Continuing with our series on biotechnology and healthcare, this week we look at San Diego’s role in international and American medical innovation. San Diego hosts the major international biotech conference this year. We’ll explore who is coming, what these leaders are talking about and why it’s important to the future of healthcare for all of us.
You get up everyday in this industry because you have the opportunity to improve someone’s quality of life and potentially improve someone’s health.
About our Guest
Joseph Panetta is President & CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Biocom, the southern California association that advocates for 600 companies, service sector firms, universities and research institutes working in the biotechnology and biomedical device arena. As President and CEO since 1999, Mr. Panetta has been responsible for leading Biocom’s efforts to position the regional life science community to achieve global success. Working with an experienced professional staff of 25 and a 60 member Board of Directors, he leads programs in capital formation, public policy, workforce education, and member-to-member services. He also oversees several subsidiaries of Biocom, including a Purchasing Group which provides more than $40 million in products and services to members, and is a co-founder of the Biocom Political Action Committee, the Biocom Institute for education and workforce development, and the California Biotechnology Foundation, a joint initiative to inform legislators and the media about the life science industry in the state, of which he is Chairman.
Mr. Panetta is active on various boards, business coalitions and committees addressing issues pertinent to the life science industry. In January, 2014 Mr. Panetta was appointed by CA Gov. Jerry Brown to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee which serves as the governing and oversight Board for the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and is responsible for providing grant funding under the $3 billion CA stem cell initiative. He is a past chairman of the board of the San Diego Workforce Partnership and sits on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, CleanTECH San Diego, and CONNECT. He is a member of advisory boards of the pharmacy school at UC San Diego, the engineering school at San Diego State University, and the college of science and mathematics at Cal State University San Marcos.
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