Bay Area and San Diego Chapters Nominated in the “Champion of Health Equity” Category

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 05, 2023 — Life Science Cares (LSC), partnering with corporations and nonprofits to disrupt the cycle of poverty and inequality, announced today that California Life Sciences (CLS) chose the organization to be a finalist for their 2023 Pantheon Awards. Winners will be selected through a public voting campaign, which opened a few days ago.

Now in its 20th year, Pantheon is the largest life sciences awards celebration that recognizes scientific innovators in California who are working to solve health problems and help patients around the world live longer, healthier lives.

Executive Directors Aisha Baro and Leane Marchese from the Bay Area and San Diego affiliates of Life Science Cares commented jointly, “We are humbled to be nominated, to be recognized as finalists in a category such as Health Equity. We are very proud to be tackling the social disparities at the root of healthcare inequities and we’re grateful for our collaboration with California Life Sciences. Together, we can do more!”

As a collaborative initiative, LSC harnesses the financial and intellectual resources of the life sciences industry to address the pervasive challenges that vulnerable communities face. What sets LSC apart is its ability to go beyond financial assistance, combining grants with a range of supportive services such as volunteerism and thought leadership.

Social disparities at the root of healthcare inequities deserve special attention. LSC is uniquely positioned within the life science sector to address these social determinants of health. Our focus on three areas – basic needs (food, shelter, and healthcare), education support, and economic opportunity – ensures a comprehensive approach to addressing societal problems. 

“Now in its 20th anniversary year, the California Life Sciences Pantheon Awards have grown into an inspiring and important celebration that honors our state’s greatest scientific innovators who are bringing solutions to patients around the world,” said Mike Guerra, CLS President and CEO. 

“Congratulations to our exceptional finalists during this milestone year—we can’t wait to celebrate together on November 1.”

Award winners will be announced live on stage at the Pantheon Awards on November 1, 2023 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, which will draw around 500 life sciences executives. 

>> Cast votes here until October 13. 


About Life Science Cares:

Life Science Cares is a collective effort to activate the financial and human capital of the region’s life sciences industry – and partner with nonprofits – to disrupt the cycle of poverty and inequality in our communities. The organization helps solve societal problems through active caring, combining grants with supportive services such as volunteerism, thought leadership, and industry expertise. Since launching chapters in San Diego and the Bay Area in 2021, the organization has generated substantial grants, gifts, education, leadership interaction, and community engagement. For more information, please visit

About the Pantheon Awards:

For the past two decades, California Life Sciences (CLS) has recognized the state’s leaders from across the pharmaceutical, biotech and other allied industries to pay tribute to those making exceptional contributions to the life sciences industry. The Pantheon awards recognize excellence and celebrate the contributions and achievements of leading life sciences innovators representing therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, and industrial biotechnology companies.

About California Life Sciences (CLS): California Life Sciences is the state’s most impactful life sciences membership organization, advocating for the sector and its diverse innovation pipeline. For more than 30 years, CLS has served the community by supporting companies of all sizes, from early-stage innovators and startups to established industry leaders in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology. CLS also works closely with universities, academic and research institutions, the investment community, and other critical partners that promote this vibrant sector. With offices in South San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, CLS works to shape public policy, improve access to breakthrough technologies, educate lawmakers, and advance equity within our ecosystem by championing innovative solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of our times. In doing so, CLS fulfills its mission to protect and nurture California’s life sciences industry, empowering discoveries that lead to healthier lives around the world.