CLSA Unveils 2016 Legislative Policy Agendas

March 7, 2016

California’s life sciences sector is an economic treasure that employs nearly 300,000 Californians at more than 2,800 life sciences companies and organizations. The California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) plays a leading role in contributing to the success and growth of this treasured sector. By working directly with officials in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and at the local levels around the state, we are on the front lines of helping to protect, promote and tell the story of the life sciences sector and the promise and hope it offers to millions around the world.

As that nation’s largest statewide public policy advocacy and business solutions organization, CLSA’s seasoned federal, state and local government relations teams are hard at work, advocating for and collaborating with leading public policy makers and stakeholders to make certain that your voice is heard. To ensure that our activities in the coming year reflect your perspectives and needs, CLSA is pleased to present our 2016 federal, state and local policy agendas. For a brief look at these agendas, read on, and to view our detailed materials, click the links below.




Federal Policy Agenda

In 2016, our federal policy work will center on numerous issues affecting life sciences research, investment, innovation and acess. Key federal policy efforts will focus on:

  • Biomedical Research & Education
  • FDA Regulatory Policies & Funding
  • House & Senate “Innovation” Initiatives
  • Coverage, Payment, Access & Value
  • Tax, Trade and Intellectual Property
  • Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • More

Click here to view details on CLSA’s 2016 Federal Policy Agenda. Questions? Please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President, Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (

State Policy Agenda

In Sacramento, our state advocacy activities will focus on a number of issues critical to the success of California’s life sciences innovators, including:

  • Environmental Regulations
  • Value of Innovation, Access, Coverage and Payment
  • Medication Adherence
  • State Budget and Tax Issues
  • Fail First/Step Therapy
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • More

Click here for more details and to view CLSA’s 2016 State Policy Agenda. Questions? Please contact Oliver Rocroi, CLSA’s Senior Director of State Government Relations (

Local Policy Agenda

Local governmental bodies (city, county, regional) have an increasingly significant impact on the health and growth of our state’s innovative life sciences sector. In 2016, our local policy and advocacy efforts will center on:

  • Drug and Sharps Takeback
  • Gross Receipts Tax (San Francisco)
  • Warriors Stadium in Mission Bay
  • STEM Career Day in Mission Bay
  • BIO 2016 in San Francisco
  • More

Click here for more details and to view CLSA’s 2016 State Policy Agenda. Questions? Please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government & Community Relations (

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