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

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CLSA/CLSI Announce Initiation Of Mentoring, Coaching And Professional Development Programs To Help Address Gaps In Representation And Inequity In The California Life Sciences Industry

Mar 18, 2021

The California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)/California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) announced the creation of the Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative, part of a multi-year program, funded by CLSA/CLSI member companies, with the goal of helping close the gaps in inequity and create a more diverse industry. The RSE Initiative has already surpassed its initial fundraising budget of $1M, with a goal of sustaining 3-year commitments of $1M annually.

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CLSA Welcomes New Board Members And Kicks Off Robust 2021

Mar 8, 2021

California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the trade association representing California’s life sciences sector announces the election of three new members to its Board of Directors and the transition of two leadership positions.

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CLSA Applauds The Release The Medicare Coverage Of Innovative Technology (MCIT) Final Rule

Jan 28, 2021

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final “Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) and Definition of ‘Reasonable and Necessary” rule (42 CFR Part 405).  The rule, if implemented as planned in March of this year, creates a pathway for automatic CMS coverage – for 4 years – of medical devices that receive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) breakthrough technologies program designation and subsequent market authorization through their Expedited Review Approval Process.

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California Unveils New Approach To Vaccine Allocation And Distribution

Jan 27, 2021

On Tuesday, January 26, Governor Newsom revised the vaccine rollout plan to help streamline allocation and distribution. Vaccine distribution will now be led by the Government Operations Agency along with CA Health and Human Services and CA Department of Public Health.

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CLSA And BIO Hosted A Briefing “The Transformative Potential Of Gene Therapies”

Jan 27, 2021

On Tuesday, January 26th CLSA and BIO hosted a briefing titled, “The Transformative Potential of Gene Therapies” in partnership with the California Select Committee on Biotechnology and the California Rare Disease Caucus. This briefing was moderated by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and was attended by legislators, legislative staff and members of the rare disease community who are interested in learning more about gene therapies.

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