SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Biocom, the association representing the California life science community, today announced that it will be holding its annual Celebration of Life Dinner. With over 600 guests in attendance, the event will be a gathering of the most influential thought leaders and innovators throughout the sector, celebrating the many achievements within the life sciences from the past year.
"This year, Biocom shattered many barriers—growing past 800 members, opening offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo, hiring a dozen new staff and establishing a permanent staff presence in San Francisco," said Joe Panetta, president and chief executive officer of Biocom. "Ultimately, and much more significantly, this reflects the passion and efforts undertaken by our life science community - a community united in its quest to improve the human condition. Thus, our Celebration of Life Dinner is in recognition of their incredible accomplishments as well as the bold, pioneering leaders that have allowed them to happen." Microbiome expert, pioneering scientist, and Catalyst Award winner Rob Knight, Ph.D., will be the evening's keynote speaker. As the founding director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UCSD and a key participant in the White House National Microbiome Initiative, Dr. Knight has played an integral role in bolstering the scientific community at both the local and national levels. Joining him is a patient advocate speaker, Stephanie Decker, who will share her dauntless, inspiring story of how she saved the lives of her children at the expense of losing both of her legs. At the Celebration of Life Dinner, Biocom will present The Community Partner of the Year Award and the James McGraw Distinguished Contribution Award. These awards recognize organizations and individuals respectively who provide outstanding support to the life science industry.