We have all joined this industry, in this great and diverse state of California, because we believe this to be true: Doing the right thing is good business. Our purpose is to enhance and save lives for all people around the world. This inspires us every day. To that end, we believe our leadership, our teams, our innovations, and our investments must reflect the diverse populations we are meant to serve.

The Racial & Social Equity commitment is our bold plan to commit to change, a unified effort to do more for the historically excluded Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC) populations in California.

Our members who have committed to change:

Supported by Gilead who provided funding. Gilead has had no input into the content of the materials used at this meeting/conference.


We are pleased to be working with the following BIPOC-led and/or focused organizations that are aligned with our mission, and who are making measurable impact in the communities we serve. We continue to expand our activities so we can broaden and deepen our impact.

Ace Robinson
African American Community Service Agency (AACSA)
Black Health Network
California Community Colleges
California State University
Center for Excellence in Nonprofits
CLSA Inspire QuickFire Challenge For Diverse Innovators
FAST MedTechColor
Health Care Connection
Kits Cubed


RSE Career Connections Summit
Sequoia Unified School District
Slone Partners
Stillman College
University Lab Partners
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Francisco
Year Up Bay Area

“We realize our plan is not perfect and most certainly not enough, we have to get started, to learn, and to continually evolve. For all that we get wrong or fall short, we implore our members, and everyone we are meant to serve, to join our dialogue and help us continue to improve so we can broaden and deepen our impact.”

Melinda Richter, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, and Emeritus, California Life Sciences