CLSA programs create a platform for accessing the wealth of experience of one of the most vibrant clusters in the world, bringing the life science community together to advocate, connect and innovate. Scaling from casual pub nights to CEO receptions to CALBIO, the largest statewide life sciences industry conference, CLSA hosts programs that connect members with other companies facing similar challenges and opportunities within the industry. Experiences shared provide for learning, growth and advancement at an individual and regional level. CLSA connects members with potential business partners, investors, entrepreneurs, delegations from foreign countries, disease foundations, patient advocacy organizations, and other industry leaders.

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Primary Programs and Events

CLSA Reception at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

The CLSA Reception at JP Morgan is a unique opportunity to connect with life sciences industry executives from public and private companies, and CLSA Board of Directors and

Back to Session Reception

The Back to Session Reception in Sacramento brings together over 250 state policymakers, legislative staff, life sciences industry executives, and academic leaders to honor leading legislators as “Life Sciences Champions.” Don’t miss your chance to sponsor an evening of dialogue and peer-to-peer networking among the stakeholders of the life sciences ecosystem.

Annual Spring Reception on Capitol Hill & Visionary Awards Dinner

The Annual Spring Reception is a perfect opportunity for hundreds of attendees to connect with public policymakers and California’s life sciences leaders about the issues that matter most to our sector. At the invitation-only dinner following the reception, we recognize federal legislators who are champions for the advancement of life sciences innovation.

Evening with Thought Leaders

Twice a year, this program gives CLSA members the opportunity to stay ahead of trends in the life sciences industry and get fresh insights from key opinion leaders on policy, economics, business, and society. Past speakers include Genomics Pioneer and Co Founder of Human Longevity, Dr. Craig Venter; Former Secretary of State and Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, George P. Schultz; the Dean of Scripps School of Medicine and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol; and the Distinguished Professor from the UC San Diego Stem Cell program, Dr. Larry Goldstein.

Annual End of Year Reception

Leveraging our convening power, the End of Year Reception celebrates the end of the legislative session in Washington, DC, by bringing together public policymakers and leaders from across the California biomedical and life sciences ecosystem for an evening of cocktails and conversation. This event offers a unique opportunity for members of Congress, legislative staff, key government officials, life sciences industry executives, academic leaders, the patient community, and other sector stakeholders to celebrate our successes and reflect on our challenges as we look to the year ahead.

Life Sciences Academy

The Life Sciences Academy is dedicated to educating key legislators and opinion leaders about our industry and how it operates, increasing their awareness of the life sciences industry’s most urgent issues in serving patients. During this event, legislative life sciences champions, new legislators, and CLSA members will engage in candid give-and-take panel discussions. These sessions offer unique opportunities to meet and educate many members of the California State Senate and Assembly plus key leadership staff.


Each year CLSA brings together California’s life science industry leaders to recognize achievement and honor excellence in the life science industry in California. The Pantheon Awards Ceremony is a celebration of the contributions and achievements of the California, a moment in time to pause and reflect on the industry’s legacy over three decades.


California. The birthplace of the biotechnology industry and home to the largest and most productive concentration of life science companies in the world. Over the years, our focus has remained constant – discover the next great thing and turn it into reality. While capital sources, scientific insights and models inevitably evolve and cycle, with the world’s experts in life sciences, California innovates, adapts and continuously redefines the business models, technologies, targets, and development and commercial strategies that drive success. Today, these innovations and the skills needed to move them forward are changing faster than ever and California is setting the pace. CALBIO offers highly unique, one of a kind programming so join us, the experts, and learn how we are doing ‘IT’ today, not tomorrow.

Lunch and Learns

The meetings of the CLSA Lunch and Learn Series focus on emerging trends and best industry practices. In order to help companies and individuals learn from each others’ experiences, the series covers issues related to therapeutic, medical device, diagnostic and other industry segments.

CLSA Policy Briefings and Backgrounders

CLSA hosts educational briefings to educate state and federal policymakers and staff on the policy issues that are so critical for collectively driving our nation’s biomedical innovation sector. In the past, briefings have highlighted a number of topics, ranging from general policy issues (e.g., research funding at NIH and other federal science agencies; FDA regulatory processes; CMS payment and access policies; and tax, trade, and intellectual property policies) to more specific topics (e.g., advancements in blood cancer research and therapy development, and economic incentives to spur the development of new therapies for rare diseases). These briefings also provide an unique opportunity to demonstrate to audiences how CLSA and our members can be important partners in shaping the state and federal policy priorities so critical for sustaining and bolstering biomedical research, investment, and innovation.

Sacramento Speaker Series

In the spirit of maintaining open communication between all stakeholders in the life sciences ecosystem, CLSA is proud to produce the Sacramento Speaker Series. These monthly public policy roundtables feature a diverse group of key thought leaders and decision makers, including state legislators, public officials, policy experts, and political consultants. Lunch is provided during an hour of robust discussion on a broad range of topics relevant to state politics and governance.

Executive Series

Designed for C-level executives of life science companies, the CLSA Executive Series provides networking opportunities with industry peers, and an opportunity to learn from guest speakers as well as from each other. Produced as morning and evening functions, these events are by invitation only.

Partnering Day Program

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 active pharmaceutical R&D 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.

CLSA Fellows

Designed to help nurture and grow the next generation of life science giants in the Northern California region, the CLSA Fellows program offers qualifying early-stage companies heavily discounted membership, full entrée into the complete CLSA portfolio of benefits, and discounted access to best practice seminars, conferences and other networking events. Visit the CLSA Fellows page for more details.

Expert Network

The California Life Sciences Institute Expert Network exists to nurture the next generation of innovative life science companies. Network Experts are available to help entrepreneurs define issues, set objectives and identify critical resources.  The California Life Sciences Institute Expert Network is staffed by highly experienced experts in critical areas such as business planning, capital formation and partnering, commercial and marketing strategy, operations and much more. Experts in the network are available to provide up to 10 hours per year of pro bono advice. Visit the CLSI Expert Network page for more details.