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With 25 years in San Diego, Biocom California is well known for its collaborative spirit and integral role in ensuring the life science ecosystem of San Diego has the support it needs to thrive, including infrastructure, networking, professional development, and business-friendly government regulations. Learn about our San Diego Regional Policy Priorities here.

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SAN DIEGO EVENTS

Biocom California creates valuable networks that accelerate member success in San Diego through a variety of programs, including specialized events, targeted conferences, expert committees, leadership dinners, industry-focused meetings, scientific roundtables, venture capital days, and member-to-member networking.

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San Diego Committees

EH&S Committee – San Diego
EH&S Committee – San Diego

The San Diego Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee is comprised of life science industry health and safety managers, and meets bimonthly to share best practices, provide continuing education opportunities, and plan workshops and events for those working in these fields. Through this committee, Biocom members work collaboratively with local regulators and inspectors, and recommend positions on environmental legislation to Biocom’s Public Policy Oversight Committee.

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Facilities Committee – San Diego
Facilities Committee – San Diego

The San Diego Facilities Committee is comprised of life science facility managers, landlords, architects, brokers, and lab suppliers, and meets bimonthly to share best practices, provide continuing education opportunities, and plan workshops and events for those working in these fields.

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Biocom Leadership

Rick Fultz
Sr. Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Biocom, and Interim Executive Director, Biocom San Diego
Rick Fultz
Sr. Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Biocom, and Interim Executive Director, Biocom San Diego — San Diego

Rick Fultz is Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Biocom California. He is responsible for leading the organization’s membership, sponsorship, marketing and business systems efforts as well as partnering initiatives and overall business development. Recently he has taken on the role of Interim Executive Director for Biocom’s San Diego Office which aims to increase the support they provide the San Diego Life Science Cluster. San Diego’s biotech and medtech industries have seen an impressive amount of investment and activity during the pandemic, providing Biocom California with a unique perspective on the runway to economic recovery for their industry’s members and the overall region.

Prior to joining Biocom California, Rick led for and non-profit sales and development and served as Executive Director for a San Diego non-profit. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Delaware and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from New England College.

Leandra Boysen
Program Manager
Leandra Boysen
Program Manager

Leandra oversees the internal project management and communication of the Purchasing Group while also providing support to key Biocom partners and vendors.

Before moving to San Diego, Leandra obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Melanie Cohn
Director of Regional Policy and Government Affairs
Melanie Cohn
Director of Regional Policy and Government Affairs — San Diego

Melanie is responsible for managing and implementing Biocom’s regional policy agendas in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. She proactively lobbies public officials to advance the interests of Biocom’s members and ensure consideration for the life science industry in new and existing regulations.

Prior to joining Biocom, Melanie managed government-community relations for San Diego nonprofits and also worked in the local office of a State Assembly Member from 2005 until 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Art History and Sociology, from the University of California, San Diego.

Personal Interests:

  • Street art
  • Beer & cheese pairings
  • Trying anything (at least once)
Kira Jenkins
Senior Director of Membership
Kira Jenkins
Senior Director of Membership — San Diego

Kira is responsible for ensuring business growth through directing and managing all sales activities. She identifies and engages new opportunities for membership within the life sciences industry while maintaining Biocom’s existing 980+ member companies. Kira also formed and spearheads Biocom’s CRO and Digital health committees.

Prior to Biocom, Kira was the Manager of Communications at the San Diego Telecom Council. She has experience coordinating large-scale special interest events and implementing national marketing plans. Kira holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Cal State University, San Marcos.

Personal Interests:

  • Running
  • Pilates
  • Cheering on her kids’ sports games
Oscar Rodarte
Capital Development Manager
Oscar Rodarte
Capital Development Manager — San Diego

My position is responsible for all matters related to our Capital Development Initiative – helping companies tap into various sources of financing and potential collaborations and partnerships.

My background is healthcare industry working with populations with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. He earned his Bachelor’s from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) focusing on Cognitive Science, Human Development and advanced methods of research.

Personal Interests:

  • Sports (Football)
  • Traveling
  • Cars
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Steve Beck, Senior HR Generalist, Neurocrine Biosciences

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