CLSA Hosts Congressman Tony Cárdenas for Life Sciences Roundtable & Company Tours

August 17, 2017

This August, CLSA hosted Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and his Washington DC-based staff for 3-days of tours at multiple life sciences sector companies and research institutions across the San Diego region. Team Cárdenas and our CLSA Federal Government Relations team visited and toured local CLSA member companies including BD, Celgene, Dexcom, JLABS and prospective member The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).

CLSA also convened a roundtable discussion with Rep. Cárdenas, CLSA Board Members, and representatives of CLSA member companies and research institutions at JLABS in San Diego. The discussion was focused around issues of critical importance to California’s biomedical R&D community, including the ecosystem for life sciences investment, innovation and job creation in our state, and the opportunities and challenges facing our sector, including NIH funding, intellectual property protections, FDA regulatory policies, and the coverage, payment and access environment. A particular point of discussion was on the political environment in Washington, D.C., and how to best position life sciences sector policies for success in a bitterly divided and gridlocked legislative environment.

Cárdenas, a member of the prestigious House Energy & Commerce Committee, expressed a keen desire to better understand the life sciences community and the innovations that CLSA members are developing, as well as issues and policies that can be especially challenging for growing companies.

Congressman Cárdenas’ tour and visit exemplifies CLSA’s efforts to provide premier educational opportunities to policymakers and thought leaders in Washington, Sacramento and locally.

CLSA proactively offers opportunities for congressional staff and Members of Congress to visit life sciences facilities throughout California.

For further information, including if you would like to host a federal, state or local legislator for similar facility visits, please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (