CLSA’s 2018 Back to Session Reception a Success

Feb. 15, 2018
By Brett Johnson

On Feb. 7, CLSA held its annual Back to Session Reception to welcome legislators back to Sacramento for the commencement of another legislative year, as well as to honor those legislators identified by CLSA membership as Life Sciences Champions. Dozens of legislators and at least two hundred other attendees packed the Ella Dining Room and Bar to see the presentation and mingle with those representing the life sciences industry, among others.

This year, three California state legislators were presented the “2017 Life Sciences Champion Award.” Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), and Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Modesto) were each honored 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.

With the Back to Session Reception marking CLSA’s official welcome to the legislature, we can now begin looking toward the last day of the current two-year legislative session, which will be Aug. 31. Questions? Please contact  Brett Johnson, CLSA’s Senior Director, Policy & Regulatory Affairs (