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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Life Science

Biocom California and its members commit to real and lasting change

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Life Sciences

As leaders in life science, we acknowledge our responsibility to provide and promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our current and future workforce.  Through Biocom California’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) initiative and DE&I Task Force, we are taking action to advance a welcoming and thriving life sciences industry that recognizes the value of individuals with diverse backgrounds, talents, experiences, and perspectives.

We invite all Biocom California member organizations to join us and become signatories to our DE&I Member Pledge. Signatories commit to driving real, lasting change in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and creating pathways that provide opportunities for BIPOC and other underrepresented populations within the life science industry today.

To support California life sciences companies of all sizes, visit our Resource Center and Talent section designed to provide practical tools for supporting and developing programs, procedures, and best practices to complement your DE&I efforts and drive meaningful action.

Signatories for change

Mark Cafferty

President & CEO

San Diego Regional EDC

Jeff Guise


Eversheds Sutherlan

Steve Kay

Professor and Director

University of Southern California

Sunita (Sunny) Cooke


MiraCosta College

Gregory Frost

Managing Director

F1 Bioventures LLC

Neil McFarlane


Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Amit Munshi


Arena Pharmaceuticals

Stephen C. Ferruolo


Perkins Coie LLP

Trisha Millican



Joshua Yang

Co-Founder and CEO

Glyphic Biotechnologies

Linda Sierra

Senior Vice President

Bench International

Samir Elamrani

Patents and Innovations Department Leader, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

Wilson Sonsini

Teresa McWhirt

SVP/Head of Human Resources

ESCAPE, Bio, Inc.

Becky Chaitesipaseut

Vice President, Human Resources

Annexon Biosciences

Teresa McCarthy


Avidity Biosciences

Julie Smith

President & CEO, ESCAPE Bio.

ESCAPE Bio, Inc.

Gaylene Xanthopoulos

Founder and President

The Leadership Edge

Deanne Calvert

Vice President, State Government Relations

Sanofi US

Seth Levy

Partner & Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice

Nixon Peabody, LLP

Jens Vogel

SVP Head of Pharma Product Supply Biotech


Sandra Brown

Vice Chancellor for Research

University of California San Diego

Matt Abernethy


Neurocrine Biosciences

Samantha Schneider

Founder & Principal


Rich Heyman

Chairman of ORIC Pharma

ORIC Pharma

David Hale

Chairman & CEO

Hale BioPharma Ventures

Oliver Fetzer


Synthetic Genomics

Brian Neel

Chief Operating Officer

TriLink BioTechnologies

Rohit Shukla


Larta Institute

Lee Bendekgey

Chief Policy Officer

Invitae Corporation

Laurent Fischer, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer