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About Public Policy

Advocating for a Greater Life Science Future

About Public Policy

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 voice in regional government, the State Capitol, and Washington, D.C. by leveraging several proprietary programs and committees 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.

Public Policy Committees

Public policy committees give members the opportunity to get involved with Biocom’s legislative priorities, events, and goals. With six specialized committees focusing on topics ranging from facilities and safety to intellectual property, committees serve as an open forum for members to network and actively discuss prominent trends and issues. Committees also help plan events relevant to the industry centered upon timely topics.

View our full list of public policy committees below.

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

The Bay Area Facilities/EH&S Committee Guidelines provides a central forum for the Bay Area life sciences community for all facilities-related issues as well as current trends in real estate and facility financing opportunities. It also addresses and resolves issues pertaining to Bay Area environmental regulatory and safety issues involved with running a life science company.

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Bay Area Policy Committee
Bay Area Policy Committee

Biocom’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 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 legislative positions and votes on which ones merit Biocom positions, and what those positions should be.

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

Committee contact: Melanie Cohn

Federal Policy Committee
Federal Policy Committee

Biocom’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 membership.

 

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Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee
Greater Los Angeles Policy Committee

Biocom’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 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 legislative positions and votes on which ones merit Biocom positions, and what those positions should be.

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

Committee contact: Melanie Cohn

Intellectual Property Committee
Intellectual Property Committee

Biocom’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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State Legislative Affairs Committee
State Legislative Affairs Committee

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

Committee contact: Jimmy Jackson

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

The Los Angeles Facilities/EH&S Committee Guidelines provides a central forum for the greater Los Angeles life sciences community for all facilities-related issues as well as current trends in real estate and facility financing opportunities. It also addresses and resolves issues pertaining to Los Angeles environmental regulatory and safety issues involved with running a life science company.

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Public Policy Oversight Committee*
Public Policy Oversight Committee*

Provides leadership and oversees activities of Biocom in the area of legislative and regulatory affairs. Establishes the organization’s official position on legislation and regulatory proposals of interest.

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Regulatory Affairs Committee
Regulatory Affairs Committee

Addresses regulatory and scientific issues faced by California’s life science community, at home and abroad. Committee members are at the forefront of FDA’s and other agencies’ activities through regular legislative and regulatory updates and have the opportunity to review and recommend positions on new proposals and guidance. Members also enjoy networking, exchanging best practices, and discussing matters of common interest.

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

Addresses and resolves issues pertaining to environmental regulatory and safety issues involved with running a life science company.

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San Diego Facilities Committee
San Diego Facilities Committee

Provides a central forum for the life sciences community for all facilities-related issues as well as current trends in real estate and facility financing opportunities.

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*Board level committee. Prospective committee members must be Biocom Board Members or appointed by a Board Member to join.

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