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Welcome to You(r) Biocom: A Year-Long Campaign Aimed at Showcasing Member-Driven Programs that accelerate life science success.

November Feature: Recognize

Biocom recognizes the impactful contributions of California’s community, partners and members, forging a path to a better future.

View past You(r) Biocom posts: December (Impact), October (Collaborate), September (Educate), August (Innovate), July (Accelerate), June (Showcase), May (Unite), April (Advocate),March (Inspire)February (Connect)January (Ignite)

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About You(r) Biocom 
For nearly 25 years, Biocom members have been instrumental in shaping transformative programming and powerful advocacy that enriches California’s leading life science industry. This year, we’ll be featuring some of our member-driven programs and initiatives that help researchers, investors and advocates alike in our mission to accelerate California’s largest, most innovative network of life science clusters in the world. Stay tuned every month for new ways to take advantage of your Biocom membership benefits.

Celebrating the Change-Makers

Recognizing our member community

Accelerating Young Leaders
This fall, Biocom recognized the winners of our 4th Annual Catalyst Awards—a platform we created to identify accomplished and up-and-coming academics, entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact on California life science. Ten winners across San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, representing a wide range of skills and verticals, will be featured in the Fall edition of Biocom’s LifeLines magazine and honored during our Biocom Annual Celebration of Life Dinner on November 21st.

Additionally on December 3rd, Biocom members between the ages of 21 and 39 are invited to grow their network at our next Life Science Young Leaders (LSYL) event in San Diego. Learn more here.

Viscient Member Spotlight
Our members are our most important partners, and this month’s Biocom Member Spotlight with Viscient Biosciences provided another opportunity to recognize the important work happening in the California life science industry. We sat down with Keith Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder, to talk about how he’s creating a company displacing the use of animal models by building 3-D bio printed liver tissue to use in drug discovery, and the three things needed to get any business up and running. Check out more at here.

Patient Advocacy

Recognizing our “why”

Biocom Annual Celebration of Life Dinner

Our Biocom Annual Celebration of Life Dinner is an event we’ve been honored to host for over a decade. This year’s Annual Dinner theme is “Imagine This”, inviting members to bring their imaginations to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on November 21st where we’ll recognize this year’s life science achievements and set the stage for discoveries that pinpoint treatments, optimize medicines, identify cures, and secure a better future for our children.

Our keynote speaker, Gay Grossman, will speak about receiving a genetic diagnosis for her daughter through whole genome sequencing after not having a diagnosis, or answers, for 15 years. We’ll recognize her family’s patient advocacy efforts, courage and world-changing work through their foundation, ADCY5.org, the foundation for ADCY5-related dyskinesia. We’ll also shine a light on the Biocom members who have been part of a very impactful 2019. Learn more about this year’s dinner here.

Biocom Patient Advocacy

Biocom’s public policy team advocates for patients by collaborating with member committees to determine positions encouraging public officials to pass legislation that is positive to the California life science industry, while working to defeat proposals that would be detrimental. Biocom is committed to ensuring that patients have access to the care they need and supports reimbursement policies that provide appropriate and inclusive coverage, coding, and payment for biopharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, and genomics products. Biocom has strongly opposed proposals that would cut reimbursement to physicians under Medicare Part B, impose rebates and price controls to Medicare Part D, and limit the availability of products through restrictive formularies, step therapy, and increased cost-sharing such as specialty tiers and high deductibles.

Last month, our Dialogue with the FDA Office of New Drugs (OND) allowed members to better understand and speak to a rapidly changing drug regulatory program. Members can stay up to date with regulatory topics and events via the Biocom Public Policy Newsletter.

Strengthening the Community

Recognizing our partners

Providing Veterans Opportunities

Biocom Institute continues to recognize the contributions that veterans can make in strengthening the life science workforce of California. This fall, our Veterans Symposium provided another free opportunity for active duty military, veterans and military spouses to hear from top executives in the industry about jobs in the life science sector. HR professionals from leading companies spoke to the benefits of hiring veterans and shared advice for navigating a transition into the industry. Veterans and non-veterans can get involved year-round through our Veterans Committee, Mentoring Program or by lending experience to those seeking advice. Learn more about our Veterans program here.

Community Partnership

This month, Team Biocom is participating in the 2019 Padres Pedal the Cause fundraising event, under the umbrella Team CoolBio, together with Genomatica, Cooley, and a few other Biocom member companies. Teams across San Diego have participated in Padres Pedal the Cause since 2013 to raise money for local cancer research in San Diego. We are honored to once again participate in this event, which has donated over $10 million in the past six years to fund 54 local research projects, as part of our Biocom Gives Back program. Across California, community partnerships play an important part in promoting collaboration, accelerating life science research and recognizing the important work our state’s life science industry is doing to improve the human condition. Learn more about Padres Pedal the Cause here.