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Biocom to Host New San Diego City Councilmembers
On March 29th, Biocom will welcome San Diego City Councilmembers Barbara Bry, Chris Ward, and Georgette Gomez for a Life Science Roundtable Discussion. The meeting will take place 3:00 – 4:00pm here at Biocom.

Councilmembers Bry, Ward, and Gomez are newly elected to the City Council, and assumed their posts in December. Barbara Bry represents District 1, where many Biocom member companies are located. Chris Ward represents District 3, and Georgette Gomez District 9. This is a chance for you to build a relationship with these offices, and for the Councilmembers to understand the importance of what you do in San Diego.

Biocom staff and members work with City Council on numerous legislative and regulatory issues vital to the life science industry, including permitting and building, economic incentives for businesses, flooding mitigation in Sorrento Valley, and implementation of the city’s Climate Action Plan. If you have any city-related issues to discuss with your elected representatives, please join us for this important discussion.
Seating is limited. RSVP to Melanie Cohn at or 858-832-4158.

Announcing Biocom and IFMA’s 2017 Partnership!
Biocom and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA San Diego) have teamed up to offer our members joint benefits at no additional cost. This new partnership will allow you to attend additional events, expand your network, and have access to added educational opportunities.

Save the Date for April 26th, when we will be hosting a joint IFMA Leverage Your Beverage and Biocom Facilities Workshop. Our panel of experts will discuss “Career Advancement for Facility Managers,” followed by networking and camaraderie. Join us to hear more about how the two organizations are working together in 2017. 

2017 activities will include:
-          Annual Facilities Reception, plus additional joint events
-          Free Biocom member access to IFMA events and vice versa
-          Discounts for IFMA credentialing programs
-          Additional mentoring opportunities

To learn more about how to access these benefits now, contact Melanie Cohn at or 858-832-4158.

Biocom Hosts Successful Event with LA Mayor’s Office

On February 16th, Biocom’s LA office hosted our first ever event with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. The panel was a who’s who of venture capital firms in LA; panelists discussed life science funding opportunities there. 


Jasson Crockett from Mayor Garcetti’s office kicked off the program with an exercise that showed the diversity of attendees, from students to entrepreneurs to company executives. Dina Lozofsky, Executive Director of the Biocom LA office, moderated the panel of four, all of whom have distinguished pedigrees, significant history in the LA area, and have increased their attention/involvement in the sector in the LA area over the past few years.

Adam Bazih (Kairos Ventures), Paul Grand (RCT Ventures), Harry Nelson (Adaptive Healthcare), and Ryan Bethencourt (Indiebio) discussed bringing ideas from the lab to marketplace, accelerating innovation in the health care system, pitching to potential investors, and the unique culture in LA that makes it a perfect place for starting and growing companies. Collectively, the panelists’ forecast for the investment climate was extremely positive and encouraging for the life sciences. 


Following the presentation, many attendees had follow up discussions with the panelists to access their wealth of knowledge and advice. We were thrilled at the success of our first event with local government in LA and look forward to many more to come!

Biocom Facilitates Partnership Between San Diego and Southern France

On February 15th, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and French Vice-President (similar to a US Congressman) Bernard Deflesselles came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of San Diego and the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region of France. Both leaders credited Biocom and EuroBioMed (the Mediterranean life science trade association) for bringing the two regions together. Several life science companies headquartered in Southern France have recently opened offices in San Diego, and Biocom looks forward to working more closely with that region to establish greater ties.


Biocom’s Director of Regional Policy & Government Affairs, Melanie Cohn (in floral jacket), attends the MOU signing at San Diego’s Central Library. 

Changes to San Diego Land Development Code to Benefit Biocom Members

Each year, the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department proposes a series of changes to the Land Development Code, which governs building processes and regulations in the city. This year, Biocom was approached by the city’s economic development staff regarding an update that would allow companies located in industrial lands to place moveable machinery in side and rear yard setbacks. 

Greater utilization of side and rear yards would particularly benefit San Diego’s life science cluster because its companies rely heavily on outdoor processing equipment and/or heating, cooling, and energy systems. Additionally, industrial land costs greatly exceed the standard rate of inflation, and this change would help with greater site utilization to maximize useable space. Biocom is working with the city to move this proposal forward, and we hope it will be finalized by this fall.
Upcoming Public Policy Events
Oncology Advocacy Fly-In
April 5, 2017
4:00 PM