We collaborate with industry thought leaders, service and community partners and solutions providers to offer content, resources and pathways to help California’s life sciences stakeholders succeed in every facet of their professional journey.

The Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council has been at the intersection of business and civic leadership, shaping the future of the Bay Area since 1945. Today, our vision is to make the Bay Area the best place to live and work. More than 330 of the largest employers in the region are members of the Bay Area Council and are committed to working with public and community leaders to keep the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, inclusive, and sustainable region in the world.


BizFed is a Massive Grassroots Alliance of Business Networks. BizFed unites more than 240 chambers, trade associations, minority business groups, economic development organizations and business improvement districts to speak out for a strong economy.


The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization focused on equitable economic growth in the Los Angeles region. We use research to advance key industries, provide business assistance, collaborate with educational institutions to develop a robust workforce, and provide government officials with economic data to ensure the continued growth of L.A. County.

Orange County Business Council

Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business regionally, nationally and globally. The organization works to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity to preserve a high quality of life. For more than 125 years, OCBC and its predecessor organizations have promoted economic development and served as the voice of business in America’s sixth largest county.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is the hub for connections and collaboration for the business community, and fights for its members and all the region’s businesses by supporting pro-business policies and candidates.

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

SFCC is San Francisco’s most vibrant business network. A global economic force, San Francisco is the most inclusive and passionate city for innovation and entrepreneurship, and we work hard on its behalf. Focused on three pillars – advocacy, business development, and economic development – we deliver events, programs and initiatives to boost business and economic success. We provide leadership on issues important to business and take collective action to advance sustainable economic growth.

San Mateo Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is where San Mateo County organizations, businesses, and communities come together to create a brighter future. Through events, advocacy, and opportunities to connect, we ensure business voices are heard, diverse perspectives are shared, and leadership is fostered. As a member of The Chamber, you can play an integral role in shaping the economic future of our region.


San Mateo County Economic Development Association was founded in 1953 to promote business issues that enhance and sustain the economic prosperity of our region and its local communities. The message, “Business is Good, Business Brings Opportunity,” remains timeless. The rapid pace of change and  locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and globally demands that SAMCEDA meet an ever-changing environment with information, ideas and tools our members can utilize to remain on step ahead.

South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

The South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce makes referrals, acts as a community resource for information, and assists those seeking to start a business with informational pamphlets and brochures. Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, the Chamber holds monthly meetings to set policy and discuss the organization’s direction. Additionally, the Chamber has a Chief Executive Officer overseeing office operation, including full- and part-time staff.

Valley Industry & Commerce Association

VICA was founded in 1949 and has been servicing the greater San Fernando Valley and surrounding region for over 72 years. VICA is a leading voice for business through public policy, legislative advocacy, grassroots efforts and community engagement at all levels of government. Servicing over 1.8 million residents and 245,000 businesses, VICA works to bring members together to improve, develop and connect community representatives, opinion leaders, and elected officials for engagement and collaboration.

San Francisco State University

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection.

Stanford University

Stanford was founded almost 150 years ago on a bedrock of societal purpose. Our mission is to contribute to the world by educating students for lives of leadership and purposeful contribution; advancing fundamental knowledge and cultivating creativity; and accelerating solutions and amplifying their impact.

University of California Berkeley

The University of California Berkeley was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”

University of California Irvine

UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.

University of California San Diego

UCSD is recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, our culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

University of California San Francisco

UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best teaching and the best patient care converge, we can deliver breakthroughs that help heal the world.

University California Santa Cruz

UCSC is home to more than 19,000 students, 73 undergraduate majors, and 66 graduate programs, UC Santa Cruz is making a profound academic and societal impact.

Alexandria Venture Investments

Alexandria Venture Investments is the company’s strategic venture capital platform. Since our inception in 1996, we have invested in disruptive life science companies as well as promising agrifoodtech, climate innovation, and technology companies.


BLCK VC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that equips Black investors with the access, education, and community they need to accelerate their careers in venture capital. We do not accept the status quo; we are driving the industry forward by pushing venture capital firms to become more inclusive in their hiring, deal flow, and portfolios.

Jumpstart Health Investors

Jumpstart Health Investors understands that each stage of development brings different risks, returns, and liquidity characteristics. The Jumpstart platform has been assembled to create opportunities for investors by solving key factors such as access, risk-mitigation, diversification and portfolio management.

Life Science Angels

Life Science Angels is a not-for-profit corporation with 130-150 accredited investor members, 12-18 highly qualified fellows, and 12-15 sponsor organizations. We take no carry or management fees on investments. We do not charge companies any fees.

McDermott Rise

McDermott Rise aims to work with both early-stage and emerging companies that have an innovative plan and are solving an important problem, but that could use a boost from an experienced legal team from a top-ranked international firm. McDermott Rise is led by a dedicated global team of McDermott lawyers with deep experience handling issues vital to the success of innovative endeavors.

MedTech Color

MedTech Color is a 501(c)(3) that aims to advance the representation of underrepresented ethnic minority groups in the Medical Device Industry.

VIDA Ventures

Vida Ventures’ mission is to bring science to life by advancing transformative biomedical innovations that have the potential to make a meaningful impact on the lives of patients. We want to do well by doing good for others.

Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health is the leading U.S. early-stage (Seed and following on at the Series A) venture capital fund focused 100% on healthcare.

Westlake Village BioPartners

Westlake Village BioPartners brings Silicon Valley access and experience to Los Angeles, an emerging biotech community that is fresh, unorthodox and exciting. From Silicon Beach to some of the most successful startups in biomedical history, the City of Angels is in the midst of becoming one of the world’s biotech hubs.


21st.BIO aims to be the World’s leading scaling hub for innovators of new molecules in industrial biotech.

Azzur Group

Azzur Group has developed solutions specifically tailored to address the unique challenges of early-phase manufacturers and accelerate your speed to market. Together, we allow you to focus on the science while we focus on compliance.


Biomere’s U.S. bi-coastal locations offer an extensive portfolio of preclinical research services from in vitro analyses, early discovery and proof-of-concept to discovery toxicology. Nonclinical capabilities include: pharmacokinetics, lead compound screening, proof of concept, efficacy assessment, pharmacology, mechanism of action, and early lead optimization.


Brany serves as an IRB for multi-site research studies and as a local IRB to academic medical centers, research organizations, and research sites. Our Connected IRB Model is reflective of the highest standards in human subject protection while providing ongoing communication that promotes stakeholder engagement. We offer efficient, customizable processes, and experienced staff including Certified IRB Professionals (CIP) who excel at applying the regulations that govern research.

Charles River

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guides us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe.


Emmes is a full service clinical research organization (CRO) dedicated to helping commercial, government, non-profit and academic partners achieve their biopharmaceutical development and human health goals. Emmes’ commitment to scientific excellence, collaboration, and problem-solving, helps our clients better understand complex research problems, generate higher quality data, and make better treatment options available to patients. These qualities are what enable us to stand above other clinical research companies.

Fuji Film

Fuji Film is your global CDMO partner we offer complete solutions in pharmaceutical manufacturing – from pre-clinical investigations and process development to commercial cGMP production.


Getinge is a leading global provider of products and systems that contribute to quality enhancement and cost efficiency within healthcare and life sciences. We employ more than 10,000 people, and have operations in 38 countries.


IDDI are experts in clinical data services and high-level strategic consulting contract research organization (CRO), providing agile clinical trials services for pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device/diagnostic companies. With a proven track record, IDDI provides expert Biostatistics and eClinical Services to ensure the successful execution of your clinical development program.


IRBM leverages our accomplishments in drug discovery with our determination to remain at the cutting edge of research to deliver innovation for industry and academia. As your partner, we provide you with robust and cutting edge scientific expertise, honed in global pharma, along with the steadfast support required in a fast-paced and challenging industry.

Pharma Directions

Pharma Directions provides discovery support, formulation, CMC, DMPK, toxicology, regulatory, non-clinical development, early clinical development, strategic leadership, global project management. All on your terms. All on your timeline and budget. A vast number of moving parts are involved in getting a new therapy into the clinic, and an even larger number are involved in getting it from First-in-Man to pharmacy shelves.


 TB-SEQ devoted to the development and application of experimental and computational procedures for functional (meta)genomics analysis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms and communities based on the ribosome profiling NGS platform technology (RIBO-seq) and on computational analysis of sequencing data. TB-Seq develops new experimental protocols and bioinformatics tools applicable to different biological system.


Veranex is your unique, full suite service provider for every step of the product lifecycle.  From early concept work, to human factors, to reimbursement strategy and support- Veranex can offer any support necessary for you to turn your idea into reality.

UCSD Advancing Faculty Diversity Cluster Hire Initiative

BDAAS and AASM programs are partnering with EIGHT different UC San Diego campus units to hire 13  scientists who desire to work within, outside, and across disciplinary boundaries to explore relationships between Black and African American experiences and issues in biological and physical sciences, engineering, medicine, health, and the environment


CalPERS is committed to people — the people we serve, those who work here, and the larger community around us. As the nation’s largest public pension fund and an organization with global impact, fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes diversity of thought, experience, and background is vital to what we do. We take our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) seriously.

Fierce Pharma

Fierce Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum will provide a wide range of strategies and best practices for pharma and biotech companies looking to improve their diversity efforts across all areas of their business, while also providing a deep dive into key areas and access to leaders across functions.

Jumpstart NOVA

Jumpstart Nova connects healthcare industry leaders with incredible early-stage, innovative Black founded and led healthcare companies through strategic investment.

Nixon Gwilt Law’s 2023 List Of Venture Funds & Accelerators For Black Founders

At Nixon Gwilt Law, we’ve been tracking and supporting venture funds and accelerators for underrepresented communities for years. In 2022 we decided to make an annually updated public list for Black Founders.

UCI BioSci

UCI BioSci is committed to create an inclusive community and climate that supports the growth and success of black excellence in the biological sciences.

UCSC Stem Diversity Research Program

California Alliance for Minority Participation is a statewide initiative that aims to support and retain underrepresented undergraduates as they earn degrees in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Women In Bio

Women In Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for all women in the life sciences.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. owns, operates, and develops collaborative life science, agtech, and advanced technology campuses in the top innovation cluster locations in North America.

Daybreak Labs

Daybreak Labs provides life sciences and deep tech research and development facilities to help speed the time to market for our startups. Instead of investing in thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours building out facilities, our startups can go right to work and spend precious capital on other essential aspects of building the business.


HATCHspaces® is a real estate platform built around the life sciences. Our goal is to become the ideal home for STEAM-based companies “hatching” from co-working environments.


Homelabs founded in 2014 offers memberships to shares wetlab space and equipment to entrepreneurial academics and startup teams in the San Diego community.

Lab Launch

Lab Launch creates and operates affordable, quality laboratories for the life sciences industry. We run our own laboratory for startup biotech companies in Monrovia, CA and we work with other organizations to help them develop and operate their own shared lab spaces. Founded by scientists, for scientists, we bring over 15 years of experience and a detail-focused approach to developing and running the most effective facilities to support innovation and commercialization of biotechnology.

University Lab Partners

ULP is an independent, non-profit, wet lab + medtech incubator. ULP was founded in partnership with the University of California Irvine Beall Applied Innovation.


The Association of Bioscience Financial Officers is a national networking group for biotechnology, med tech and bioscience financial officers. Started in the SF Bay Area in 1989, we’re a place to exchange information and ideas, form support networks and gather for education and friendship. ABFO regional chapters serve biotech financial officers across the United States and Canada. Our chapters are located in areas with large numbers of biotechnology companies.

Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council has been at the intersection of business and civic leadership, shaping the future of the Bay Area since 1945. Today, our vision is to make the Bay Area the best place to live and work. More than 330 of the largest employers in the region are members of the Bay Area Council and are committed to working with public and community leaders to keep the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, inclusive, and sustainable region in the world.

Bio Supply Management Alliance

The Bio Supply Management Alliance was born for the need to create a worldwide community of operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. The Alliance provides a forum for collaboration, learning and best practice sharing of practitioners, executives and thought leaders.

The Business Journals

The Business Journals are the premier media platform for companies strategically targeting business decision-makers. We deliver a total business audience of over 10 million people via our 44 websites, 64 publications and over 700 annual industry leading events.

California Association of Professional Scientist

CAPS is an organization of scientific civil servants who protect public health, the environment, and California’s natural resources. This member website provides our members with information about their union, important news and upcoming events, and ways to get involved.

California Council on Science and Technology

California Council on Science and Technology is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to offer expert advice to the California state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology-related policy issues. CCST is modeled after the National Academies to provide the State of California with a parallel network of institutional and individual advisors.

Coalition Of State Bioscience Institutes

CSBI focuses on bioscience programs that: the life science industry is uniquely positioned to deliver; are replicable and scalable in states across the U.S. ; are extensible to other STEM industry sectors; and are fully aligned with emerging K-12 Common Core Learning Standards.

Diversity Alliance For Science

DAFS is a leading organization focused on diversity, bringing together like-minded corporations and suppliers to advance equity and inclusion in the life science/healthcare global supply chain.

Drug Hunter

Drug Hunter is an essential resource for the community of R&D innovators turning molecules into medicines. Drug Hunter distills the science behind emerging drugs and technologies into an easy-to-read and simple-to-search reference. The company was founded in 2018 out of a scientist’s frustration with existing ways to learn about new drugs and the science of pharma.

Gladstone Institutes

Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization located in the epicenter of biomedical and technological innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gladstone has created a research model that disrupts how science is done, funds big ideas, and attracts the brightest minds.

Industry Council for Small Business Development

ICSMD  is the bridge connecting large, small and diverse companies in Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The Industry Council facilitates collaboration, leadership, education and procurement opportunities for the advancement and development of supplier excellence, as well as providing unique training and mentorship opportunities.


Octane convenes and enables the Southern California tech and medtech business ecosystem by connecting people, resources, and capital. We impact our community through LaunchPad SBDC, a top-performing accelerator, Capital & Growth, a platform to provide companies capital and growth resources, Ignite Series, providing leading content, and Octane Foundation for Innovation, focused on furthering our mission while advancing diversity and inclusiveness.

Pharmaceutical & BioScience Society

PBSS is a non-profit professional organization of scientists and other professionals in the life science sector, working in diverse organizations such as the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, instrumentation and scientific product suppliers, academia, government laboratories and contract research organizations.

The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange



SAMCEDA was founded in 1953 to promote business issues that enhance and sustain the economic prosperity of our region and its local communities. The message, “Business is Good, Business Brings Opportunity,” remains timeless. The rapid pace of change and  locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and globally demands that SAMCEDA meet an ever-changing environment with information, ideas and tools our members can utilize to remain on step ahead.

Science History Institute

The Science History Institute explores lesser-known and overlooked stories from the history of science and technology. We dive deep into the history of scientific successes and failures, with a focus on expanding knowledge and broadening our understanding of how science and society intersect.

BioSpace - 2024 Employment Outlook

CLS recently supported BioSpace in the collection of regional data for their 2024 US Life Sciences Employment Outlook report. There is a climate of concern, with the market being described as “very tough” and competitive.

BizFed Institute - The SoCal Transformation Database

The SoCal Transformation Database is a centralized digital repository for the Southern California region to easily access a diverse variety of expert intelligence on areas of pertinence to the long term reinvention of our region post pandemic times. Creative ideas and best practices from both the public and private sectors will be available for free to best prepare our communities to save lives and jobs when the next crisis occurs.

Stanford University Board Diversity Playbook

The Playbook will be a useful resource for any CEOs, investors, board members, and board nominating committees recruiting new directors to their board.

Center for Jobs and the Economy Employment Report

This report focuses specifically on unemployment data to provide crucial insights into the state of employment in California

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company provides industry Insights on Life Sciences to assist you in your journey.

Streetwise Reports

Streetwise Reports provides essential life science information to assist you in your journey.

Better Boards Initiative

Better Boards Initiative are passionate about helping boards capitalize on diversity. Our large scale research enables us to coach aspiring and new board members to contribute from day one. We also work with boards to create the culture and systems for better organizations and a better world.

The Black Boardroom

The Black Boardroom is taking action to increase Black representation on corporate boards. Led by Perkins Coie, with critical support from Deloitte and others including F5, Microsoft and Amazon, the Black Boardroom Initiative is committed to increasing the percentage of Black executives on corporate boards.

Board Ready

Board Ready uses data analytics, to create the Board Ready Index (BRI) highlighting the gender, age, and ethnic diversity of existing boards that allowed them to compare a cohort of companies with one another.

Directors Academy

Led by an elite faculty, the NextGen Directors Program is an intimate peer-to-peer learning environment, designed to accelerate the development and placement of the next generation of corporate board members.

Black Corporate Board Readiness

The Black Corporate Board Readiness program accelerates diverse representation in corporate governance by accompanying highly experienced, qualified Black leaders through a structured executive education program. The BCBR program connects participants to experienced board members, rigorously prepares them to excel, and builds a community devoted to better business performance and racial equity.

The Leadership Edge

The Leadership Edge is a company that develops and strengthens the talent of people in life science companies around the world. Their programs are designed to  performance, which can lead to life-changing discoveries and better outcomes.


National Association of Corporate Directors

NACD is the most trusted association for board directors. For more than 45 years, we have helped leaders build successful companies that make a difference in the world.

We Can Rise

We Can Rise is community of women, men and companies committed to solving the talent crisis, one woman at a time.


Women in Bio

Women In Bio is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for all women in the life sciences.