Bulletin, President's Corner

President’s Corner – CLSA Announces Southern California Life Sciences Growth Program with OCTANe, Legislative Briefing in Sacramento, PAC Newsletter Debut, South San Francisco Office Move, CLSI Hosts Mission Bay CARB-X Event, and Upcoming Events


By: Sara Radcliffe
CLSA President & CEO

April 25, 2018 


Announcing the CLSA | OCTANe Emerging Life Sciences Growth Acceleration Program

In support of Southern California life sciences development and innovation, CLSA and OCTANe, Orange County’s life sciences and technology accelerator, have launched our joint Life Sciences Growth Acceleration Program. Both organizations have merged their strengths to create this unique dual membership program that addresses the specific growth challenges of emerging life sciences companies: the need to attract key talent, make connections with funding and industry experts, and conserve capital while working to bring innovative products and treatments to market. Through the Growth Acceleration Program, our broad coalition of like-minded organizations will build more companies, foster innovation, expand treatment options, and save more lives in California and around the globe. Learn more here.


CLSA Hosts Sacramento Legislative Briefing on California’s Bioeconomy

On April 18, I had the pleasure of moderating a legislative briefing on the status of California’s bioeconomy in Sacramento. CLSA co-hosted the legislative briefing to help lawmakers, staff and others better understand the development of California’s bioeconomy and identify potential avenues for advancing California’s economic leadership while contributing to the state’s climate and resource protection and enhancement goals. Learn more.


Inaugural CLSA PAC Newsletter Launched

I’m pleased to announce the debut of CLSA’s Political Action Committee (CLSA PAC) Newsletter. This new quarterly publication will provide you with the latest information about elections, CLSA PAC events and other political developments in the state of California. The CLSA PAC works to educate, inform and elect candidates to state office who will support and promote California’s innovative biomedical industry. Click here to read the inaugural edition of the CLSA PAC Newsletter.


CLSA Moves to New Office in South San Francisco

The CLSA and CLSI teams are happy to be moved in to our brand-new Events Center and state-of-the-art office space in South San Francisco at 701 Gateway near Oyster Point. I’d like to express our thanks to the terrific team at Alexandria Real Estate Equities for making our planning, execution and transition such a positive experience. We look forward to providing additional services and events in our new space for our members and the greater Bay Area life sciences community. Contact us here for more information.


California Life Sciences Institute Hosts Mission Bay CARB-X Event

The California Life Sciences Institute hosted a CARB-X Information Session with Kevin Outterson, Executive Director of CARB-X, on March 29 in Mission Bay, San Francisco. In addition to providing information about the CARB-X application process and what is in scope for the 2018 funding rounds, the event highlighted the range of support available to CARB-X companies. Our own Heather Shane, Executive Director of the CARB-X accelerator at CLSI, provided real examples of how the CLSI network has helped CARB-X portfolio companies and pre-X companies (future CARB-X prospects) overcome obstacles, connect to resources and gain valued advisory support. For more information, contact CLSI CARB-X Executive Director Heather Shane.


Upcoming Events

Reserve Your Spot in the California Pavilion at BIO 2018 | June 4-7 | Boston, MA

Don’t miss the May 1st Deadline – Reserve your spot today! Take advantage of the California Pavilion’s advantageous placement and affordable rates to maximize your visibility among companies doing business with and interested in California life sciences. Rates and information here.

Join CLSA’s 2018 Giants of Science Grant Program

The California Life Sciences Association, the California Life Sciences Institute and KNBR are bringing back the competition that supports Bay Area STEM education and the next generation of life sciences leaders. The Giants of Science grant competition runs from March through September, awarding multiple $20,000 science grants to high schools in the Bay Area. Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or a judge? Do you know of a high school that should apply? Contact us here for more information.

CLSI Innovation Series with JP Morgan | South San Francisco | May 10

Is your organization experiencing explosive growth? Do you need expert advice to position critical talent and craft a long-term compensation or equity plan? Join CLSI and JP Morgan for this in-depth seminar to address the key challenges successful entrepreneurs and management teams face. Learn more and register here.


Sara Radcliffe

President & Chief Executive Officer
California Life Sciences Association

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