CLSA and its affiliate the California Life Sciences Institute are committed to ensuring that life sciences entrepreneurs connect to the capital and resources needed to sustain critical innovation in the industry. By connecting the strength and wisdom of California’s nearly 3040 life science companies, we are able to provide entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge to help grow and nurture the next generation of life sciences giants.

California Life Sciences Institute
California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) supports the foundations of innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. CLSI is an affiliate of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), California’s largest life sciences industry association representing over 750 organizations. The California Life Sciences Institute is a non-profit 501c(3) and was established in 1990 as the BayBio Institute.

Institute Mission

CLSI’s mission is to maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development.


CLSI entrepreneurship programs connect startups with the resources and expertise needed to sustain critical innovation in the industry.  CLSI provides unique offerings to CLSA’s Fellow startup members, including educational workshops, research database access, and peer and executive networking. Fellow entrepreneurs can also access expertise from business advisors through CLSI’s Expert Network, and more intensive coaching through the Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Advisory Program.

CLSI brings industry and institutions of learning together to improve STEM education in Northern California and to make students aware of and prepared for career opportunities in the life sciences industry. CLSI’s Bio-Community program connects industry professionals with K through post-graduate students through a variety of innovative initiatives, providing inspiring connections that can help shape and inspire career pathways. CLSI’s annual Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge recognizes outstanding high school science students in the region, advancing winners to compete in the National and International BioGENEius Challenges at the BIO International Convention.

CLSI ensures that the workforce pipeline for the industry remains strong by conducting workforce analyses for the state of California that highlight the industry’s most pressing hiring and talent needs. In addition, life sciences employees and job seekers can continue to build their skills through CLSI’s  professional development workshops. In 2016, CLSI launched a Career Center to help life sciences employers find critical talent, while connecting job seekers to career opportunities.

CLSI carries its local work to the national arena through the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), a 42-state coalition of bioscience organizations that delivers industry-led education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a national coordinated effort.  CLSI’s executive director is a co-founder and chair emeritus of the CSBI.

To learn more about the California Life Sciences Institute, click here.


Are you an early-stage life science company with 12 or fewer employees? CLSA also offers a Fellows Program for Early-Stage Life Sciences Entrepreneurs.

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