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WBBA Newsletter Archive [Summer 2013] [06/13/2013]
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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.

Communicators Group
(Open to ALL WBBA Members)

The goal of this group is to give people who are responsible for “getting the word out” for their respective organizations a closed-forum to discuss the unique issues, problems and challenges that face the people within these organizations who are charged with fulfilling the role of communications, public relations, marketing, community outreach and investor relations, whether by specific title or by having it as one of their responsibilities.

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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
(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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Letter from the President

Chris Rivera

Can you believe that 2013 is almost half over?

Q2 was as busy as our first quarter.  We hosted several events like Washington as an Antibody Hub, Mobile Health: In the Market, In the Lab and In Between and a breakfast meeting at this year’s BIO International Convention, where 75 attendees from all over the globe came to hear about life sciences in Washington state!  We also hosted Johnson & Johnson for our latest VIP Forum, and hosted another WINGS investor dinner.  Our 4th annual Life Science Leadership Summit in Spokane was a big success, with more than 100 attendees from across the state, including company executives, government officials and some of the leading research institutions in the state!

It is that time of year that our attention is really focused on Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW).  LSINW is our largest event of the year, with nearly 1000 attendees from all over the world coming to Seattle to meet with the leading life science innovators in the Pacific Northwest. 

>> Read more - Letter from the President

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Value of Membership

Working together for better health

Nearly 110 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 Professional Science Master's Degree at Washington State Univeristy

Washington State University launched the state’s first online Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program in 2010, designed to equip scientists with the professional skills and credentials needed to advance their careers. The PSM is available online and on the Pullman campus through the School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The degree consists of science course work, professional course work and a business internship, which replaces the thesis component of a master’s program. Through interdisciplinary training, students learn to become leaders and managers in a professional environment.

The program has grown exponentially since its inception. “We are really pleased with the growth of the program,” said Norah McCabe, clinical associate professor of molecular biosciences and director of the PSM program. “The program not only helps place students in employment, but also helps WSU build crucial connections with Washington state businesses.”
Sally Francis, co-director of the PSM program for the Council of Graduate Schools, says employers in industry, the nonprofit sector and government are clamoring for employees with advanced training in STEM and professional skills.

Most PSM program directors say their graduates have no trouble finding jobs that pay well and make good use of their training. Graduates of the program have found that the degree adds a high level of business expertise to their credentials, making them more marketable in an evolving interdisciplinary job market.

Click here to find out more about the PSM program and to apply.

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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!  Grab your Golden Ticket

WBBA’s Purchasing Program offers discounts with 21 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- MedIntelliBase

The MedIntelliBase® team is proud to be in its second year as a valued partner in the WBBA Purchasing Program, offering medical business, market and competitive intelligence through in-the-cloud and now mobile intelligence management services to benefit all WBBA members.

MedIntelliBase gives you business intelligence you can use in the office, at home, or while mobile on the road or in transit. Cloud-based and pushed to you regularly, MedIntelliBase (MIB) customized industry, clinical research, technology and competitor intelligence, content management keep you current and informed on industry developments.  Need to solve competitive intel and content management problems? Visit

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WBBA members receive 15% discounts on all of our custom services. View our offerings below:

  • MIB Custom Business Intelligence Services
  • Industry News Alerts
  • Clinical Abstracts & Articles Alerts
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  • Clinical Trial Databases & Summary Reports
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Upcoming Events

Jun. 20: Film Screening- Extraordinary Measures. Inspired by LSINW Keynote Speaker, John Crowley


Aug. 22: WBBA Summer Social

Sept. 4 : VIP Forum with Eli Lilly

Sept. 9: WBBA Golf Invitational

Sept. 18: The Future is Now: P4 Medicine’s Healthcare Impact Today

View 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!

Available Laboratory and Office Space Real Estate

Contact Megan Jeffrey for information on how to post your listings and monthly page sponsorship opportunities.

WBBA's Online Career Center and Internship Programs Page

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. Make sure to also check out our new page of WBBA Member-Based Internship Programs! 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.

Connect with WBBA
on Social Media


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.

Social Media Spotlight:

Follow @NU_Seattle for news about the high-demand graduate degrees in science and technology, business and nonprofit leadership, and healthcare and education offered by Northeastern University–Seattle. Daily postings highlight new opportunities and exciting events for students and members of the academic and life sciences communities.

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