The head of the trade group that represents Southern California's life sciences industry was appointed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee.
Joseph Panetta, of San Diego, is the president and CEO of Biocom, a position he's held for around 15 years. Biocom represents more than 600 companies that provide nearly 60,000 jobs in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical device, connected health, agriculture and bio-renewable energy industries.
Panetta, 59, was previously in charge of government and regulatory affairs at Dow Agroscience and vice president of government and public affairs at Mycogen Corp.
He also served a government stint as senior policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1979 to 1984.
The Republican does not require Senate confirmation to the committee.The compensation is $100 per diem.
—City News Service