Bulletin, President's Corner

President’s Corner – CLSA Launches 2019 Industry Report, Brings Bio in the Capital to Sacramento, Convenes Meet & Greet for Mike Levin in DC, Hosts Record Crowd in San Diego, Supports Biotech Entrepreneurs at UCLA, Upgrades Power Purchasing Program; CLSI Partners with Canadian Technology Accelerator; Upcoming Events


By: Sara Radcliffe
CLSA President & CEO

November 28, 2018 



California Life Sciences Association Launches 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report
On Nov. 14, CLSA released the 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report, which shows that California’s life sciences sector directly employed 311,226 people, generated $178 billion in revenue, is projected to attract $7.6 billion in venture capital (VC) and received $3.9 billion in funding from the NIH. Produced with PwC US, the 2019 snapshot highlights the strength of California’s biomedical industry – the largest cluster in the world – as evidenced by significant increases in employment, earnings, graduating science and engineering PhDs, VC investment and potential drugs in the pipeline.  Download your copy here.


CLSA Brings Successful Bio in the Capital Mixer to Sacramento
CLSA’s Sacramento team was pleased to welcome nearly 100 guests to our inaugural BIO in the Capital at Urban Roots Brewery along with sponsors ALT, VWR,  Greater Sacramento Economic Council, and Corning Inc.  Life sciences executives mingled with policy and government relations professionals at our high-energy networking event.


CLSA Convenes Washington DC Meet & Greet with Representative-Elect Mike Levin
On Nov. 16, CLSA was honored to convene a Meet & Greet with Representative-elect Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano/San Diego) at our Washington, DC office. As you may know, attorney Mike Levin was elected Nov. 6 to serve as the new U.S. Representative for California’s 49th Congressional District.  He will replace retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista/San Diego) in the 116th Congress.  Read more here.


CLSA and VWR Host Largest Bio in the Brewery Ever in San Diego
More than 200 life sciences professionals turned out for CLSA’s Fall BIO in the Brewery on Oct. 25 at New English Brewing in Sorrento Valley.


CLSA & Lab Launch Host Biotech Connection Meeting at UCLA
One of CLSA’s key priorities is the support of life sciences innovation throughout the state.  On November 14, CLSA and strategic partner Lab Launch hosted the Biotech Connection meeting at UCLA for biotech entrepreneurs and post-doc graduate students to learn how to formulate an effective marketing pitch and funding strategy.


CLSA Adds and BioSpace to Power Purchasing Member Benefits
We are excited to announce we have added two new member benefits to our Power Purchasing program: connects buyers and sellers of research services to deliver faster science through an innovative approach to R&D. Find the best resources to support studies surrounding human biological samples, biomarkers, immunotherapy, protein engineering, molecular pharmacology, in vitro/ in vivo assays and over 3,000 additional areas.

BioSpace is the official recruitment marketing and branding partner of BIO Business Solutions® and the California Life Sciences Association, providing essential insights, opportunities and tools to connect the innovative organizations and talent professionals who advance health and quality of life across the globe.


California Life Sciences Institute Partners with Canadian Technology Accelerator to Deliver New Program
The California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) has partnered with the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) San Francisco – Life Sciences to deliver a 16-week winter program that provides eight Canadian early-stage companies with customized mentorship and in-market programming to advance their commercialization strategies.  The San Francisco In Market Program kicked off on November 7-8 and will conclude with a Closing Program and Showcase in February 2019. For more information, contact

Upcoming Events

CLSA Members Receive $400 Discount on 2019 BIO Registration | Deadline January 18, 2019
Don’t miss your opportunity to lock in a significant discount on two premier registration packages for the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, June 3-6: Convention Access and Convention Access & Partnering.  Registration not necessary!  Simply click here to complete the form and receive your discount code.

 Johnson & Johnson Innovation Quick Pitch | Deadline to Apply: Dec. 7, 2018
To unearth the unseen and brightest innovations in healthcare, CLSA’s Sustaining Member Johnson & Johnson Innovation is launching a Quick Pitch event where innovators can apply to present to Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s leadership during the week of the 37th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, CA.  Need more details? You can find them here.



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.