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Showcasing the Bay Area’s Entrepreneurial Strength in the Life Sciences

The California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) is working with Bay Area partners to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the Bay Area’s life science startup community, an endeavor that has been undertaken successfully in other major life science clusters across the country. While a number of organizations that support these startups keep some data, our region does not yet have a complete depiction of our unified entrepreneurial strength.  With BIO2016 taking place next June in San Francisco, this is an opportune time to showcase to the rest of the country and world our vibrant entrepreneurial prowess.

CLSI and partners are broadly distributing a short survey over the months of September and October to life sciences startups throughout the region to collect data focusing on public and private dollars raised, patents filed and attained, employee numbers, etc.  All data will be reported in aggregate, protecting the confidentiality of individual companies.

To highlight the findings, the partners will be hosting a high-level networking reception with investors and pharma executives during the first half of 2016, to which startups who complete the survey will be invited.  The findings will also be showcased at a program and startup reception at the CA Pavilion at BIO2016. Please direct questions to Lori Lindburg, CLSI Executive Director, at or to Steve Karp, FAST Sr. Program Advisor, @