Through direct lobbying, public affairs campaigns, strategic collaborations and community programs, CLS works with government, industry, academia and other stakeholders to shape sound public policy that advances innovation, to promote equity and diversity, to support job creation and skills development and to advocate for all facets of the life sciences within the state of California and beyond.
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About Our Federal and State Advocacy Teams
California Life Sciences’ team of experienced government relations professionals located in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., and throughout California’s regional municipalities, directly engage with policymakers on issues of critical importance to our members and the continued success of California’s life sciences sector. We engage on federal policy and regulatory items in accordance with the legislative priorities and recommendations of our membership including direct lobbying in Washington, D.C., position and coalition letters, comments and testimony.
The CLS Federal Legislative Committee (FLC) is the primary interface between our membership and identification of the policy items pertinent to CLS’s missions and objectives. The FLC meets monthly to discuss and develop positions and activities regarding federal legislative and regulatory issues of importance to our membership. The FLC also plays an integral role in the development of CLS’s annual federal policy, education, and advocacy agenda.
Our experienced state government relations team engages on behalf of the life sciences sector in multiple ways through strategic collaborations and direct lobbying in Sacramento to advance innovation, investment and job creation for California’s life sciences ecosystem.
In conjunction with the State Legislative Committee (SLC), we identify and develop position statements on issues of interest to CLS’ membership. This SLC group is composed of government affairs professionals at CLS member organizations.
In addition, we aim to favorably shape the policy environment for California’s life sciences industry by creating and leveraging a world class seamless advocacy, public affairs, and government relations program. The team advances a pro-innovation policy agenda, while ensuring patients have access to the right treatment at the right time.
California Life Sciences’ experienced local government relations team engages on behalf of the life sciences sector in multiple ways to advance the innovation, investment, and job creation for California’s life sciences ecosystem.
Local governmental bodies have an increasingly significant impact on the health and growth of California’s life sciences sector. To ensure our voice is heard, CLS provides representation and ensures ongoing dialogue between the industry and local elected officials and agencies throughout California.
Policy and Advocacy News
CLS prepares for pro-innovation advocacy ahead of fall session
Aug 4, 2023
Congress has entered its summer recess, and CLS is continuing its advocacy for pro-innovation policies and preparing for the fall session. We are fighting to restore the full and immediate..Read More
California Life Sciences appoints Brent Fisk as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs
Jul 10, 2023
July 10, 2023 WASHINGTON – California Life Sciences (CLS), the trade association representing California’s life sciences sector, announces Brent Fisk as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and External Affairs,..Read More
California Life Sciences releases statement on Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)
Mar 13, 2023
March 13, 2023 SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO, WASHINGTON D.C. — The failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Friday has been a major shock to life sciences companies..Read More