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WBBA Newsletter Article [Letter from the President] [Spring 2013] [03/14/13]
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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.

Our Legislative Day in Olympia was also a big success. We met with over 30 legislators, as well as Governor Inslee. 

On the Human capital front, the first Lab to Leader training for 2013 was very well attended.  If this is a program that you or your colleagues would like to attend, there will be another program in the fall.  We are also looking at offering more career development programs for our members later in the year, so stay tuned!

Bio on the Vine was a smashing success!  Steve Roberts, author of The Wine Trails of Washington was our host, and the turnout was outstanding.  Please look at our website for future networking events in 2013. 

Our biggest event of the year is always, Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW).  2013 is looking to be the biggest and best LSINW ever!  We have already secured our keynote, John Crowley, founder, chairman and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics.  The name John Crowley might ring a bell if you ever saw the movie Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser (playing John); it was based on John’s efforts to save his children’s life. John ultimately founded Novozymes, which developed a lifesaving drug for patients with Pompe’s disease.  We are very excited that John will join us and share his story as a perfect example of why we all do this work for the wellbeing of our communities.

But, that is not all!  Our LSINW expert panelists will discuss topics like; mergers & acquisitions, starting up your own company, how to raise money in a tough economy, the power of public and private partnerships and where information technology is taking life sciences in the next decade!

Speakers are already confirmed from some of the world’s largest and most highly respected Limited Partners (LPs), VCs, payers, research institutes, health care IT experts and non-profits and strategic partners like: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck, GSK, Novartis and Abbott Diagnostics to name a few.  This is an event you cannot miss, so please tell your friends and colleagues to attend and check out our website!

Make sure that you also check out our 2013 activity calendar, you don’t want to miss any of the great events, or opportunities to network or to be a sponsor this year.

I would like to thank all of you for an outstanding beginning to 2013! Without our incredible members, the WBBA would not be able to provide the support that is contributing to one of Washington’s largest and fastest growing industries.

I look forward to seeing each of you in the upcoming days.  Stay tuned to additional events and activities by following us at, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


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