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WBBA Newsletter Article [New Members] [Spring 2013] [03/14/13]
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Affiliate Members

From Intention to Implementation: Health Care and Life Sciences; Regulatory and Corporate Guidance; Operations, Strategy, Partnering, Due Diligence and Leadership; Knowledge Advisory Services for Health Plans and Providers; Compliance and Leadership Training.

National Center for APEC

The National Center for APEC is a business association that coordinates private sector participation in the APEC process, which generally consists of advocating on behalf of the US business community on a number of issues, including health and life sciences, at policy meetings and creating opportunities for public policy experts and executives to engage with government officials in the Asia Pacific region ranging from working level officials to heads of state. Members typically consist of large corporations that are active in the region, including companies like Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Merck.

Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company. Conveniently located in 24 locations throughout the state, the SBDC offers a host of services designed to help you grow your business, achieve higher profits and improve operations. In 2010, small businesses in Washington State saw their sales decrease an average of 1 percent. But, clients who worked with SBDC advisors saw their sales increase an average of nearly 4 percent.

UK Government Office Seattle

The FCO promotes British interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. We are responsible for: safeguarding Britain's national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation and working to reduce conflict. We build Britain's prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services.

Washington State Patent Law Association

The Washington State Patent Law Association (WSPLA) is the leading organization for patent attorneys and other patent professionals in our state, providing a forum for patent and other intellectual property law issues, and serving as a valuable resource for patent attorneys, agents, educators, students, and owners of inellectual property. The mission of WSPLA's Community Education Committee is to advance the intellectual property understanding of inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and students.


Aerotek Scientific

Technical recruiting and staffing services within the life sciences, engineering and technology fields.

Agere Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Agere Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was established to provide state-of-art solutions to the development of poorly soluble compounds. Agere integrates comprehensive scientific knowledge and formulation expertise with innovative analytical methods and predictive computational tools to greatly de-risk compound progression. This results in the timely and cost effective development of challenging compounds. Customers access Agere technology using a wide variety of business arrangements including fee-for-service, co-development and cost-sharing, strategic alliance, and partnering opportunities.

Bench International

Bench International is a global certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBENC) retained executive recruiting and consulting firm serving the life sciences sector, exclusively since 1974. We pride ourselves as being one of the top executive recruitment providers for the sector, with a team that is deeply experienced and accomplished and has the content knowledge and expertise to translate and meet our clients' needs and expectations for executive talent. Our vision, simply put, is to make life-changing placements so our clients can change lives. Bench International is headquartered in Los Angeles,CA, with hubs in New York, Seattle, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia.

Benefit Solutions Plus

Employee benefits; Individual/family & Senior plans, including health/Medicare, dental, long term care, life, and final expense.

Brady and Company

Brady & Company, CPAs provides a full range of professional accounting services to both individuals and businesses. We give the same attention to all clients, no matter how large or small. The accounting, tax preparation, and other services we provide are tailored to the unique needs of each client, ensuring the best possible results and maximized returns. Our firm remains on the cutting edge of tax law and financial trends. We are well-informed and continually adapt to the ever-changing world of tax law and accounting.

Cayzen Technologies

Cayzen is a full service IT and management consulting organization creating sustainable results for our customers. We leverage our experience in technology, discipline in project management and expertise in different industries to improve our clients' business. Cayzen Technologies was formed with a goal to help its customers align information technology investments with business value. The Cayzen philosophy is to create market trust by delivering success and tangible business advantage in every engagement. Cayzen's corporate values and service offerings are modeled in principles of trust. We don't just become a vendor and a record in your accounts payable system, we become an essential part of your business value chain. The Cayzen team can engage with you at any stage of your organization or project lifecycle and help you deliver results which enable you to focus on your core business.

CFO2Go Inc.

CFO2Go provides part-time chief financial officers, controllers, accountants and bookkeepers to businesses in the Puget Sound area. Our business model works particularly well with the biotechnology industry, as most start-up companies in the industry do not have a need for full-time financial management. Our team of professionals includes those who have significant experience in the biotechnology industry and understand its unique financial complexities. Since we eliminate the frustrations of dealing with the financial side of your business, you have more time to spend on day-to-day business. Our solution is scalable; additional team members can be brought aboard for a specific project as-needed.

Covance Genomics Laboratory LLC

Covance offers a state of the art genomics center in Seattle, Washington that provides a full complement of technologies for assessing gene expression and sequence variation in preclinical and clinical programs. The Covance Genomics Laboratory (CGL) possesses a history of innovation, unrivaled experience and expertise, and broad technology capabilities including Affymetrix and Agilent RNA expression platforms, Genome Wide Association Study capabilities utilizing both Illumina and Affymetrix, custom multiplex genotyping with Illumina Bead Array technology and next-generation DNA sequencing with the Illumina Genome Analyzer. CGL's optimized and automated processes provide capacity to meet the entire spectrum of genomic needs for multiple clients.

Focal Point Marketing, LLC

Focal Point Marketing & Multimedia combines state-of-the-art technology with industry-proven marketing strategies and media productions including high-definition television and radio commercials, web vignettes, print collateral, brand development, broadcast placement, electronic press kits, communications and web design.

GHB Insurance

GHB is the largest brokerage firm south of Tacoma specializing in Employee Benefits and Property/Casualty coverage. Our approach to insurance is straightforward. Life is complicated enough without having to decipher the mumbo jumbo that comes with buying insurance. From deductibles, to stop loss to EOBs to umbrella policy, GHB knows what they all mean and explains it to you in a language you will understand.

Intellisist, Inc.

Provider of a leading enterprise cloud platform for contact centers. The Spoken platform supports cost productivity, enables big data streams and extends a flexible integration model to replace, extend or integrate with any legacy infrastructure and software. Currently supporting over 14 million contact center minutes per month on the platform, Spoken delivers operational efficiency to the contact center and is a proven leader for a superior customer experience.


Laboratory instruments demand precision, repeatability and dependability. Laxco has many years of experience developing complex optical products for demanding industries of telecommunication, life sciences, electronics and industrial products. Our laboratory products come with a heritage of technical strength, prominent reputation of precision and cost effectiveness, while meeting customer needs. Our designs incorporate many innovative features, address issues others overlook and come with a strong industry standing.

Live Area Labs

Digital marketing services and ecommerce.

Needham & Company, LLC

Needham & Company is a full-service investment banking firm focused on growth companies and their investors. Needham is actively engaged in the public and private capital markets, with a 28-year track record of executing complex transactions and an accompanying reputation for excellence. 

PayneWest/Select Benefits Group

Insurance Broker


We are drug safety experts. Our highly experienced teams focus in safety technology systems, adverse event management and medical affairs. Sentrx solutions are customized, integrated and scalable to improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve flexibility. Our experience is unmatched, built over 15 years serving a broad range of bio-pharmaceutical clients, including CROs.

Teknologize, LLC

A Technology Consulting Firm providing Information Technology management to small and mid-sized businesses.

The Conafay Group

The Conafay Group develops and executes government affairs strategies for the life sciences sector. We specialize in representing breakthrough medical technologies to the federal government. Our professionals build congressional and federal agency support to achieve client objectives in federal funding and policy advocacy. The federal government can be a significant resource to advance the business objectives of life sciences companies. The Conafay Group helps companies realize the value of working with the government by facilitating: Federal funding; Public-private partnerships; Federal marketing; Health policy advocacy; Coalition management and Ally development.

Velocity Partners, LLC

Velocity Partners, LLC provides custom software development solutions using Lean/Agile methodologies.

Vitolo Co.

Established in 1991, the Vitolo Company is a privately owned company offering employee benefits, executive insurance and financial services. Our mission is to establish long-term relationships by providing superior service and delivering optimal risk management solutions, using economic cost/benefit analysis.


Durable Therapeutics

Durable Therapeutics is developing drugs with extended tissue residence time, in order to treat osteoarthritis and other disorders.

Genimbi, Inc.

Genimbi is a novel platform that enables Genomic Medicine through unprecedented technologies. A paradigm shift in genomic cloud computing facilitates a profoundly improved user experience that combines state-of-the-art solutions with a highly intuitive user interface and stunning visualizations. Our decentralized system provides inherent security, while enabling access from virtually any modern internet device. Genimbi means performing Genomic Medicine without the burden of dealing with massive technological challenges resulting from Big Data. Genimbi makes you the expert; instantly, seamlessly and efficiently. We aim to close the gap between sophisticated bioinformatics analysis and clinical relevance. Genimbi presents the future of genomics at your fingertips today.

Genzyme, a Sanofi Company

Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for over 30 years. Founded in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, Genzyme evolved from a tiny start-up with just a handful of employees to one of the world's leading biotech companies. Acquired by Sanofi in 2011, Genzyme now benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients.

Heapsylon LLC

We believe that in the near future each piece of clothing, garments and accessories will become computers. Heapsylon delivers on this vision by designing and developing body-sensing solutions that improve people's lives.

Novita Therapeutics

At Novita Therapeutics, we are developing innovative new drugs and medical devices to help people live longer, healthier lives.

Oncotherapy Solutions LLC

Oncotherapy Solutions LLC is a small start-up biotech company focused on developing novel anti-cancer drug candidates for the treatment of solid tumors. The company is currently in a virtual status and will have a physical location at Icogenex Building in Seattle upon approval of its Phase I SBIR grant applications.

Peter Myers, MD

Peter Myers, MD is a medical device inventor who currently has two products to offer for development: the Surgical LightGlove, a modified latex surgical glove which incorporates fiberoptics allowing for a clear white light to be delivered to the surgeon's fingertips; and the StikiCath, a venous angiocatheter with an adhesive backing so that the catheter sticks to the skin surface.

Precision Image Analysis

PIA helps doctors interpret diagnostic images faster and at a lower cost by shifting labor-intensive post-processing tasks to technicians.


Rosetta@Cloud offers affordable, cloud-based pay-per-use molecular modeling and related services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. The basis of these services is the Rosetta software, a well-established computational software suite with a variety of tools developed for macromolecular modeling, structure prediction and functional design.

SharpArrow, LLC

SharpArrow LLC is a leading innovator and developer of laser-based medical devices and equipment. Its patent-pending technologies enable surgeons to perform surgeries without exposing the patient to thermal injuries and risks associated with high electrical current.

S-Ray Incorporated

S-Ray Incorporated is developing a suite of dental products based on a patented method of using ultrasound.

Zwitter Technology, LLC

Zwitter Technology specializes in ultra-low fouling zwitterioinic functional polymers and coatings for biofouling control.


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