affordable treatments.”

“This past year I was pleased to work closely with CHI in developing coalitions for legislation that streamlined the process to obtain prescription medications and access to care,” said Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. “I’m honored to receive this award and thank the California Healthcare Institute for its continued leadership on behalf of the State’s biomedical ecosystem.”

“I am truly honored to be recognized by the California Healthcare Institute for my work supporting California’s life sciences,” said Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, the Republican Leader of the Assembly. “Fostering responsible policies that spur scientific innovation to save lives and improve patients’ quality of life remains one of my top priorities. I look forward to continue working with CHI and its members to promote an environment that helps this crucial industry thrive.”

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Will Zasadny
Manager – Communications; California Healthcare Institute