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WBBA Newsletter Article [New Members] [Summer 2013] [06/13/13]
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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.

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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Affiliate Members

American Cancer Society Action Network

ACS CAN advocates to finish the fight against cancer at all levels of government.

Downtown Spokane

Downtown Spokane has experienced amazing growth and revitalization over the last decade with $3.7 billion in new investment. Downtown is becoming a 24-hour city with incredible shopping, world class entertainment, the region's best dining, high-tech investment and the area's undisputed office address. We offer unique urban outdoor opportunities centered around the Spokane River, a growing First Friday Art & Retail walk and new and familiar events. There's something for everyone in Downtown Spokane! Come be a part of it!

Garnet Advisors

Licensing Executives Society

The Seattle Chapter is one of over 35 LES Chapters in LES (USA & Canada.) LES Chapters are located throughout USA and Canada in areas with concentrations of LES Members and licensing professionals. The Seattle Chapter, under the direction of the Chapter Leadership hold regular meetings where LES Members and outside speakers give presentations on topics relevant to technology transfer and licensing. Register for an upcoming Seattle Chapter event or view past events.

Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute

Founded in 2007, the Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) is a nonprofit Oregon Signature Research Center and organization that facilitates scientific collaboration and the commercialization of new bioscience discoveries.

Associate Members

Alliance Nursing

Since 1989, Alliance Nursing has been providing excellent nursing care for medically fragile adult and pediatric clients, in their homes, throughout Western Washington. Alliance Nursing also provides around-the-clock skilled nursing for adults in three Adult Family Homes located in Kirkland, Lynnwood and Snohomish. We partner with each client and family we serve, for the best possible outcomes. Alliance Nursing is accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP). Toll Free 800-473-3303.

Ballard Agency, Inc.

For over 50 years, the Ballard Agency has helped companies of all size manage their risks and purchase the insurance they need. We assist our clients in obtaining Property and Casualty, Product liability, clinical trials, Directors and Officers, employment practice and cyber/Data breach coverage. We work closely with our clients to make sure they understand what they are buying and what is available in the marketplace.

Blend Consulting

BLEND was started by consultants with decades of management consulting experience, working primarily in the Life Sciences Industry. We decided it was more important to focus on specific IT needs rather than try to be everything to everyone. While at the Big 5 consulting firms, we realized that our relationships with the clients was too distant, too corporate. We like to have a more personal relationship, one built on confidence and trust. We like to think of ourselves as smoke-jumpers. We are the specialists that are brought in to fix an impossible problem, and to allow your team to become productive again. We accomplish this by working closely with you and your team; by providing guidance, not simply handing over the fix. We want to empower our clients, not alienate them. We have over 20 years of consulting experience as Global Systems Integrators, focusing on Enterprise Systems Architecture, Technical Program Management, Solution and Business Architecture, and Business Development.

Case Marine, Inc.

Manufacture reverse osmosis units for marine and shore industries.

Commissioning Agents, Inc.

We make your mission our mission, putting your interests first and routinely going the extra mile to meet your needs.  Our specialized and experienced teams take ownership of a project and proactively manage it, focusing on the successful completion of tasks on schedule and within budget. We don’t just talk the consultant talk, we roll up our sleeves and deliver real results - troubleshooting complex equipment problems, helping your manufacturing staff improve operations, or meeting diverse business and regulatory requirements.

Corporate Traveler

At Corporate Traveler we believe business travel should be personal. That's why you'll only ever receive dedicated service from travel managers you can work with closely. You can rely on us 24/7 for support and assistance and you can trust us with every aspect of your travel management. With Corporate Traveler your business will have its own travel manager or team. As part of our company-wide philosophies, our teams are specifically designed to be small and focused. We are always there when you need us. This even includes our most senior leaders, who are continuously involved with our people and your business. Working to a pre-determined 'Service Level Agreement', our carefully selected people will bring best practice to the way you travel.

Digital Insurance

Why choose Digital Insurance to help develop your company's employee benefits plan? It's simple. We will save you time and money. You'll benefit from the same robust resources, price advantages and proprietary solutions that large organizations receive.

ETI Group

Our mission at ETI Group is to help our clients improve profitability and competitiveness. We offer a broad range of consulting, training, and support services to do just that. Our consultants are highly skilled and trained, with many years of real-world experience.

Equinox Business Law

Equinox Business Law Group PLLC is a business law firm that uniquely combines legal advice with real-world business experience, enabling business owners to make decisions that balance opportunity and risk. We give clients the advantages of a big firm and the responsiveness of a local partner at a predictable cost. Because we are as committed to your needs and goals as you are, you never have to worry about missing an important business opportunity. Hundreds of growing businesses throughout Washington have relied upon the experience and savvy of Equinox business attorneys to make the right decisions for their business' future. See what we can do for you!


With over 90 scientific and engineering disciplines, Exponent’s staff of approximately 900, located in 20 offices throughout the nation and 5 international offices, combines unparalleled technical expertise with the ability, when necessary, to focus this knowledge in extremely short time frames. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants will perform either in-depth scientific research and analysis, or very rapid-response evaluations, to provide our clients with the critical information that both day-to-day and strategic decisions can require.  Exponent is certified to ISO 9001.

Gallus BioPharmaceuticals

Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of world-class contract manufacturing and development services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. We empower customers to improve patients’ lives by leveraging our deep experience in process optimization and manufacturing with the proven ability to simplify complex technical and scalability challenges while maintaining an exemplary global regulatory record.


Strategic Advisory Firm that builds links with companies globally.

Haakenson Group

Haakenson, in business since 1982, started by providing furnishings and related services to various Federal Government agencies. We developed a wide breadth of expertise from the many disciplines within the Government. This entailed military, top secret, emergency operations centers, fire stations, dormitories, administrative, educational, healthcare and research centers. The varying project timelines made us flexible, creative and deadline conscious. We’ve outfitted everyone from a 4-Star general to a private first class.

Illingworth Research

Founded as Clinical Development & Support Services Ltd (CDSS)  in 1998, Illingworth Research is a Clinical Research Organisation (CRO) providing a wide range of clinical development services to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotechnology and medical device industries. We are experts in the management of Phase I to IV clinical trials across many different therapeutic areas.

The Inception Group, LLC

MLS Technologies, Inc.

We repair, refurbish, upgrade and maintain gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectrophotometry for all Hewlett Packard and Agilent equipment. We also sell parts and consumables and provide training on software and equipment management.

MassMutual Financial Group

Molly O. Lanzinger

Insurance Agent.

Navigating Cancer

SaaS offering for patient portals for oncology clinics.

Nystrom Olson Architecture

Architecture and Design Firm.

OneBeacon Technology Insurance

OneBeacon Technology Insurance. Technology is all we do; period. Expertise; innovation; service; financial strength. All things you expect from your insurance company. But at OneBeacon Technology Insurance, we’re more than just underwriting experts. We’re technology specialists who understand the financial investment you’ve made in your business and the unique risks you face. Our business is protecting yours.

Patheon Inc.

Patheon is a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with a 37 year history providing services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Our capabiltiies include product formulation, clinical manufacturing, analytical development, clinical packaging and commerical manufacturing. We have capabilities with over 40 different dosage forms, e.g. oral solids, controlled release, liquids & topicals and injectables (liquid lyo and pre-filled syringe). Patheon has 15 facilities located in North America and Europe and we supply the global market. Our quality record is one of the best in the industry.

Paychex Insurance Agency

Insurance services.


ProvenOps assists laboratory teams with the demands of an ever-changing laboratory landscape, including business plan development, regulatory compliance, assay development, facilities development, laboratory relocation and disaster recovery planning. We work with laboratories in all stages of development.

Square1 Bank

Founded in 2005 as a full service commercial bank focused on venture capital backed companies in the technology and life sciences sectors and the VC firms that fund them. Serving the entire United States from eight offices in major technology centers including San Diego, Palo Alto, Boston, Austin, Seattle, New York, Northern Virginia and Research Triangle Park.

Summit Law Group, PLLC

Summit Law Group rejected the traditional law firm model and started from scratch to design a modern law firm founded on a single principle: customer service. We formed Summit Law Group to revolutionize the way legal services are provided to law firm customers. Most law firms provide legal services in the same way that they did 25 years ago. Those firms focus on lawyers, not customers. Their practice model relies on large numbers of people billing large numbers of hours, often without regard for the value of the work to the customer. We reject that model. We believe that the market for legal services has dramatically changed in the last decade. Our mission is to think creatively and proactively in formulating the most effective and efficient solutions to your legal needs.

Terence L. Thornhill, Architect

Architectural firm.


Network monitoring.

Wax-it Histology Services

Wax-it Histology Services is a privately held preclinical histopathology contract research organization (CRO) providing general histology services (paraffin and frozen), immunohistochemistry (IHC) services (general IHC, antibody testing/validation, cross-reactivity studies), GLP histopathology for preclinical toxicology studies, biocompatibility testing, and resin sectioning for implantable medical devices and bone. Wax-it works with clients within the Biotech/Drug development, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Academic sectors. For more information, visit


A software development and consultation firm for the health care and biotech industry.

Core Members

Agile DiscoveryPartners

Agile DiscoveryPartners is a Seattle-based chemistry provider founded in 2012. We aim to provide value-added services to the life science community based on our experiences. We focus on the needs of start-up and "virtual"? biotech companies, academic and nonprofit research institutions. We maintain strict confidentiality, and provide total flexibility with respect to deliverables and business terms. Mission: to provide accountable, high quality, cost-effective and innovative Drug Discovery and Early Development Services to our life science community.

Applied Dexterity, Inc.

Applied Dexterity’s goal is to advance the field of robotically assisted surgery by creating a research surgical robot that fosters collaboration. Researchers can program and modify the RAVENTM system but it serves as a standard platform so that they can share their software and improvements. RAVEN is designed to be an extensible, robust, and programmable research tool to allow researchers in engineering, surgery, and computer science to experiment, innovate, and collaborate.

CVP Diagnostics

Ealasid Inc.

EpigenoMx, LLC

Fabion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fabion is a Seattle biotechnology startup focused on developing novel, best-in-class anti-cancer immunotherapeutics with exceptional efficacy and safety profiles to significantly improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. Fabion employs its proprietary multi-specific antibody technology platform to design therapeutics which simultaneously engage one or more tumor cell antigens and a patient's T cells to promote T cell mediated tumoricidal activity. Fabion's Fabe (Fusion of antibodies for effector cell retargeting) platform enables the rapid discovery and development of stable and robust therapeutics engineered to optimize efficacy and safety by enhancing the targeting of tumors over normal tissue while prolonging serum half-life.

Flash Sensor Technologies

Flash Sensor Technologies, Inc. (FST) is developing a next generation point-of-care diagnostic platform that will bring accurate, sensitive and inexpensive testing to the doctor's office. The FST platform enables multiple tests at low cost from a single sample of serum, blood, or saliva for improved diagnosis. The FST platform is highly automated enabling point-of-care use. Currently most diagnosis is through samples sent to clinical laboratories. The FST solution will provide results equivalent to the clinical laboratory in minutes, right in your doctor's office, resulting in better medicine.

Gemiini Systems

GemIIni Systems, Spokane, WA has created a Web-based communication therapy platform, first niched to Autism, which significantly accelerates language acquisition rates. It is also useful in language-related disorders such as Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Aural Rehabilitation. In general, all conditions where rote modeling of language is required will benefit from the use of GemIIni. Its underlying research-based science is already proven, and GemIIni trials "could legitimately be called a breakthrough." (Pullman Regional Hospital/Keri Jones, SLP-CCC) It has received testimonials from many of the top institutes, including Eden Clinic for Autism, and House Institute, for aural rehabilitation following cochlear implant surgery and other disorders of hearing.

Guide Analytics

Guide's home monitoring service for heart failure patients helps them live confidently in their homes, and stay out of the hospital. Guide leverages new technology and family relationships to help patients stick to their care plan, recognize exacerbation early, and make better decisions about how to respond. Patients wear an ankle bracelet, use a smart pill box, and interact with a mobile application. Guide uses these devices to monitor daily weight changes, ankle swelling, activity levels and medication doses. We issue reminders and alerts, present education topics and conduct surveys and simple stress tests as needed. Guide alerts family caregivers when patients depart from their care plan and alerts clinicians when changes in symptoms exceed threshold values. The anklet detects ankle swelling and activity levels. The pill box records dosage events. Using a mobile app, the patient records weight daily, occasionally answers questions about how they feel and performs modest activity testing as needed to collect diagnostic data. Data is regularly transmitted via Bluetooth 4.0 to a remote server. The Guide service analyzes the data in real time and routes messages to the patient, family or clinician.

HeatFlow Technologies, Inc.

Point-of-care clinical diagnostics and low-cost realtime qPCR systems.


HiveBio is a community supported Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology laboratory located in Seattle, Washington. Intended to be a non-profit organization, HiveBio is scheduled to open its doors to the Pacific Northwest DIYbio community in mid May of 2013. The purpose of this community-run lab is to give the currently scattered individuals of the Seattle DIYbio community a central hub to meet and share ideas, as well as provide an accessible and affordable lab space for members to carry out the research and experiments that they would not have the opportunity to do elsewhere.

Intelipedics, LLC

Inventprise, LLC

Inventprise is a new biotechnology company set up to effectively use technologies to improve vaccines that enhance the efficacy, safety, stability, and yields of biotechnological production processes to make vaccines better and cheaper.

JointMetrix Medical

We are bringing Remote Monitoring to Orthopaedics!

MagnetoOrganics, LLC

MagnetoOrganics LLC is an emerging startup company developing innovative life science solutions with applications throughout the diagnostic and life science industries. Based on a proprietary technology, MagnetoOrganics utilizes functionalized magnetic nanoparticles and automation to increase the efficiency of discrete bioassays by over 100x.

Malignext Targeting Technologies, Inc.

Materna Medical

Materna Medical is developing a medical device to prevent the pelvic damage women commonly suffer during childbirth.


Genetic Potential Through Nutrition.

Mimic Technologies, Inc.

Manufacturer or hardware and software to provide simulation training for surgeons doing robotic surgery.

NorthShore Bio

NorthShore Bio is a life sciences tools and services company. NSB is currently developing a unique silicon-based nanochannel molecular detection and analysis platform that dramatically changes the economics of obtaining molecular information.


Phytelligence provides better plants for commercial growers and nurseries. Phytelligence plantlets have superior viability, vitality, size, yield, consistency and robustness. These plantlets shorten the time between planting and producing fruit. Growers achieve better yields reduced costs and quicker revenues.

Photect, LLC

Prosetta Antiviral

Prosetta Antiviral, Inc. is an 8-year old biotechnology company developing novel small-molecule antiviral therapeutics based on over 25 years of basic research on the Cell-Free Protein Synthesizing Systems (CFPSS) by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington, Seattle. The incorporation of the CFPSS in our drug discovery platform, has lead to the identification of small molecules which disrupt or alter the key protein-protein interactions involved with the assembly of viral capsids (the protein shell that protects the DNA or RNA genome of a virus). Prosetta has successfully produced highly potent compounds which display activity against multiple strains of many viral families including lead series of molecules that are effective antiviral agents against Influenza, HIV and HCV.

Pyng Medical Corp.

Pyng Medical is dedicated to providing world class resuscitation products wherever critical care tools are needed: on the street, in the hospital, and on the battlefield. The first company to offer an adult intraosseous infusion device, Pyng continues to lead in resuscitation innovation with simple-to-use, and highly-effective products including FAST1® Intraosseous Infusion System, T-POD® Pelvic Stabilizer, and MAT® Tourniquet. The CRIC Cricothyrotomy System is currently under development. For more information contact

Sensor Medical Technology

Our proprietary manufacturing technology can produce medical optics of superior quality at less than 1/10 the cost of competitive devices.

SparkMedical, LLC

Squire Sleep Systems

The Squire Sleep System Is a highly adjustable therapeutic incline mattress replacement system contoured to the shape of your body. The revolutionary quintuple patented arm channel reduces stress on the shoulder joint and allows you to sleep MORE comfortably on your side.

Talaria, Inc.

Talaria, Inc. is committed to improving healthcare through technology. We develop research-based e-learning courses and customized clinical tools for providers, patients, and families. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates to create innovative products for healthcare industry leaders. We can help your organization: Implement training initiatives, and develop and track CME/CNE training Promote positive behavior change Enhance clinical skills Improve management and analysis of patient data We customize high-quality online educational tools to meet your training and assessment needs.

Ventec Life Systems, Inc.

Ventec LIfe Systems develops and manufactures revolutionary life-support ventilators that help care for patient's with respiratory disease. Ventec Life Systems is developing highly integrated and easy-to-use respiratory care products that will address unmet needs of patients and caregivers in homecare and alternate care settings; these products are enabled by the Company's novel pressure swing adsorption oxygen concentrator technology that has been demonstrated to achieve state-of-art performance.

Institution Members

Cancer Research and Biostatistics (CRAB)

CRAB's mission is to conquer cancer and other diseases through the application of biostatistical principles and data management methods. Our team provides: Statistical consultation on design and analysis of clinical trials, a cutting-edge web based system for data management, statistical analysis of genomic and proteomic data, and an independent statistical analysis of clinical trials for FDA approval. Led by John Crowley, Ph.D., CRAB has grown to 85 professionals who design and manage all aspects of clinical trials, from data analysis projects for biotechnology start-ups to the management of multi-center studies involving hundreds of sites and thousands of patients. CRAB has the expertise and experience to provide clinical trial services to biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical and research centers and NIH.

Chris Elliot Fund

We provide brain tumor patient/caregiver education, awareness,advocacy and support.

Investor Member

Second Avenue Partners LLC

Venture Capital



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