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Advocating for a Greater Life Science Future

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Biocom California drives advocacy and public policy initiatives on behalf of the California life science industry. Since its founding in 1995, Biocom California 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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Washington, D.C. Office

A respected voice in federal government, Biocom California’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 Committees

Bay Area Policy Committee
Bay Area Policy Committee

Biocom California’s Bay Area Policy Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis to address policy issues in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. This committee provides a forum for Biocom California members to proactively deliver input on proposed legislative changes at city and county levels of government. It also conducts review and discussion of proposed Biocom California legislative positions and votes on which ones merit Biocom California positions, and what those positions should be.

Group participants have the opportunity to attend Biocom California policy related events, including legislative roundtables and Biocom California receptions for elected officials.

Committee contact: Melanie Cohn

EH&S Committee – San Diego
EH&S Committee – San Diego

The San Diego Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Committee is comprised of life science industry health and safety managers, and meets bimonthly to share best practices, provide continuing education opportunities, and plan workshops and events for those working in these fields. Through this committee, Biocom California members work collaboratively with local regulators and inspectors, and recommend positions on environmental legislation to Biocom California’s Public Policy Oversight Committee.

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Facilities Committee – San Diego
Facilities Committee – San Diego

The San Diego Facilities Committee is comprised of life science facility managers, landlords, architects, brokers, and lab suppliers, and meets bimonthly to share best practices, provide continuing education opportunities, and plan workshops and events for those working in these fields.

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Facilities/EH&S Committee – Bay Area
Facilities/EH&S Committee – Bay Area

The joint Facilities/EH&S committee provides a central forum in the Bay Area life science community for professionals working in these fields to share best practices, participate in continuing education opportunities, and design workshops and events.

 

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Facilities/EH&S Committee – Los Angeles
Facilities/EH&S Committee – Los Angeles

The joint Facilities/EH&S committee provides a central forum in the Los Angeles life science community for professionals working in these fields to share best practices, participate in continuing education opportunities, and design workshops and events.

Topics include construction, permitting, lab/office design, inspections, and other issues involved in operating a facility. Through this committee, Biocom California members work collaboratively with local regulators and inspectors to ensure consistency in regulatory application and consideration of the industry in legislative proposals.

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Federal Policy Committee
Federal Policy Committee

Biocom California’s Federal Committee addresses legislative issues faced by the life science community of California and serves as a resource for all federal policy-related matters. The committee weighs in on legislative proposals affecting the industry, recommends official positions, shares insight on advocacy matters, and participates in policy events.

 

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Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee
Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee

Biocom California’s Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis to address policy issues in the greater Los Angeles area. This committee provides a forum for Biocom California members to proactively deliver input on proposed legislative changes at city and county levels of government. It also conducts review and discussion of proposed Biocom lCalifornia egislative positions and votes on which ones merit Biocom California positions, and what those positions should be.

Group participants have the opportunity to attend Biocom California policy related events, including legislative roundtables and Biocom California receptions for elected officials.

Committee contact: Melanie Cohn

Intellectual Property and Patent Law Committee
Intellectual Property and Patent Law Committee

Biocom California’s IP committee brings California’s legal and life science communities together through discussion of important intellectual property and patent law issues affecting our members, and serves as a forum to improve working relations between the USPTO and industry.

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Regulatory Affairs Committee
Regulatory Affairs Committee

Biocom California’s Regulatory Affairs Committee aims at addressing regulatory and scientific issues faced by the life science community of California. The committee provides insight on legislative and regulatory proposals affecting the industry, recommends official positions, and acts as a resource for the Biocom California membership.

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State Legislative Affairs Committee
State Legislative Affairs Committee

The Biocom California State Legislative Affairs Committee reviews California state legislation and regulatory proposals, and makes recommendations for Biocom California positions for same.  Membership on the committee, which meets monthly, is open to any Biocom California member in good standing.

Committee contact: Jimmy Jackson

Public Policy Team

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)
Mitzy De La Pena Medina
Public Policy Associate, Bay Area
Mitzy De La Pena Medina
Public Policy Associate, Bay Area — Bay Area

Mitzy works out of Biocom’s Bay Area office, supporting the Director of Regional Policy and Government, Melanie Cohn. Mitzy will handle regional legislative and regulatory issues on behalf of our Bay Area members.

She comes equipped with a degree in Political Science, campaign experience, and a strong background in policy work as a community outreach specialist for San Mateo County. Mitzy’s connections with elected officials and familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area’s policy networks will be a great asset to Biocom’s policy activities.

Personal Interests: 

  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Running
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
Isabel Omer
Regulatory Policy Associate
Isabel Omer
Regulatory Policy Associate

Isabel works out of Biocom’s Washington D.C office and assists the Director of Federal Policy and Government Affairs (Laure Fabrega) with all regulatory matters and helps develop and implement Biocom’s regulatory policy agenda.

Prior to joining Biocom, Isabel worked in a medical device company in both regulatory and government affairs. She also spent time in a trade association focused on export promotion for US healthcare companies. Isabel holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Personal Interests:

  • Traveling
  • Cooking
  • Workout classes

Biocom California Political Action Committee

Established in 1996, the Biocom California 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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THE REGULATORY AFFAIRS NEWSLETTER

Members: Receive monthly regulatory updates with our Regulatory Affairs Newsletter.