California Life Sciences Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) established in 1990 as the Bay Area Bioscience Center (dba “BayBio Institute) by the founders of biotechnology, a consortium of public officials, and educators who saw a need to maintain and promote the intellectual and educational climate of the region. In 2006, the organization divided its activities into two separate but coordinated entities: the BayBio Institute and the BayBio Association, a 501(c)(6) trade association. The Institute continued its critical focus on supporting California’s innovation pipeline through programs in education, workforce development and entrepreneurship. In 2015, the BayBio Institute became the California Life Sciences Institute, and BayBio merged with the California Healthcare Institute to become the California Life Sciences Association.

In 2021, the Institute and CLSA brought their activities together under the umbrella of California Life Sciences, a strong, united effort to serve the full California life sciences ecosystem by driving solutions on issues of importance for the communities, businesses and customers we serve. California Life Sciences remains committed to serving as a resource for educators, entrepreneurs, diverse professionals and those who can serve as collaboration partners across the entire biopharma lifecycle.

Programs supported by the California Life Sciences Institute:

Bay Area BioGENEius Program
FAST
FAST International
Innovation Access
Life Science Connections
NexGeneGirls
Professional Development
Train-Up / Manage-Up Inclusive Mentoring
Science Empowerment Initiative
California and National Workforce Trends Reports

Mission

To maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development.

Board of Directors

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Colleen Cutcliffe, PhD, Chair
 CEO and Co-Founder of Pendulum Therapeutics

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Lesley Calhoun, Treasurer
EVP, Chief Financial Officer at Aligos Therapeutics

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Frederick Dorey, Secretary
Special Counsel in Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP

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Monica Beam, PhD
Senior Vice President – Science & Technology at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

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Mara Brazer
CEO, Brazer Communications

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Lisa Carmel
Vice President Strategy at Ximedica

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Saptarsi Haldar, MD
 Vice President Research, Cardiometabolic Disorders Amgen

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Vera Imper
Vice President and Head, Business Development Roche Molecular Solutions

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Gail Maderis
 President & CEO of Antiva Biosciences

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Liza Mendoza, PhD
 Senior Director of External Innovation & Alliances, Bayers Open Innovation Center

Todd-Peterson

Todd Peterson, PhD
Founder and Principal, GenApex Bio

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Samuel Wu, MD, PhD
 Managing Director Acuris Partners

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Alberto Zacarias
Site Head of AbbVie Redwood City (ABR)

Chair Emeritus

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Christopher Haskell, PhD
VP, Head West Coast Innovation Center Bayer U.S. LLC

President

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Lori Lindburg