SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biocom, the association representing the California life science community, today announced that it recognized two California leaders as Elected Officials of the Year during its annual Celebration of Life Dinner, which occurred November 16. In addition, the organization recognized industry accomplishments and honored the efforts that leaders of the life science industry continue to pursue.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts were both honored for their work championing the life sciences industry in their respective jurisdictions.
“Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ vision to see the promise and opportunity that the life sciences industry provide the greater Los Angeles area has been remarkable,” said Dina Lozofsky, executive director of Biocom’s Los Angeles office. “He has consistently supported the industry and has been at Biocom’s side as we bring the industry together and strengthen the collaborative spirit of the LA Basin.”
“And there are few elected officials in San Diego who can legitimately say they served in elected office before biotech became a critical economic driver of our region,” added Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Supervisor Roberts is one of them, and he has supported local ordinances that spurred the growth of our world-renowned research-based biotech cluster.”
In addition to the awards, the annual dinner played host to honored speakers Scott Hamilton, the 1984 men’s Olympic figure skating gold medal winner who successfully survived cancer, and Karolyn Smith, U.S. Army veteran whose awe-inspiring courage and sheer audacity allowed her to overcome unimaginable odds.
Biocom is the largest, most experienced leader and advocate for California’s life science sector. We work on behalf of 1,000 members to drive public policy, build an enviable network of industry leaders, create access to capital, introduce cutting-edge STEM education programs, and create robust value-driven purchasing programs.
Founded in 1995 in San Diego, Biocom provides the strongest public voice to research institutions and companies that fuel the local and state-wide economy. Our goal is simple: to help our members produce novel solutions that improve the human condition. In addition to its San Diego headquarters, Biocom operates a core office serving the Los Angeles market, satellite offices in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, and has a continuous staff presence in the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento. Our broad membership benefits apply to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, genomics and diagnostics companies of all sizes, as well as to research universities and institutes, clinical research organizations, investors and service providers.
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