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WBBA Newsletter Archive [Spring 2013] [03/14/2013]
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The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication

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WBBA Industry Working Groups

Connect with your peers to meet the unique challenges your Organization faces.

HR Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member HR professionals, no service providers)

You are invited to join over 50 of your HR colleagues from WBBA member companies, as we network, share ideas and exchange information about the challenges and issues we encounter while working in the biotechnology and biomedical fields. The Human Resources Group offers a variety of ways to connect with your colleagues. This is an excellent way to learn up-to-date information from professionals within our industry. You do not need to have an HR title in order to attend these meetings; you simply need to perform the human resources function for your company.

Join the group!

Clean Science Group
(Open to any WBBA member interested in clean science and sustainability)

The goal of the WBBA Clean Science Group is to have a variety of representatives of the region's life science community dialoguing about solutions to minimize the impact of our scientific pursuits on the region. We also want to educate each other on the systems that are currently available to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and the associated costs of such systems. Biotech is an industry reliant on sterile, one-use products to ensure high quality research. This process generates a lot of waste. Is biotech doing everything it can to reduce waste, and increase recycling? Are we sacrificing the health of our planet for the health of people? Is there a way to create science that is clean and healthy for both the planet and for the people we are trying to heal? Are you interested in dialoguing about creating clean science? If so, then join the WBBA Clean Science Group on LinkedIn. We would like to have participation from various groups in the lab including facilities, operations, and lab managers. Together, we can help heal people, progress science and have a healthy place to live.

Join the group!

Supply Chain Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Supply Chain/Purchasing professionals, no service providers)

This group offers supply chain, purchasing, and sourcing professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at

Join the group!

Facilities/Engineering Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals, no service providers)

This group offers Facilities and Engineering professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at

Join the group!

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Letter from the President

Chris Rivera

Almost a quarter of 2013 has passed and the WBBA’s effort to import and expand Capital (human, intellectual and financial) to Washington’s life science community is off to a very strong start. 

We began the year at the JP Morgan Health Care conference in San Francisco, hosting a suite for our members to use for the second year.  The reception that we hosted on Sunday night was packed, and the suite was booked solid all week with 1:1 meetings, as our members were working hard to bring more investments and partners to Washington. 

Our efforts to bring more financial capital to Washington are in full swing.  Read more about WINGS, our VIP Forums and our efforts to help members secure Non-Dilutive Funding here!  In addition, we were very pleased that 100 members were able to get nearly $200,000 in free lab supplies through our partnership with Ingenium. This was a tremendous event that we hope to be able to offer from time to time. >>Read more - Letter from the President

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Value of Membership

Working together for better health

More than 30 new members have already joined WBBA since the start of 2013! WBBA is now one of the nation's largest state life science associations.

Learn more about the newest WBBA members and join us in welcoming them!

Member Spotlight- The Conafay Group

The Conafay Group assists clients in harnessing the power of the federal government, as well as philanthropic, non-profit, academic and commercial entities, to advance their business objectives. We specialize in representing breakthrough medical technologies to the federal government and associated stakeholders. Since 2003, our team has helped clients secure over $250 million in federal grants, contracts and in-kind services.

They create and execute dynamic strategies on behalf of clients which facilitate:

  • Non-Dilutive Funding
  • Business-to-Business Partnering
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Federal Marketing
  • Health Policy Advocacy
  • Coalition Management

The Conafay Group was created by Stephen Conafay, former Principal at Fabiani & Company, and his team from the Bio-Life Sciences Practice. They have an intimate understanding of the non-dilutive funding landscape, healthcare and innovation policy, federal government needs and priorities, and commercial/institutional partnering opportunities. The organization's strength lies in putting this knowledge behind clients’ technology, to work. The Conafay Group is pleased to join the WBBA, long recognized as the leading economic development engine for the life sciences throughout the Pacific Northwest. The WBBA is a perfect partner for the growth of our consulting firm from “the other Washington” (D.C.) into this region, and to help demonstrate the value-add of our range of consulting services.

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Purchasing Program

Services to help you grow.  Resources to help you thrive.
Are you taking full advantage of your membership? Check out the latest deals offered by our Purchasing Partners!

WBBA’s Purchasing Program offers discounts with 20 service providers and suppliers for both companies and individuals. Every employee within a Member Organization can take advantage of the savings! Last year, we saved 200 of our participating Members over $5M. Join your colleagues and start saving today with service providers like Office Depot, VWR, FedEx, and many more! Download our new Purchasing Program postcard and visit all of our partners online to realize the many ways you can save your organization time and money.

If you are not taking advantage of our services to help you grow and resources to help you thrive, contact Blythe Price to find out more.

Purchasing Partners Spotlight- Wells Fargo Insurance Services

By leveraging the collective purchasing power and relationships of the WBBA, members can take advantage of preferred pricing and administrative discounts.

The WBBA Benefit Program was specifically designed to provide life science companies in Washington state with cost savings, access to high quality and wide-ranging benefits, outstanding customer service and great choices for employees. Through its partnership with WBBA, Wells Fargo Insurance offers exclusive arrangements with selected carriers that enable the delivery of health insurance and related products and services to members at volume discounts. In addition, they have negotiated preferred rates to reduce the cost of employee benefit plans without compromising the level of coverage. Equally important, Wells Fargo provides members with a comprehensive benefit package that is sensitive to employees’ diverse needs and responsive to corporate competitive pressures. Consumer-driven health plans enable employers to accurately predict their benefit expenditures.

For more information please contact the WBBA Benefit Program Manager Nathan Edmondson at 206.892.9576 or


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Upcoming Events

April 10: Washington as an Antibody Hub

April 10: Mobile Health In the Market, In the Lab and In Between

April 18: Pub Night at Bellevue Brewing Company

May 23: Life Sciences Leadership Summit and Board Meeting at WSU, Spokane

View all upcoming WBBA events

Download and print the 2013 at-a-glance calendar!

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Advertise with the WBBA!

Want to advertise your company or event to thousands of people in the biotech sector? Advertise on the WBBA website or in our next newsletter!

WBBA's Online Career Center

Our Career Center is the resource for life science jobs in Washington State.

One of WBBA’s top priorities is to help recruit, retain and train the talent needed to grow life sciences in Washington. We are driving to connect an innovative workforce to our emerging and dynamic organizations committed to better health solutions.

Currently, there are over 65 life sciences positions posted in the WBBA online Career Center, all in Washington State. This year, employers have posted over 200 unique jobsVisit the Career Center today to find your next job in the life sciences sector.

Did you know that over 14,000 job searches have been conducted on our Career Center in 2012? If your company has openings, WBBA's Career Center is the best resource for qualified candidates within the life science industry.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available

The events, programs and actions of the WBBA are fueled by our members and sponsors. We are pleased to provide the 2013 Sponsor Prospectus for your consideration.  If you have any questions please contact Dennis Kroft at or 206.456.9565.

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WBBA uses social media to interact with our members and thought leaders in the life sciences. Visit us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest business to business links and head to our Facebook and YouTube pages to view pictures and videos of our events. As our industry grows, you can't afford not to be part of the conversation.


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