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CLSA’s Hosts Board Members in DC for Fly-In with Members of Congress

By Jenny Nieto 
Feb. 21, 2019

On Feb. 7, the CLSA’s federal government relations team hosted 10 members of CLSA’s board of directors and President & CEO, Mike Guerra, for a full day on Capitol Hill meeting with 9 members of the California delegation. The purpose of the 2019 Life Sciences Leadership Advocacy Day was to support policymakers in better understanding the value and work that California’s innovative life sciences sector brings to patient care, the economy and mor

Meetings took place with the following Members of Congress: Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay), Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernadino), Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/South San Francisco), Tony Cárdenas (D-Los Angeles), Scott Peters (D-San Diego), and Anna G. Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley).  The group also met with three new members including: Reps. Mike Levin (D-North San Diego/South Orange County), Harley Rouda (D-Newport Beach), and Katie Hill (D-Santa Clarita Valley).

CLSA’s board members discussed issues including: ways to combat the rising costs of healthcare; the complicated nature of biomedical innovation and what can be done to improve patient access; the recent proposals put forward by the administration to low drug costs and change the rebate system; the importance of a patent system that preserves the ability for biomedical innovators to enforce their patents; and how industry innovators can be part of the solution to get lifesaving therapies in the hands of patients at affordable rates.

During CLSA’s 2019 Life Sciences Leadership Advocacy Day, CLSA members met with several newly-elected California Members of Congress, as well as veteran legislators on key committees of jurisdiction for the life sciences sector. This important day brought together Members of Congress with biomedical entrepreneurs and sector leaders to learn about the importance of life sciences job creation, investment and innovation happening in the Golden State.

CLSA President & CEO Mike Guerra commented on the fly-in, noting: “As the 116th Congress begins their important work, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) looks forward to continuing our work with the entire California Congressional Delegation to advance policies that improve health and bring positive change for California patients and their families. On behalf of our membership and California’s statewide life sciences community – a sector that employs over 311,000 Californians – we were proud to host the 2019 Life Sciences Leadership Advocacy Day. This important day brought together Members of Congress with biomedical entrepreneurs and sector leaders to learn about the importance of life sciences job creation, investment and innovation happening in the Golden State.”

Learn more about the fly-in. The timely and valuable conversations during the February fly-in will serve as a great guide post for discussions during the annual CLSA Hill Day in May. To learn more about CLSA’s advocacy offerings and opportunities to participate in future events like Hill Advocacy Day, please contact Jenny Nieto (Carey), CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (jnieto@califesciences.org).