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With 23 years in San Diego, Biocom 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.



Biocom 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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Biocom Leadership

Joseph Panetta
President and Chief Executive Officer, Member, Biocom Board of Directors
Joseph Panetta
President and Chief Executive Officer, Member, Biocom Board of Directors — San Diego

As the leading advocate for the life science industry in California, President and CEO Joe Panetta guides Biocom by setting strategic direction, guiding policy priorities, and championing the biopharmaceutical industry at the local, state, national, and international level.

Mr. Panetta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from LeMoyne College, and a Master of Public Health degree in industrial and environmental health from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of the Brookings Institution Program for Executives and the Harvard Program on Negotiation.


Personal Interests:

  • Travel
  • Skiing
  • Piano
Jennifer Landress
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Landress
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer — San Diego

Jennifer is responsible for the general oversight of the organization along with marketing, international outreach and capital development. She ensures that members get the best level of service from the Biocom team.

Jennifer brings to Biocom a background in strategy, operations, event planning and marketing. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University.

Personal Interests:

  • Reading
  • Skiing
  • Family time
Jimmy Jackson
Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer
Jimmy Jackson
Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer — San Diego

Jimmy is responsible for the oversight of all Biocom committees and personnel related to the development of Biocom policy in the government affairs arena.

Jimmy has worked in a hospital pharmacy, as a political consultant, and spent 14 years working for the State Legislature, the last seven of those as a Chief of Staff. He has been with Biocom for over 11 years.

Personal Interests:

  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Theatre
Rick Fultz
Vice President and Chief Business Officer and Managing Director, PG
Rick Fultz
Vice President and Chief Business Officer and Managing Director, PG — San Diego

Rick is responsible for leading the organization’s membership, sponsorship and revenue efforts, as well as marketing and business systems, growth and partnering initiatives and overall business development strategies. He also oversees all aspects of the group purchasing organization and ensures positive working relationships with member companies.

Prior to joining Biocom, 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.

Personal Interests:

  • Basketball
  • Coaching his kids
  • Football (Eagles)
Julie Ames
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Julie Ames
Vice President, Corporate Communications — San Diego

As Vice President of Corporate Communications, Julie is responsible for developing communications strategies and programs to drive awareness surrounding Biocom’s strategic priorities.

Prior to joining Biocom, Julie held leadership roles at companies ranging from global life science giants to early-stage biotechnology companies as well as public affairs roles in Washington, D.C. at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

Personal Interests:

  • Adventure travel
  • Skiing
  • Performing arts
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Dina Lozofsky
Executive Director, LA Office
Dina Lozofsky
Executive Director, LA Office

As Executive Director of Biocom’s Los Angeles office, Dina leads Biocom’s programming and benefits efforts in the growing LA life science industry and helps raise awareness surrounding the regional cluster’s many research accomplishments.

Dina’s experience includes leadership roles in academia, startups and established companies as well as board member seats at the LA Venture Association (LAVA), the LA Bioscience Hub, and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board. She holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and is a registered Patent Agent.

Personal Interests:

  • Wine tasting
  • Movies
  • Playing with her puppy
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