California Life Sciences and Sterling Bay Unveil Playbook to Boost Diversity in Life Sciences Startups


August 2, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO, SAN DIEGO, LOS ANGELES, SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Life Sciences (CLS) and Sterling Bay proudly launch the Playbook for Accelerating and Incubating Life Sciences Entrepreneurs.

Diverse life sciences entrepreneurs often lack access to the resources of accelerators and incubators. And barriers for underrepresented founders exist most profoundly at the early stages of venture creation. This playbook offers actionable solutions for accelerators and incubators to level the playing field and successfully launch more life sciences companies led by diverse founders.

“In order to address the unmet medical and scientific needs across our sector, we need to harness the innovation of the broadest possible pool of life sciences talent,” said Marc Fields, CLS’s SVP of Racial and Social Equity & Culture. “I’m confident this playbook will give incubators and accelerators practical steps to create a more inclusive and diverse startup community within life sciences.”

Read the Playbook for Accelerating and Incubating Life Sciences Entrepreneurs here.

About California Life Sciences: 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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