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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

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
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.

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
Shaye Exner
Executive Director of Events & Sponsorship
Shaye Exner
Executive Director of Events & Sponsorship — San Diego

As Senior Director of Conferences & Corporate Sponsorships, Shaye directs all sales efforts related to Biocom’s 150+ annual events and conferences. She ensures sponsors receive valuable exposure to the life science community and see a strong return on their investments. Shaye has a strong background in content development and provides valuable guidance to members/sponsors looking to gain exposure to the California life science community through event programming. She also oversees multiple advisory committees and works closely with the Biocom executive team.

Shaye graduated from the University of Buffalo (SUNY) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and began her career as a counselor of emotionally disturbed children, working for Catholic Charities, before moving to California to focus on life science.

Personal Interests:

  • Family time
  • All things Disney
  • Binge-watching Netflix
Aileen Gipson
Executive Director, People & Culture
Aileen Gipson
Executive Director, People & Culture — San Diego

Aileen is responsible for defining and implementing the HR strategy and direction and managing the daily HR operations.  She partners with the executive team to plan and develop programs that foster organizational excellence and Biocom’s culture and values. Priorities include providing HR services that support a positive working environment where our employees thrive and are engaged so they may effectively support our members.

Aileen holds a Bachelor’s in Psychobiology from University of California, Riverside. She brings over 20 years of human resources experience with companies ranging from health care organizations to most recently, Head of HR for a San Diego global technology company, Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

Personal Interests:

  • Hiking & Exploring
  • Making memories with family and friends
  • Traveling
“Biocom’s HR workshop is useful to hear from experts seeing the activity in the market place. The Fisher & Phillips team has the expertise to share how I can provide best practices to my organization in a quick and efficient format. I highly recommend this workshop.”
Steve Beck, Senior HR Generalist, Neurocrine Biosciences

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