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The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication

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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
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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
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Headlines & Events from WBBA and its Members and Partners

The latest in life sciences

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Members in the News

Participants Needed for the Smart Quit iPhone App Study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Press Release
Michael Hammerschmidt Named VP for Development of the Life Sciences Foundation | Press Release
Honoring the champions of WA’s health care industry at the 2013 Leaders in Health Care Awards | Press Release
IDRI Named Outstanding Global Health Organization | Seattle Business Magazine
Adaptive Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Robert Hershberg of VentiRx | Press Release
UW Spinoff Resolve Therapeutics Lures In Takeda, Lines Up Return | Xconomy
Pfizer in push for new R&D drug deals in China | FierceBiotech
Fred Hutchinson researchers identify variations in genes that associated with colorectal cancer | Press Release
IDRI Leprosy Diagnostic and IDRI President Steve Reed Featured in National News | New York Times and Vaccine Nation
Sage Bionetworks Absorbs Dream, Plans Open Science ‘Challenges’ | Xconomy
Eli Lilly expands its partnership with Qiagen, in a new agreement for companion diagnostics | FierceMedicalDevices
Seattle Genetics Gets $138M in First-Year Sales of Cancer Drug | Xconomy
INVISTA and Arzeda enter agreement to develop bio-derived raw materials | Press Release
Alder Biopharma Looks to Take On Migraines, and the World | Xconomy
HSSA opens research grants for year-round application; funds research in end-tage renal care | Press Release
BioLife Solutions Announces Q4 Revenue | Press Release

Would you like to post a story in the Summer 2013 Issue of The Life Science Innovator? 

Send your press release or announcement to WBBA's newsletter team by June 1, 2013 for projected publication date of June 15, 2013.

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Community Calendar

The RANK/RANKL/OPG Pathway: From Discovery to Drug

Event Sponsor: Association for Women in Science
Date of Event: March 20, 2013
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Brief Description of Event: Please join Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) for our March 20th program sponsored by

Speaker: Allison Jacob - Scientist, Therapeutic Innovation Unit (TIU), Amgen—Seattle

Registration is NOT required for this event – as there is no space limitation!

Event Schedule:

6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Introductions and Presentation

*Please enter through Thomas Building*
*All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members*
*Free Visitor Parking*

Train the Evaluator: Office Ergonomic Srceens

Event Sponsor: HealthPoint
Date of Event: March 15-29, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM- 3:15 PM
Where: Renton, WA

Brief Description of Event: “Train the Evaluator: Office Ergonomic Screens©” is an HRCI approved class for 15 (general) recertification credit hours is back (upgraded from 12.5 general recertification credit hours)held on March 15, 22, and 29, 2013 from 9:00am – 3:15pm each day. Learn how to conduct office ergonomic interventions to improve employee comfort & productivity, prevent workers compensation claims, and make smarter equipment purchases for your organization.

The Division of Hematology and Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine: “Personalized Medicine: The Promise and the Challenge”

 Event Sponsor: Washington Research Foundation
Date of Event: March 21, 2013
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM, Reception to follow at 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: Orin Smith Auditorium SLU Campus (850 Republican St.) and SLU Administration Bldg Reception Lounge

The Division of Hematology and Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine University of Washington presents a public lecture on “Personalized Medicine: The Promise and the Challenge.” The speaker will be Urs Albert Meyer, M.D. Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Xconomy Forum: Biotech in the Belt-Tightening Era

Event Sponsor: Xconomy, Cooley LLP, Fenwick & West LLP
Date of Event: April 9, 2013
Time: 2:00-5:30 PM
Where: Northeastern University Seattle, 401 Terry Ave N.

Brief Description of Event:
Payers didn't have much power in biotech's old days. Back then, biotech companies that offered patients important new drugs, devices or diagnostics could essentially impose high prices on U.S. health insurers. Getting data to win over the FDA, physicians, and shareholders was what counted. But payers are becoming increasingly powerful, as the Affordable Care Act heads toward full implementation, and employers everywhere are pushing for an end to runaway healthcare spending. Life science investors now increasingly want to know how the new products in the pipeline of today will thrive in the cost-constrained environment of tomorrow. Join Xconomy for a series of chats with biotech and healthcare economics leaders who are seeking products that add meaningful value to the healthcare system, not just more cost.

Confirmed Speakers:
Mitch Gold, Founder and Chairman, Alpine Biosciences
Mark Litton, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Alder Biopharma
Al Luderer, CEO, Integrated Diagnostics
Kim Popovits, CEO, Genomic Health
Scott Ramsey, Director, ICORE/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Chad Robins, CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Clay Siegall, CEO, Seattle Genetics
Risa Stack, General Manager, GE Healthymagination

Tickets are transferable but not refundable. Click here to learn more or buy tickets.

Institute for Systems Biology Presents the 12th Annual Symposium: Systems Biology & the Brain

Event Sponsor: Institute for Systems Biology
Date of Event: April 14-15, 2013
Time: 8 AM-5 PM
Where: 401 Terry Ave North

Brief Description of Event: Join a distinguished group of researchers and experts in Seattle for Institute for Systems Biology’s (ISB) 12th Annual Symposium, a two-day dialogue about the brain and how using a systems approach can help decipher some of its complexities. The Symposium will take place on April 14-15, 2013, at ISB’s state-of-the-art facilities in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. We welcome all who are interested in hearing from brain researchers from institutions such as University of Utah, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, Rockefeller University, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Salk Institute, Institute for Systems Biology, Emory University, and more.

MDMA 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington DC

Event Sponsor: MDMA 2013
Date of Event: April 15-17, 2013
Time: 8 AM - 5 PM
Where: Washington, DC

Brief Description of Event: Plan to attend MDMA’s 2013 Annual Meeting in our Nation’s Capital, April 15-17, 2013. MDMA’s Annual Meeting will cover key issues impacting the United States’ leadership position in med tech innovation, and how we can all help shape the regulatory and legislative agendas. This year’s focus will address the critical role that medical technology plays in improving the quality of life and reducing the costs of care.

•    Engage industry executives, government officials and expert panelists on critical issues
•    Hear first-hand updates on the latest news and must have information for med-tech CEOs
•    Build relationships while networking with over 200 med-tech CEOs and senior executives
•    Meet with your Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill

Attendees will get a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with Congressional leaders and staff to address regulatory and policy concerns. Register today!

BIO 2013 International Convention: Early Bird Registration Ends March 14

Event Sponsor: BIO
Date of Event: April 22-25, 2013
Time: All Day
Where: Chicago, IL

Join your colleagues April 22-25 in Chicago for the
2013 BIO International Convention. One of the most influential biotech meetings in the world, BIO’s flagship event attracts more than 16,500 attendees from 65 countries and provides a wide array of education, exhibits and networking opportunities — including more than 25,000 partnering meetings during the 4-day event.  Register by March 14 at and save up to 30%.

Learn more about Convention highlights, BIO One-on-One Partnering, educational sessions and networking opportunities by browsing the 2013 online brochure. If you have never attended BIO, check out the New Attendee insert on page 17  to learn how to get the most from your experience at the Convention.  

Partnering – with BIO One-on-One Partnering, access delegate profiles from over 3,000 companies and request face-to-face meetings at the Convention. When those meetings are confirmed, BIO's proprietary technology will ensure that each is placed on your schedule, based on your availability.

Education – 2 amazing keynotes luncheons , 6 super sessions, 125 educational breakout sessions and a variety of special programs – many of these eligible for continuing education credits. Education Access starts at $595.

Exhibition - The BIO Exhibition showcases industry giants, emerging companies and exciting new innovations. For just $199, visit with 2,000+ exhibitors in 60+ pavilions and targeted zones including BioProcess, Clinical Trials, Discovery Zone (R&D) and the Alliance Pavilion featuring Academics and Patient Groups.

Networking – dozens of activities, both formal and informal, to facilitate peer interaction. See how BIO helps you get connected in this 90 second video .

Learn more about the 2013 BIO International Convention or register now at Early bird rates end March 14.


 Give BIG 2013- The Seattle Foundation

Event Sponsor:  The Seattle Foundation
Date of Event: 
May 15, 2013

Brief Description:
First held in 2011, The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG challenge is a unique, one-day, annual, online challenge encouraging residents of King County to make a donation to a local nonprofit of their choosing. Every contribution is increased by funds provided by The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors. GiveBIG is an opportunity to benefit more than 1,400 local nonprofits.

To learn more, visit
The Seattle Foundation online or email


Event Sponsor:  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date of Event:  August 9-11, 2013
Location: Gasworks Park, Seattle

Brief Description: We are creating a movement of people committed to obliterating cancer and saving lives faster. It culminates in a memorable, inspiring bike ride August 9-11, 2013 that is quintessentially Northwest. And thanks to our sponsors, 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to research so the more money we raise as a community, the closer we are to a cure. It’s going to take all of us. Join the movement. Ride. Donate. Volunteer. Tell others. Ending cancer starts here.  Register for the ride.  Donate to the ride.

Be sure to check the calendar every week as new events are always being added!

WBBA members are invited to submit upcoming events for free by completing the online form.

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