From advising the National Academy of the Sciences on biotechnology policy to testifying before congressional committees on international trade issues, Joseph Panetta's influence as head of Biocom reaches beyond the San Diego area.
Panetta is president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Biocom, the association representing more than 450 biotechnology, medical device and bioagriculture companies in the region. Under his direction, the association's membership has doubled and revenue has risen from $700,000 to more than $3 million. He is also chairman and founding member of national and international biotechnology committees like the International Biotechnology Forum, and he has been a delegate to the Global Consultation on Safety in Biotechnology under the U.N. Environmental Program.
In the area, he is on the boards of directors of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce; San Diego World Trade Center; and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp, among others.