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.

Latest CLS Policy and Advocacy Updates

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Help reinstate immediate R&D expensing

Since 2022, businesses have been prevented from immediately deducting their domestic R&D expenses. Negotiators are actively working to reverse this...
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CLS leads mental health roundtable with state lawmakers

CLS’s Aracely Campa Ramirez joined Assemblymember Corey Jackson (AD-60), Chair of the Select Committee on California’s Mental Health Crisis, and...
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Overriding patent rights will harm California’s life sciences innovation

California Life Sciences President & CEO Mike Guerra releases statement on Biden Administration’s Proposed Framework on March-in rights: “California Life...
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Congressional task force seeks answers on the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on drug development

The House Budget Committee Health Care Task Force sent a letter to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) requesting information...
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White House releases executive order on artificial intelligence

After the White House released an executive order on artificial intelligence, Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) lead conversations on possible legislative...
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Senate Finance Committee approves bipartisan pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) legislation

The Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act would require that patients benefit from rebates under Part D...
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About Our Federal and State Advocacy Teams

CLS Advocacy BenefitsCalifornia 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.

Local

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

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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Contact Us

Sam Chung
Vice President, State Government Relations
[email protected]