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WBBA Newsletter Article [Policy Matters] [Summer 2013] [06/13/13]
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 The Life Science Innovator 
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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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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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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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Policy Matters

City of Seattle

Washington State


Advocacy for WBBA Members

City of Seattle

South Lake Union Rezone

On March 19, the Seattle Times published an op-ed article written by WBBA President Chris River and Downtown Seattle Association President/CEO Kate Joncas, calling for the Seattle City Council to adopt the South Lake Union rezone that had been eight years in the making.  In Early May, the Council unanimously passed a compromise rezone bill for South Lake Union. South Lake Union’s development has been driven in large part by the ongoing growth of the life sciences industry in the community. WBBA will continue to monitor the story to protect global competitiveness and growth in the life sciences in the area.

Washington State

Governor Convened Special Session of the State Legislature

Governor Jay Inslee convened a special 30-day session of the state legislature on Monday, May 13. The legislator’s primary task is to agree upon and pass a two-year capital and operating budget for the period beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2015. If a budget resolution is not passed during the 30 days, the Governor will call another 30-day special session.

WBBA Needs Your Help in Preserving and Renewing Industry Tax Credits

The Washington state high tech (which includes life sciences) sales and use tax deferral and B&O R&D tax credits are under threat this legislative session and will expire at the end of 2014.  WBBA is working nonstop to preserve and renew the credits.  We need your help.  Our elected officials need to understand how the credits make a difference in your company or institution.  When WBBA reaches out to you to learn your story, please participate.  For more information contact Patti Tenney or WBBA’s public affairs intern Bevan Annaloro.

Register Today for WBBA's Annual Golf Invitational

If you love golf or just like golf, we have the best golf outing of the year for you. This year’s tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Fairwood Golf and Country Club.  Proceeds from the tournament support WBBA’s non-partisan political action committee BIOPAC.   

Register Today to Play and to take advantage of our Early Bird golf rates!

Thank you to Our Sponsors: 

PREMIER- Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;

LUNCHEON- BioMed Realty;

PHOTO – Seed IP Law Group, PLLC;

GOLF CART - Skanska;

GOLF SHIRT – Fenwick & West.  

More great sponsorships available! For more information please contact Patti Tenney (206-456-9566). For more information about the event, please contact Darcy Jacobson (206-456-9570).


Help WBBA Fight to Repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax

WBBA continues to work with national organizations AdvaMed and MDMA as well as members of our federal delegation to repeal the medical device excise tax. We thank Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Congressman Dave Reichert and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, for co-sponsoring H.R. 523, the repeal bill in the House of Representatives. We also thank Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell for voting for repeal. There’s still some distance to the finish line and that’s where you can help.  Visit and sign the petition calling for repeal of the 2.3 percent excise tax.

Strong and Secure IP Protections Needed in US Trade Agreements

WBBA signed a joint letter with the Washington Council on International Trade, the International Trade Alliance and Northeastern University to Acting US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis calling for strong and secure IP protection including, but not limited to, 123 years of data protection for biologics in any trade agreements going forward from the Pacific Rim to Europe.

BIO releases bioscience economic development report and guide

More state governors than ever attended the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago in April, verifying that competition for biotech jobs is fierce. A standing room only crowd listened to Governors Rick Perry of Texas, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Jay Nixon of Missouri along with Jack Lavin, Director of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, talk about what they were doing to attract, retain and grow the life sciences talent in their states. Following the Governors’ comments, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) released its Bioscience Economic Development: Legislative Priorities, Best Practices, and Return on Investment report. 

Biotechnology Industry Report 2013- Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young released their Biotechnology Industry Report Beyond borders: Matters of Evidence at the recent 2013 BIO International Convention.  

Make Medical Research a National Priority

Biomedical and health research fuels private sector innovation and the development of new therapies and devices to prevent and fight disease. Funding cuts threaten scientific discoveries that could lead to new therapies and potential cures for deadly disease. Read more about what you can do to help!

Advocacy for WBBA Members

One of the most important, but least known benefits of WBBA membership, is our advocacy and public policy work. WBBA’s strong, active Government Affairs Council works diligently to ensure a vigorous life science community here in Washington. Grassroots action can make all the difference on certain policy issues. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).


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