Bulletin, President's Corner

President’s Corner – CLSA Hosts Inaugural Southern California Digital Health Symposium, Announces Launch of 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report on 11/14, Federal Legislative Outlook, CLSI Presents Workforce Trends Data at Briefing with Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, CLSI Hosts Executive Mentoring for Women Panel with CSweetener, and Upcoming Events


By: Sara Radcliffe
CLSA President & CEO

October 31, 2018 


California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) Hosts Southern California Digital Health Symposium with OCTANe, Accenture, Becton Dickinson and Covington & Burling
On Oct. 12, I had the pleasure of chairing CLSA’s first annual Southern California Digital Health Symposium at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Hosted in conjunction with the BioNetwork Partnering Conference, our Symposium brought more than 80 senior executives together to hear presentations from Steve Weinswig of Accenture on design thinking in digital health, a panel discussion between Bill Carpou at OCTANe, Nick Moran of Axis Research & Technologies and Robert Brown of Meridiun about upcoming trends, and a fireside chat between Jason Scharf of Becton Dickenson and Wade Ackerman, CLSA board member and partner at Covington & Burling, regarding FDA approval policy and future actions related to digital health. CLSA is currently planning the focus of our 2019 Digital Health Initiative; if you would like more information, please contact us.


CLSA To Launch 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report, Nov. 14
On Nov. 14, CLSA and PwC will unveil the 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report. The new report will provide a snapshot of California’s life sciences community, and how the world’s largest life sciences cluster remains a global hub for innovation, creating high-wage jobs, bringing new therapies and technologies to patients, and attracting significant investment from venture capitalists, the NIH and more. For over 20 years, this annual report has been used by lawmakers, legislative staff, business leaders, educators, media outlets, developers and others to make key decisions and learn more about the life sciences sector in California.

Join us on Nov. 14 at 11 am PT for a launch webinar to get a firsthand look at the new report at the data driving our world-leading ecosystem.


CLSA Offers Federal Legislative Outlook for the Rest of 2018
While the outcome of the elections next week will determine whether the Democrats win a majority in either the House or the Senate, or if the Republicans maintain control of one or both chambers in the 116th Congress, both the House and Senate will return to Washington, D.C. in late November and early December (approximately 16-20 legislative days) to finish legislative work prior to the end of the year and the 115th Congress.

Several legislative priorities of importance to the life sciences sector are likely to be addressed during this time frame: funding the federal government in fiscal year 2019, renewing our nation’s biodefense and pandemic preparedness enterprise, and (hopefully) repealing the medical device excise tax. Click here to learn more.


CLSI Presents Workforce Trends Data at Briefing with Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
On October 18, Lori Lindburg, President & CEO of California Life Sciences Institute, presented key findings from the 2018 California Workforce Trends Report at a legislative briefing at Amgen in South San Francisco.  Coordinated by the California Biotechnology Foundation, and kicked off by Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin, the “Biotech 101” panel briefed CA legislative staff on the important role of California’s life sciences industry.


CLSI and CSweetener Host Panel on Executive Mentoring for Women
In other Institute news, CLSI hosted a panel and networking reception on Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring, part of CLSI’s Women Leading Life Sciences Initiative. The panel was cohosted by CSweetener, which connects female leaders on the path to – and already in – the healthcare C-Suite with male and female industry leaders and innovators.


Upcoming Events

Women’s Leadership EDGE: Networking for Success | Nov. 5 | South San Francisco, CA
In this session, women executives begin to think about how to close the gaps between where they are today and where they want to go. This session will teach participants how to build the right network to close those gaps and accelerate their career.  Learn more or register here.

Bio in the Capital – Sacramento Networking Happy Hour | Nov. 7 | Sacramento, CA
Join the CLSA Team at Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse to mix and mingle with the best of Sacramento’s life sciences community at our first Bio in the Capital networking happy hour.  Learn more or register here.


AdvaMedDx West Coast Summit | Nov. 7 | San Diego, CA
Join us for this one-day event that features leaders from the diagnostic industry, the investor community, Congress, government, and others. Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) will address the Summit and provide his insights into the Congressional outlook for 2019. Rep. Peters serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has been a key ally in efforts to repeal the medical device tax, to improve reimbursements for diagnostics tests, and to protect global market access to life saving medical technologies. CLSA members receive 25% discount – email to find out how. Learn more or register here.

Don’t Miss CLSA’s 15th Annual Pantheon DiNA™ Awards
Don’t miss your opportunity to honor the companies and individuals selected to receive CLSA’s 15th Annual Pantheon DiNA™ Awards on Nov. 30 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. This collection of California’s hardest-working innovators and entrepreneurs are producing advanced medicines, diagnostics and technologies to improve medical care:

  • Outstanding Product, Therapeutic: AimovigTM by Amgen
  • Deal of the Year: Nektar and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
  • Digital Health Innovation: Rock Health
  • Rising Star: Cortexyme
  • Biotechnology Educator: Bio-Link Depot
  • Life Sciences Leadership: George Scangos, Ph.D., Chairman and Director, Vir Biotechnology
  • Life Sciences Leadership: Stelios Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Chairman, Biogen, Exelixis and Regulus Therapeutics

Plan to attend CLSA’s Pantheon Awards and learn the story behind each of our amazing honorees. Register here. View the press release.



Sara Radcliffe

President & Chief Executive Officer
California Life Sciences Association

PS – Do you have newsworthy items to submit for consideration for our monthly CLSA Bulletin? Feel free to send those tips to Elizabeth Gibson (, CLSA’s Senior Director of Operations.