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Advocating for a Greater Life Science Future

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Biocom drives advocacy and public policy initiatives on behalf of the California life science industry. Since its founding in 1995, Biocom has emerged as the most respected association voice in regional government, the State Capitol, and Washington, D.C. Our member committees determine positions to encourage public officials to pass legislation that is positive to the California life science industry, while working to defeat proposals that would be detrimental.

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Public Policy BIocom

Washington, D.C. Office

A respected voice in federal government, Biocom’s Washington, D.C. office works with public officials and community stakeholders to help create a legislative and regulatory environment that supports the life science industry of California.

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“”Biocom is our voice to legislators and regulators of the life sciences industry. Biocom provides a source of expertise and experience on the issues that are unique to the life sciences industry.””
Michael Oliver, President and CEO, SpectraScience, Inc.
“”Biocom is able to reach a larger regulatory audience based on the size of their organization. Biocom has a reputation of being successful in this arena, for the betterment of our industry and community. Biocom’s EH&S Committee is composed of some of the best and brightest Biotech/Pharma EH&S (Safety Officers) in the county, has greater access to regulators and has been effective in joining the Regulatory community with the Safety Officer community in a forum that allows honest and productive discussion.””
Allison Fowler, EH&S Manager, INOVA Diagnostics

Public Policy Team

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Emily Cassel
Associate Manager of Government Affairs & Events
Emily Cassel
Associate Manager of Government Affairs & Events — San Diego

Emily is responsible for managing Biocom’s public policy events, newsletter, as well as web and marketing content to give members streamlined access to all of Biocom’s public policy events and initiatives.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University and brings to Biocom a background in education and event planning.

Personal Interests:

  • Daughter Kaya
  • Dogs
  • Yoga
Melanie Cohn
Director of Regional Policy and Government Affairs
Melanie Cohn
Director of Regional Policy and Government Affairs — San Diego

Melanie is responsible for managing and implementing Biocom’s regional policy agendas in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. She proactively lobbies public officials to advance the interests of Biocom’s members and ensure consideration for the life science industry in new and existing regulations.

Prior to joining Biocom, Melanie managed government-community relations for San Diego nonprofits and also worked in the local office of a State Assembly Member from 2005 until 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Art History and Sociology, from the University of California, San Diego.

Personal Interests:

  • Street art
  • Beer & cheese pairings
  • Trying anything (at least once)
Laure Fabrega
Director of Federal Policy and Government Affairs
Laure Fabrega
Director of Federal Policy and Government Affairs — Washington D.C.

Laure oversees Biocom’s Washington DC office, which she opened in 2013 to advance the interests of Biocom members in our nation’s capital. She is responsible for managing and implementing Biocom’s federal legislative and regulatory policy agenda and proactively lobbying federal officials.

Laure has over twelve years of experience in federal policy, including five years in the U.S. House of Representatives, overseeing healthcare policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Political Communication from Sciences Po Bordeaux. She also graduated from the Institute on Business and Government Affairs at Georgetown University.

Personal Interests:

  • Kayaking
  • Country music and dancing
  • Traveling with her fiancé
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

Biocom Political Action Committee

Established in 1996, the Biocom PAC is a non-partisan California state committee that leverages individual and corporate fundraising to make political contributions with the aim of electing candidates and promoting issues that improve the climate for business and innovation for the California life science industry.

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