WASHINGTON, D.C. May 2, 2022: SMI announces that Evan Dorner has joined the firm as a Director, where he will bolster the life sciences practice area. Dorner is a former senior Congressional staffer and most recently, Director of Federal Government Relations at California Life Sciences.

“Evan is an accomplished life sciences advocate who understands how the legislative and regulatory processes can make a real difference in advancing lifesaving treatments and technologies,” said Bill McCann, SMI’s President.   “In addition, Evan understands how to use the appropriations process to provide research and clinical funding.   He’s a tremendous addition to the SMI life sciences team.”

At California Life Sciences, Dorner advocated at the Federal level for California’s innovative life sciences sector including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies, venture capital firms, research universities and institutes, as well as the sector’s nearly 350,000 California employees. Prior to his time at California Life Sciences, Dorner served as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31), a member of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC), where he led health care, education, labor, agriculture, financial services, legislative branch, and the Committee on House Administration. Dorner began his career working on Congressman Aguilar’s 2014 elect campaign as a Finance Assistant.

Dorner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gonzaga University.

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