Biocom Opens San Francisco Bay Area Office and Forms Bay Area Advisory Board

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Grand Opening Reception to Occur on September 21

SAN DIEGO (September 17, 2018) – Biocom, the association representing the California life science industry, today announced the formation of a San Francisco Bay Area advisory board, as well as the grand opening of its Bay Area office. The new advisory board members and the Bay Area office staff will help to service Biocom’s 275 members in the area, a number that is steadily increasing.

“With our proven track record of building and expanding the life sciences throughout California, coupled with our deep partnering and workforce development experience, we are uniquely qualified in uniting and connecting the many clusters of the Bay Area,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Our new advisory board and our physical office space will aid in servicing all of our member companies spanning the micro-clusters, which ultimately services the life sciences throughout the state of California.”

The Bay Area advisory board will help to create and guide a thriving, connected ecosystem throughout the region. The advisory board members are not only representative of the many branches of the life sciences, but also of the five micro-clusters throughout the region. The advisory board reflects the diversity, needs and industries of the entire Bay Area bionetwork. The members include:

  • Marianne De Backer, vice president, venture investment, J&J Innovation
  • Rachel Haurwitz, president & CEO, Caribou Biosciences, Inc.
  • Richard Lin, founder & head of growth and strategy, Explora Biolabs
  • Gail Maderis, president & CEO, Antiva Biosciences
  • Janet McNicholas, partner, Jones Day
  • Joe Panetta, president & CEO, Biocom
  • Catherine Sharpe, community affairs & real estate, Fibrogen
  • Gregory Theyel, director, Biomedical Manufacturing Network

“The Bay Area life sciences industry needs the kind of programming that Biocom provides,” noted Advisory Board Member Rachel Haurwitz, president & CEO of Caribou Biosciences. “Biocom has been actively producing events focused on a range of critical areas for life sciences companies, including capital development, policy issues, workforce development and facilities. I’m eager to participate as a member of the advisory board and help guide events for years to come.”

In addition, Biocom’s opening of its Bay Area office, located in the Genesis Tower in South San Francisco, will help support industry events, public policy initiatives, cluster development, corporate partnering and workforce development throughout the entirety of the region. The Bay Area office staff includes:

  • Michelle Nemits, senior director, business development
  • Vik Nichani, manager, business development
  • Emily Abraham, projects & events associate
  • Bay Area Grand Opening

A reception to celebrate the grand opening of Biocom’s Bay Area office will occur on Friday, September 21 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. For more information and to register, email

About Biocom
Biocom is the largest, most experienced leader and advocate for California’s life science sector. We work on behalf of more than 1,100 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 our San Diego headquarters, Biocom operates core offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, satellite offices in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, and has a continuous staff presence in 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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