In early January 2009, a small meeting took place in San Francisco, in the offices of Burrill & Company. Out of it grew the plan and the reality of a Life Sciences Foundation, headquartered in the West, cooperating with and complementing the work of the well-respected Chemical Heritage Foundation (Independence Park, Philadelphia, PA).
The twenty-first century promises to be “the life sciences century,” so there is much for LSF to do, as it seeks to treasure the past, educate the present, and tell the story. Coming together to help are LSF's many supporters, including leaders in the biotechnology and life science industries, academia, associated nonprofit entities, and legal and venture communities. In the words of John Lechleiter, LSF Executive Board member, "The health and wealth of the nation depend upon successful innovation. LSF will enhance public understanding of this reality."