CLSI Combines with Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative (BAB) to Strengthen Life Sciences Innovation
Combined Entity to Continue Mission of Fueling the Entrepreneurship, Education and Career Development that Support the Bioeconomy
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – October 16, 2015 – The California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI), the non-profit partner of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), today formally joined forces with the Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative (BAB), a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the life science economy of the San Francisco Bay Area by fostering innovation and collaboration.
Founded in 2013, under the leadership of Tony Coles, Una Ryan, and Matthew Hudes, BAB has worked with industry, universities, investors, medical centers, health insurers and payors, high-tech companies and government to advance several key strategic imperatives to support the Bay Area life sciences industry. As a result, BAB has emerged as a new model for cross-disciplinary collaborations.
CLSI maintains a complementary mission to support the foundations of innovation that have made the Bay Area and California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. Founded in 2015, CLSI was previously known as the BayBio Institute, which was established in 1990.
“By bringing our synergistic activities under one umbrella, we will be able to carry on BAB’s legacy of supporting the innovation that will continue to bolster our vibrant Bay Area BioEconomy,” said Una Ryan, Chair of the BAB Board of Directors.
“The Bay Area ecosystem will benefit from our joined forces,” added Lori Lindburg, Executive Director of CLSI. “Together, as a single organization with statewide reach, support and influence, we will continue our work to ensure that the economic and intellectual power of California’s life sciences sector and its employees remains strong.”
The combination will allow for a common mission under the umbrella of CLSI. A major focus of the combination will be a dedicated effort to measure the strength of the Bay Area entrepreneurial ecosystem. The data and metrics generated by this effort will be highlighted at the 2016 BIO International Convention.
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About California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI)
California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) supports the foundations of innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. With a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area, CLSI’s mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development. CLSI is an affiliate of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), which represents more than 750 life sciences organizations. The California Life Sciences Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and was established in 1990 as the BayBio Institute. Learn more at http://califesciencesinstitute.org.
About California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)
California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the leading voice for California’s life sciences sector. We work closely with industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to shape public policy, drive business solutions and grow California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. CLSA serves more than 750 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors and service providers. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged to create the state’s most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization. Visit CLSA at www.califesciences.org, and follow us on Twitter @CALifeSciences, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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