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Joe Panetta

President and CEO, Biocom

Joe Panetta is the CEO of Biocom, an association for life science companies and service providers, since 1999. In addition to his San Diego headquarters, Panetta recently opened offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as expanding membership to 235 firms in the Bay Area and creating partnerships with AusBio in Australia and the city of Kobe, Japan, to further international life science ties with California. In 2016, Joe Panetta was recognized for “Visionary Leader” for the UPAC Leadership Award and in 2017 received the 2017 LEAD San Diego’s Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration.

ALMA MATER: LeMoyne College, University of Pittsburgh

BUCKET LIST: Would like to learn how to speak Japanese.

ADVICE: “I was told to hire people who are smarter than me and work hard. Then, get out of their way unless they need my advice.”

AFTER HOURS: He enjoys collecting watches.

OUTREACH: Partners with the American Cancer Society and co-chaired their past two annual galas.