CLSA Continues Tradition of Educating Lawmakers with 6th Annual Life Sciences Academy

By Brett Johnson
December 17, 2018

The educational program opened with an overview of the industry in California provided by CLSA’s Senior Director of State Government Relations, Oliver Rocroi, then moved into member company presentations on the difficult path for therapies through discovery and development. Special attention was also paid to our industry’s efforts to improve clinical trial enrollment among underrepresented patient populations, which has been an issue of increasing interest for many lawmakers. Other panels on day one focused on improving the treatment of diabetes in California and how digital health technologies could improve patient care.

The first day of programming concluded with a legislator roundtable, allowing legislators to put questions to the companies in attendance and provide their perspectives on our industry in California. Out-of-pocket costs for patients and the list prices for many therapies were, predictably, the concerns legislators said they heard from their constituents most, sparking a productive discussion of the role of all players in the system, including pharmacy benefit managers, and how players must work together to address concerns around cost and price.

Day two of the educational programming covered improving patients’ access to therapies and looked forward as to how the life sciences industry can improve public health and healthcare in California. Panels discussed the potential for transformational change as a result of precision medicine, the positive impact of disease awareness campaigns, and reducing the incidence of sepsis in healthcare facilities.  The programming closed with a discussion panel on what the next couple of years of policymaking in California may mean for California’s healthcare system, which included association representatives for both physicians and pharmacists in California.

CLSA would like to again thank all of our sponsors who make the Life Sciences Academy possible, as well as all the legislators who made the time to attend. If you would like more information or are interested in participating in next year’s Life Sciences Academy, please contact Manny Heer (, Brett Johnson (, or Oliver Rocroi ( in CLSA’s Sacramento office.