About California Life Sciences (CLS)

California Life Sciences (CLS) is the state’s most influential and impactful life sciences membership organization, advocating for the sector and its diverse innovation pipeline. For more than 30 years, CLS has served the community by supporting companies of all sizes, from early-stage innovators and startups to established industry leaders in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology. As integral components of a healthy and collaborative ecosystem, CLS also works closely with universities, academic and research institutions, the investment community, and other critical partners that promote this vibrant sector. With offices in South San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, CLS works to shape public policy, improve access to breakthrough technologies, educate lawmakers, and advance equity within our ecosystem by championing innovative solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of our times. In doing so, CLS fulfills its mission to protect and nurture California’s life sciences industry, empowering discoveries that lead to healthier lives around the world. #WeAreCaliforniaLifeSciences


Our purpose:

Empower our life sciences community to deliver innovative solutions for healthier lives.

The largest concentration of life sciences organizations in the world

California is home to the largest concentration of life sciences organizations in the world and continues to lead in life sciences patents, new start-ups, venture capital, and NIH grant recipients.

1.4 million people employed due to life sciences innovation within California

The state directly employs 481,888 people, with average annual earnings of $117,333, and indirectly employs another 930,000. This results in more than 1.4 million people employed due to life sciences innovation within California.

Driving the incredible pace of innovation

We drive the incredible pace of innovation, more than any other U.S. state by at least 25%, with investments in STEM education, entrepreneurship and workforce development initiatives, diversity and leadership and a business climate that is leading the life sciences ecosystem!

Home of firsts for the life sciences industry

The first biotech public offering, the first companion diagnostic company, the first one-pill and once-a-day product to treat HIV/AIDS, pioneering gene editing techniques, just to name a few.

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