Services and Offerings

Entrepreneur Services

CLSA and CLSI entrepreneur services and offerings connect life science startups to the resources needed to help them grow into the next generation of life sciences giants.  Our programs create a platform for accessing the wealth of experience of Californian’s vibrant life sciences cluster, bringing our community together to connect, learn and network. We connect startups with potential business partners, investors, disease foundations, patient advocacy organizations, peers and other industry leaders.

CLSA Inspire Quickfire Challenges

As a key deliverable of our Racial & Social Equity Initiative, the members of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) will partner with J&J Innovation and various sponsors to deliver and fund a series of two QuickFire Challenge (“QFCs”) focused on the innovation ecosystem in California, which will award grant funding, access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem, and mentorship from the CLSA Board for up to six (6) California-based Black, Hispanic, and Native American entrepreneurs; three (3) that represent under-represented innovators and three (3) with solutions for under-served patient populations.

Together with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, AbbVie and 5AM Ventures, we are proud to launch the CLSA Inspire QuickFire Challenge for Diverse Innovators, the first challenge in the CLSA Inspire series. This challenge offers an opportunity for California-based innovators who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander to receive grant funding and business advising through CLSI’s FAST Advisory Program to advance their science.

The innovator(s) with the best idea, technology, or solution that aims to improve human healthcare will receive up to $150,000 in grant funding and mentorship. The awardees will also be invited to participate in the FAST Advisory Program, receiving commercialization advising from a tailored group of industry veterans.

Applications are due by July 30, 2021. To learn more about the QuickFire Challenge or to apply, visit

Awareness | Call for Partners

We know that no single organization can solve for the deeply rooted inequities, but believe we all must listen, engage, and ultimately, take action to deliver immediate and sustained change.

CLSA is seeking partnerships with thought leaders in this area, to join us in identifying and recognizing innovators with diverse backgrounds that are contributing to advancing the life science community in California and, ultimately, impacting patients for the better.

CLSA is seeking funding from partners to contribute to the award and marketing of this QFC series.  Contributors can be recognized as a leader in shaping the QFC program, reviewing and selecting applications, and in the final presentation of the awards taking place at CLSA’s annual Pantheon celebration.

QuickFire Challenge | Crowd-Sourced Innovation

The Johnson & Johnson Innovation QuickFire Challenge is a global mechanism to build market awareness around a certain topic, crowdsource innovators to submit ideas, develop a landscape of possible solutions and pick high potential ideas to support with funding, mentorship and resources.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation leverages their fully integrated marketing engine, online application portal, templates, toolkits, network, and data collection tools to amplify the goals of each Challenge, attract the best innovations and ideas, manage a streamlined review process and facilitate the amplification of the QFC partners and awardees. You can learn more about QuickFire Challenges here.


April 14, 2021 Launch in coordination with Celebrate Diversity Month
July 30, 2021 Deadline for application
October 20, 2021 Finalists & Awardees Selected
November 4, 2021 Recognize 2021 Awardees at CLSA’s Pantheon Celebration


CLSA Fellow Membership
Designed to nurture and grow new and incubator companies in California, CLSA Fellow membership allows qualifying life science startups to access the complete CLSA portfolio of benefits at a significantly reduced rate. Fellow membership allows early-stage companies to connect to and become a part of the most vibrant and experienced life science community in California and to access the collective purchasing power of the world’s largest life sciences cluster. In addition to enjoying significant savings through group purchasing and event discounts, Fellows may also apply to the Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Accelerator to receive intensive team advising on their development and commercialization strategies.

Fellows All-Star Team (FAST) Accelerator
The FAST Advisory Program provides selected CLSA Fellows with intensive team review and coaching to perfect their business model and product development plans, and to build a compelling commercialization strategy. Experienced entrepreneurs, product and business experts (which may include clinical development, regulatory, reimbursement and business development specialists) advise the selected Fellows during a ten-to-twelve week program, culminating in a final FAST Showcase presentation to a broad audience that includes potential investors and partners.

CARB-X Accelerator
As a member of the world’s largest international public-private partnership devoted to combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the CLSI CARB-X Accelerator helps young companies in the AMR space access non-dilutive funding, entrepreneurial support and subject-matter expertise to drive innovative products into the clinic.

CLSA Partnering Days
CLSA’s Partnering Day program provides global life sciences companies and high quality, emerging firms the opportunity to participate in targeted one-on-one meetings, providing access to novel technologies for co-development. Partnering days have featured organizations including Shire, Bayer China, BMS, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Alexion and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CLSA is instrumental in attracting these organizations to participate in the Partnering Day program and in coordinating these events for members.

Fellows/Small Company Advocacy Task Force
CLSA’s Fellows/Small Company Advocacy Task Force is a platform for interested small companies to get involved in advocacy issues of importance to the life sciences industry. The Task Force helps smaller companies within CLSA’s membership stay appraised of legislation on the federal, state, and local levels; and discusses and develops positions regarding issues of particular importance to start-ups and pre-formation companies. The Task Force also is involved in CLSA policy and advocacy events, such as the annual Public Officials Receptions, and roundtables with elected officials. To learn more or join the Fellows/Small Company Advocacy Task Force, please contact Reese Isbell directly.

CLSI Expert Network
The CLSI Expert Network enables life science startups to connect with industry professionals for answers to questions about establishing and growing successful life science companies.

Lab Space/Incubators
Find information about some of the best providers of incubator and other laboratory space in the region, helping young companies find affordable space for growth.