CLSA Recognizes Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblymembers Heath Flora, Rob Bonta as Champions of Biomedical Innovation

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

CLSA’s 2017 Life Sciences Champions | Left to Right: CLSA Pres. & CEO Sara Radcliffe; Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates; Assemblymember Rob Bonta; Assemblymember Heath Flora; Don Bobo, CLSA Board Chairman & Corporate Vice President, Edwards Lifesciences

Sacramento, San Diego & San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 8, 2018 – 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 Back to Session Reception in Sacramento that took place on February 7.

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Modesto) were each presented with CLSA’s “2017 Life Sciences Champion Award” for their leadership and dedication to advancing biotechnology, biomedical science, pharmaceutical and medical device innovation in California in 2017.

“Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Heath Flora have demonstrated a commitment to championing public policy that spurs biomedical innovation, leading to a healthier population in California and around the world,” said CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe. “On behalf of California’s life sciences sector – a community employing nearly 300,000 Californians – we are pleased to recognize these distinguished legislators for their leadership, which has been instrumental in nurturing California’s treasured life sciences sector.”

As vice chair of the appropriations committee, Senator Bates spearheaded efforts in the Senate to protect life sciences innovation in California. Assemblymember Bonta was instrumental in creating policies to protect patients, and Assemblymember Flora advocated for STEM education and access to quality care, particularly in rural communities.

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: 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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