About BayBio

Our Mission

To maintain California’s leadership in life sciences innovation through support of entrepreneurship, education and career development.

Our Strategic Focus

Located in the birthplace of biotechnology, CLSI strives to ensure that the economic and intellectual power of the region’s life sciences industry and its employees remains strong. By maintaining our focus on entrepreneurship, education and career development programs, CLSI supports the foundations of innovation that have made California home to the world’s most prominent life sciences ecosystem. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), our objectives are met through collaborations, partnerships, and the generosity of individuals, sponsors and foundations.


CLSI’s activities are strategically focused in three program areas:


CLSI entrepreneurship programs connect startups with the resources and expertise needed to sustain critical innovation in the industry.

  • CLSI provides unique offerings to CLSA’s Fellow startup members, including educational workshops, research database access, and peer and executive networking.
  • Fellow entrepreneurs can also access expertise from business advisors through CLSI’s Expert Network, and more intensive coaching through the Fellows- All-Star Team (FAST) Advisory Program.
  • CLSI serves as an accelerator for CARB-X, the world’s largest public-private partnership devoted to early stage antibacterial R&D.


CLSI helps build the next generation of life science professionals by bringing industry and institutions of learning together to improve STEM education in Northern California and to inspire and develop life science careers.

  • CLSI’s Bio-Community program connects industry professionals with K- through post-graduate students through a variety of innovative initiatives, providing inspiring connections that can help illuminate and develop career pathways.
  • CLSI’s annual Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge recognizes outstanding high school science students in the region, advancing winners to compete in the National and International. BioGENEius Challenges at the BIO International Convention
  • CLSI facilitates equipment and supply donations from Northern California life science companies and organizations to local classrooms.

Life Science Careers
CLSI works to ensure that the current and anticipated talent needs of the industry are met, and that the workforce pipeline for the industry remains strong.

  • CLSI professional development workshops provide continuing education for life science employees
  • The CLSI Career Center matches Northern California employers’ needs with available talent and assists job seekers with their career search
  • Workforce analyses capture current and projected hiring trends to inform education and training programs and to help steer training dollars to areas of critical need

CLSI carries its local work to the national arena through the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), a 42-state coalition of bioscience organizations that delivers industry-led education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a national coordinated effort. CLSI’s executive director is a co-founder and chair emeritus of the CSBI, and co-chairs the CSBI Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development Committees.

Our History
CLSI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) established in 1990 as the Bay Area Bioscience Center (dba “BayBio Institute) by the founders of biotechnology, a consortium of public officials, and educators who saw a need to maintain and promote the intellectual and educational climate of the region. In 2006, the organization divided its activities into two separate but coordinated entities: the BayBio Institute and the BayBio Association, a 501(c)(6) trade association. In 2015, the Bay Bio Institute became the California Life Sciences Institute, and BayBio merged with the California Healthcare Institute to become the California Life Sciences Association. Over the last 25 years, the California Life Sciences Institute has been a resource for educators, startup companies, and life science professionals throughout Northern California.

To learn more about the California Life Sciences Association, click here.