CLSA Recognizes Senator Jeff Stone, Assemblymembers Chad Mayes, Adam Gray as Champions of Biomedical Innovation

Legislators Honored for Commitment to Strengthening California’s Life Sciences Sector at CLSA’s Back to Session Reception and Dinner in Sacramento

Sacramento, San Diego & San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 27, 2019 – California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the trade association representing California’s life sciences industry, honored three California State Legislators as Life Sciences Champions during its legislative Back to Session Reception and Board Dinner in Sacramento that took place last night.

Left to Right: Mike Guerra, CLSA President & CEO; Assemblyman Chad Mayes; Senator Jeff Stone; Bill Newell, CLSA Board Chairman & CEO of Sutro Biopharma

Senator Jeff Stone (R-La Quinta), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) were each presented with CLSA’s “2018 Life Sciences Champion Award” for their leadership in advancing policies that increase patient access and affordability, and boost R&D in biotechnology, biomedical science, pharmaceutical and medical device innovation in California during the past year.

Left to Right: Tony Semedo, President, Medtronic Japan; Mike Guerra, CLSA President & CEO; Assemblyman Adam Gray; Bill Newell, CLSA Board Chairman & CEO of Sutro Biopharma

“Senator Jeff Stone and Assemblymembers Adam Gray and Chad Mayes have demonstrated a commitment to championing policies that spur innovative activity in the life sciences sector, helping lead to a healthier population in California and around the world,” said CLSA President & CEO Mike Guerra. “On behalf of California’s life sciences sector – a community employing over 311,000 Californians at 3,400 life sciences organizations – we are delighted to recognize these distinguished legislators for their leadership, which has been instrumental in cultivating California’s life sciences sector. As the new legislative session gets underway in Sacramento, CLSA looks forward to partnering with the Legislature to advance policies that improve patient health and bring positive change for California patients and their families.”

About the Life Sciences Champion Award: Recipients of CLSA’s Life Sciences Champion Award have demonstrated a fundamental understanding of the importance of California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. Winners are principled defenders of policies to strengthen and promote life sciences investment, innovation and job creation in California. View past winners: 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.


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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 @CALifeSciences, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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