CLSA Appoints Andrew Setikas as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy

Life Sciences Industry Leader Andrew Setikas to Take the Helm of CLSA’s Business Development, Membership and Strategic Alliance Activities

SAN FRANCISCO and SAN DIEGO – March 18, 2019 – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the trade association representing California’s life sciences industry, today announced the appointment of Andrew Setikas as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy starting March 25, 2019. The addition of Setikas to CLSA’s senior leadership team marks the continued expansion and rapid growth of CLSA, which advances California’s world-leading life sciences sector by advocating for effective national, state and local public policies and supporting entrepreneurs and life sciences businesses.

As SVP of Business Development and Strategy, Andrew Setikas will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of CLSA membership, including active involvement with prospects and members and leadership of CLSA’s business development team. Reporting to CLSA’s newly appointed President & CEO Mike Guerra, Setikas will create and implement programs that enhance CLSA membership engagement and value, and establish and manage partnerships and strategic alliances. Setikas will be based in CLSA’s South San Francisco office, with frequent travel between CLSA’s offices in San Diego, Sacramento, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, in order to drive the association’s growth and provide value to members.

“I’m pleased to welcome Andrew Setikas to CLSA as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Andrew is a seasoned business development professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in the life sciences sector who will bring incredible value to CLSA and our members,” said Mike Guerra, President & CEO, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). “As CLSA continues to expand its statewide footprint and membership services, including white glove public policy advocacybusiness solutions servicesprogramming and entrepreneurial support, Andrew will be a critical piece of our success in the coming years. Building on our combined 40-year legacy, Andrew is uniquely qualified to take CLSA’s business development activities to the next level as we support and grow California’s life sciences economy and community.”

Setikas joins CLSA from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, where he most recently served as Senior Director of Business Development, leading a group of corporate directors and teams focused on executive relationships, total company sales and collaborations with strategic academic, biotechnology and government accounts. Prior to his 12 years at Thermo Fisher, Setikas held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the life sciences, including business development roles at Roquette Frères, Adhesives Research Inc, and FMC Corporation. Setikas holds a Masters of Business Administration in Management from the University of San Francisco, and Bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the CLSA team, and look forward to helping the association fulfill its mission of advancing California’s life sciences sector by advocating for effective public policies and supporting entrepreneurs and life sciences businesses,” said Andrew Setikas, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). “CLSA provides the tools and member resources necessary to help ensure our state’s life sciences sector can grow and thrive, and I look forward to bringing my management skills, collaborative approach and network to this great team.

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About California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the state’s largest and most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization. With offices in Sacramento, San Diego, South San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington DC, CLSA works closely with industry, government, academia and others to shape public policy, improve access to innovative technologies and grow California’s life sciences economy. CLSA serves biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors and service providers throughout the Golden State. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged. Visit CLSA at, and follow us on Twitter @CALifeSciencesFacebookInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

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