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Public Policy Newsletter
June 22, 2017


Biocom Capitol Hill Reception Recognizes Congressional Champions and Life Science Communities

On June 14, 2017, Biocom hosted its annual Capitol Hill Life Science reception, in cooperation with the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) and the Congressional Life Science Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Scott Peters (CA-D-52) and Leonard Lance (NJ-R-7). 

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This special event was a great opportunity for legislators, their staff, life science leaders, patient groups, and many other organizations to celebrate the life science communities and Congressional delegations of both California and New Jersey. Attendees discussed life science priorities and accomplishments in a relaxed and festive casual environment. More than 100 people attended the reception.

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Representatives Scott Peters (CA-D-52), Susan Davis (CA-D-53), Lou Correa (CA-D-46), Judy Chu (CA-D-27), and Leonard Lance (NJ-R-7) offered touching remarks calling for unity following a shooting at a Congressional baseball training earlier that day that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others, before recognizing the many contributions of our industry. Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-D-14) and Jerry McNerney (CA-D-9) also attended. 

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Local Affairs

Biocom Holds Successful Roundtable with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Executives from Biocom member companies located in the Los Angeles area had the opportunity to share the needs of the industry. Click here to continue reading.

Los Angeles Area Facilities/EH&S Committee Kickoff
Join us on June 27th at a panel presentation as we initiate activities for facilities and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) professionals. To learn more and register, click here.

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar Meets with Biocom Members 
UC San Diego, NIH funding, and the need for coordination between regulatory agencies were among topics of discussion. Continue reading here.

Los Angeles City Council Delays Action on Linkage Fee
If approved, the city expects that the fee will generate between $75 million to $92 million in funding each year for the construction of new affordable housing units. Click here for more information.

LA Supervisors Approve Outreach Plan for Water Issues
The plan includes broad education and engagement on County water issues. Click here to learn more.

Energy Courses Can Help Life Science Facilities Save Money
Learn more about SDG&E's free energy-related courses here.

Federal Affairs

Biocom Co-Hosts Washington Event on Federal Investment in Biomedical Innovation
The event educated Congressional staff about the importance of funding for the NIH and the FDA. Continue reading here.

Supreme Court Limits Patent Venue
This ruling could have troubling consequences for our industry. Click hereto learn more.

House Committee Approves FDA User Fees Reauthorization Act
For a brief summary of the bill and relevant amendments, click here.

State Affairs
Legislation Affecting Industry Advances in Sacramento
For a brief updates on SB 17, AB 265, and SB 790, click here.  
Upcoming Public Policy Events
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Jun
27
Los Angeles Area Facilities/EH&S Committee Kickoff
Tuesday
June 27, 2017
12:00 PM
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Jul
18
Joint Biocom/IEA Meeting: Prop 65 Update
Tuesday
July 18, 2017
11:30 AM