LOS ANGELES and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocom, the association representing the California life science industry, today announced that its recently-opened Los Angeles office is now fully staffed and operational, advancing on its mission to accelerate life science success in specific and meaningful ways for its members. The new hires bring the Los Angeles office staff total to five. In San Diego, the addition of six new employees represents organic growth at the headquarters office. Biocom's full-time staff across its four offices now stands at 40.
"As Biocom closes in on 800 members, we want to ensure we are reflecting our growth with the thoughtful expansion of our teams in San Diego and Los Angeles," said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. "With our L.A. office, we continue our tradition of accelerating cluster development across the state. Our expanded staff bolsters the work we do in many areas, including political advocacy, cluster-specific events, capital development programs and workforce development. Every member of our team is motived by the vast potential for a thriving industry in Los Angeles and is working to give members the tools and voice they need to succeed."
In Los Angeles, the five-person team is led by Executive Director Dina Lozofsky, a life science industry veteran who has worked closely with many of the area's universities and biomedical research organizations.
"The life science industry in L.A. is an exciting place to be today. We are fortunate to have the best and brightest working with us at Biocom to drive the success of this region," said Ms. Lozofsky. "In addition to our team, we benefit from the strong partnerships we've forged with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Venture Association and other organizations that share in our enthusiasm for and commitment to life science in the greater Los Angeles area."
The new hires in Los Angeles include staff in program management, membership and the purchasing group.
In Biocom's San Diego headquarters, new staff has been added in many areas, including capital development, sponsorship, system administration and the purchasing group.
Biocom has seen total membership grow steadily and organically, in line with increasing demand for its best-in-class lab supply contract, which negotiates lower costs for members, and its health insurance program. In 2017, Biocom members who participate in Biocom's health insurance offering will see premiums decrease by 2.7 percent, while the rest of the California market is expected to see increases in the range of 9-14 percent.
To learn more and meet all of Biocom's staff, visit our website: https://www.biocom.org/s/OurTeam.
Biocom is the largest, most experienced leader and advocate for California's life science sector. We work on behalf of more than 750 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 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. For more information, visit us at www.biocom.org. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (@BIOCOMCA).