BayBio supports communities seeking to improve the business environment for life sciences research and development activities.
- In San Francisco, BayBio worked closely with the Board of Supervisors to extend the Biotechnology Payroll Tax Exemption, which allows the City of San Francisco to compete with other communities for life science companies. Since implementing the exemption five years ago, The City has grown from three companies to 56 companies.
- In South San Francisco, BayBio coordinated activities with a local company to oppose trucking regulations, which would have severely impacted the traffic patterns in the birthplace of biotechnology.
- BayBio supported South San Francisco Unified School District bond proposition, Measure J, on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Measure J allowed the school board of the South San Francisco Unified School District to borrow $162 million. The money was designated for “upgrading science labs, libraries, technology and restrooms; enhancing safety, fire detection and security systems; improving energy efficiency; replacing outdated electrical, plumbing, and heating systems.”
If you represent a community seeking to expand its life science cluster, please contact us to learn more about establishing policies for a successful cluster recruitment strategy.
- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering Ordinance 100455, the Product Stewardship Initiative. If passed, it could impact smaller companies, and the measure could result in a ban or limited availability of products, which will negatively impact consumers.
- The South San Francisco Fire Department is updating fire codes that concern the life sciences community. The proposals conflict with California and International fire codes, which would result in very restrictive requirements for the construction and use of regulated chemicals.