Bulletin, President's Corner

President’s Corner – CLSA Marks 3rd Anniversary of BayBio & CHI Merger, Celebrations Draw Record Crowds, House Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax, CLSA Hosts Congressional Candidate Meet & Greets, CLSA Events & Office Space Now Available, CLSA & CLSI Volunteer to Support STEM in the Bay Area, Upcoming Events


By: Sara Radcliffe
CLSA President & CEO

July 26, 2018


CLSA’s 3rd Anniversary of BayBio & CHI Merger: Celebrations Draw Record Crowds

2018 marks the 3rd Anniversary since BayBio and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI) joined forces to become California’s premier life sciences trade association. To celebrate this great milestone, we held events in San Diego (July 11 at JLABS) and South San Francisco (July 17 at New CLSA SSF Office), to bring our members and California’s broader biomedical community together.  We are so pleased that nearly 900 of you (a record!) joined us for two great evenings of networking, live music, excellent food, beer and wine, raffles and more. Thank you for your continued support of CLSA. Because of you, we are able to continue our 40-year legacy and ongoing mission of working closely with industry, government, academia and others to shape public policy, improve access to innovative technologies and grow California’s life sciences economy. Check out photos and read this month’s Spotlight to learn more.


CLSA Commends House Vote to Permanently Repeal Medical Device Tax

This week, the U.S. House passed H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act, a bill that permanently cancels the ill-conceived 2.3% medical device tax, so that it cannot further hinder innovation and investment in medical technology research and development. For many years, our trade association has consistently led the charge in educating the California Congressional delegation on the perils of this tax on innovation. CLSA and our broad membership of biomedical innovators welcome this news. We will continue to work diligently with our delegation until this tax is fully repealed, and no longer a drag on medtech investment, innovation and job creation. The bill now awaits action in the U.S. Senate. Click here to view our statement on the House vote. Click here to view an op-ed in STAT from David Beier, CLSA Board Member and Managing Director of Bay City Capital, on the need to repeal the device tax.


CLSA Hosts Congressional Candidate Meet & Greets In DC

As you may know, CLSA initiates and supports programming to bring together our membership with Members of our state’s congressional delegation.  CLSA recently has hosted three Meet & Greets for candidates running in two open seat contests, including Mike Levin (D-San Juan Capistrano/San Diego) and Board of Equalization Chairwoman Diane Harkey (R-Dana Point/San Diego), candidates for California’s 49th Congressional District, and Young Kim (R-Fullerton), candidate for California’s 39th Congressional District. These meet & greets provide an excellent opportunity for CLSA members to get to know the candidates better and introduce them to the federal policy issues of importance to our state’s life sciences sector.  Learn more here.


CLSA Offers Beautiful New Events & Office Space in South San Francisco

Need a space to hold your next meeting or event?  Searching for short-term office space that won’t break your budget?  As your trade association, CLSA is here to help!! The CLSA Events Center is close to the SFO airport, and ideal for board meetings, conferences and professional development courses. Our executive offices are perfect for individuals with periodic travel to South San Francisco who would like a work-base when in town.  Contact us for more information.


CLSA & CLSI Volunteer to Support STEM in the Bay Area

CLSA and CLSI staff from South San Francisco and Sacramento Offices spent a morning in July volunteering at the Bio-Link Depot, an Oakland non-profit that serves as a clearinghouse for biotech industry equipment and supply donations. The Depot has connected teachers throughout Northern California with free materials for their classrooms, while diverting landfill, offering industry tax deductions, and helping industry discard of unneeded equipment and expired supplies.  Last year, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported organization distributed close to $1M of equipment and supplies to over 100 schools. Our staff joined volunteers from Bay Area life sciences organizations to sort recently-donated materials to support STEM education in our region. To learn more about donating supplies or dollars to the Bio-Link Depot, visit


Upcoming Events

Final Chance to Win $20,000 for Your Science Program – Bay Area High Schools Apply Before July 31!

Do you know a Bay Area high school that could benefit from a $20,000 science grant? CLSA, CLSI, and Bay Area radio station KNBR are excited to host the second annual Giants of Science competition in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants’ baseball season to award$20,000 science program grants to selected Bay Area high schools who submit an application and video explaining why they need the grant and what the school would do with it. Applications are open until July 31st – see the application and more information here.



Sara Radcliffe

President & Chief Executive Officer
California Life Sciences Association

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