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CLSA Hosts Life Sciences Innovator Site Visits & Roundtable with Congressman Tony Cárdenas

By Dani Mitchell
August 15, 2018

In early August, CLSA organized a 2-day tour of multiple life sciences sector companies and research institutions across the Bay Area for Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), and his Washington DC-based staff. Cárdenas and our CLSA Federal Government Relations team visited & toured regional CLSA member companies including: Sutro Biopharma (San Carlos), 23andMe (Mountain View), Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JLABS (South San Francisco), and BioMarin (San Rafael and Novato).

Cárdenas, a member of the prestigious House Committee on Energy & Commerce, 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.

As part of his visit to the Bay Area, CLSA convened a roundtable with the Congressman, CLSA Board Members, and representatives of CLSA member companies and research institutions, hosted at Sutro Biopharma in San Carlos, CA. The discussion was focused around issues of critical importance to California’s biomedical and life sciences 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.

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 thanks both our member company host sites and our roundtable participants for highlighting some of the cutting-edge research and lifesaving therapies coming out of California companies. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with Rep. Cárdenas to ensure our state’s continued growth and leadership in biomedical and life sciences innovation.

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 (JCarey@Califesciences.org).