CLSA Hosts CDC Director for Discussion on Pandemic Preparedness with Academic and Industry Experts

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2016
Media Contact
Will Zasadny, Associate Director, Communications
Tel: 619-961-8848

San Diego, Calif. (BUSINESSWIRE) – On Thursday, July 28, the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) will host its “Afternoon with Thought Leaders” program in La Jolla, Calif., and convene an important discussion on Pandemic Preparedness: The Public-Private Research and Response Infrastructure.

In addition to a live stream keynote from Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four leading health experts will join CLSA to discuss how effective and timely responses to emergent public health crises and pandemic threats – Ebola, H1N1, SARS, Zika, etc. – require a united approach by public health agencies, non-profits, healthcare companies and other important stakeholders.  This CLSA event will examine these critical partnerships, how our nation’s pandemic preparedness and response infrastructure functions, and how it can be improved.

Members of the media are invited to attend free of charge and learn more about how we can better unite government and industry to prepare for these dangers.


“An Afternoon with Thought Leaders” program on Pandemic Preparedness.


Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be the keynote speaker for the event. Penny Heaton, M.D., Director of Vaccine Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will serve as the moderator.

Panelists include:

  • David Ecker, Ph.D., Divisional Vice President,Carlsbad Site General Manager, Abbott
  • Rekha Murthy, M.D., Vice President, Medical Affairs, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Quita Highsmith, Franchise Head, Tamiflu, Genentech
  • Bill Lee, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research, Gilead Sciences


12:30 – 3 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 28, 2016. More Info.
Members of the media are invited to attend free of charge, but must RSVP to

Briefings with Sara Radcliffe, President & CEO, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), are available upon request on-site or in advance via phone.


The Lodge at Torrey Pines
11480 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037


Will Zasadny, Associate Director, Communications, CLSA


California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) is the leading voice for California’s life sciences sector. We work closely with industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to shape public policy, drive business solutions and grow California’s life sciences innovation ecosystem. CLSA serves over 750 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, research universities and institutes, investors, and service providers. CLSA was founded in 2015 when the Bay Area Bioscience Association (BayBio) and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) merged to create the state’s most influential life sciences advocacy and business leadership organization. Visit CLSA at, and follow us on Twitter @CALifeSciences, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Media Contact

Will Zasadny, Associate Director, Communications
Tel: 619-961-8848