President and CEO since 1999, Mr. Panetta has been responsible for leading Biocom’s efforts to position the regional life science community to achieve global success. Joe is active on various boards, business coalitions and committees addressing issues pertinent to the life science industry. In January 2014, Mr. Panetta was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, which serves as the governing and oversight Board for the CA Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and is responsible for providing grant funding under the $3 billion CA stem cell initiative. He is a past chairman of the board of the San Diego Workforce Partnership and sits on the boards of directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cleantech San Diego, and CONNECT. He is a member of advisory boards of the pharmacy school at UC San Diego, the engineering school at San Diego State University, and the college of science and mathematics at Cal State University San Marcos. Joe received a degree in Industrial and Environmental Health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Biology degree from Le Moyne College.