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CLSA Co-Hosts Legislative Briefing on the Status of the Bioeconomy
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April 19, 1018
By Oliver Rocroi

CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe moderates a legislative briefing on the status of California’s bioeconomy in Sacramento.

On April 18, CLSA partnered with the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and the Council on Competitiveness to provide a briefing in Sacramento to members and staff of the California State Legislature on the status of California’s bioeconomy.

Several members of the Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology and the Technology and Innovation Caucus attended, including both chairpersons, Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin (D- South San Francisco) and Evan Low (D-Campbell). They were joined by interested staff and other key stakeholders from around the capitol community.

The focus of the briefing was the current state of the bioeconomy in California and the opportunity to explore ways in which public policy makers can improve on existing success.  California’s leadership as a bioscience innovator, particularly in healthcare, is well known.  Spurred by breakthroughs in genetic engineering, DNA sequencing and robotics, biological research has opened enormous potential on multiple fronts: improved health outcomes for Californians, higher-yield crops of improved nutritional value, reduced dependence on petroleum-based chemicals, and the development of domestic manufacturing of low-carbon fuels and other products from abundant waste feedstocks.

Moderated by CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe, the briefing examined the development of California’s bioeconomy and identified several avenues for advancing California’s economic leadership while contributing to the state’s climate and resource protection and enhancement goals.

To highlight the practical applications of biobased materials and the benefits of bioengineering, we were joined by Genomatica, Amyris and Aemetis. Each company presented examples and opportunities for expansion of current efforts and helped educate the attendees relative to larger scale applications that could impact 100 percent of California’s population with cleaner air, more efficient fuels, synthetic alternatives to environmentally sensitive consumer goods and products, and more sustainable products derived from bioengineered products.

For more information about this event or to learn more about CLSA advocacy efforts in Sacramento, please contact Oliver Rocroi, CLSA’s Senior Director, State Government Relations, orocroi@califesciences.org.