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WBBA Newsletter Archive [Fall 2013] [09/12/2013]
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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

Fall is here, where did the summer go?

Summer used to be a slow time of year for WBBA and our members; now it is one of our busiest seasons.

The highlight of this summer, was our largest event of the year, Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW)!  LSINW is a year in planning, and 2013 was our biggest and best event yet!  LSINW has grown in size and stature, and is North America’s largest life science exposition!  There were new features this year, including: Women to Watch, Jimi Helix & the Pipettes, as well as a record number of presenting organizations, one-to-one meetings, and excitement and energy!

I mentioned in my opening comments at LSINW that transactions have been picking up in our sector.  Since late May, there have been more than 20 transactions by Washington life science organizations, accounting for nearly $500 million coming into the state to fuel the innovation!

>> Read more - Letter from the President

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Value of Membership

Working together for better health

Nearly 40 new members have joined WBBA since June 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- Equinox Business Law

Equinox Business Law Group is a local law firm that believes every business deserves to have a proactive legal partner to help you grow your business -- legal counsel that is practical and responsive, empowers you with information, offers less complexity and commits to a predictable cost.  In short, we believe there is a better way for law firms to serve businesses.  

Like many firms, we work with our clients throughout their life cycle from startup through exit, handling transactions such as business formation, ownership agreements, financing transactions, employment matters, mergers & acquisitions, leases, trademark protection, copyright protection, online contracts, legal audits, succession and exit strategy, and estate planning.  Because our lawyers are also business people with experience in starting, operating, and exiting businesses, they are able to see the business implications of a decision and offer practical alternatives and solutions based on the goals and objectives of the business.    

In addition, we know cost-management is key for small and mid-sized businesses.  Our flexible engagement structures make legal fees predictable and transparent.  Our General Counsel packages and fixed-fee billing solutions allow you bring us into your decision making process without the fear of additional costs. Equinox also hosts monthly seminars for business owners and managers on topics ranging from business plan development and valuation to the impact of new laws and regulations. We will be co-hosting an event with Resourceful HR on September 24: Establishing HR Needs and Requirements While Keeping the Future Goals of Your Business in Mind at Agora, an Alexandria Conference Center in Seattle.  We invite you to join us!

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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!

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 over 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! 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- OpenSquare, "Your Workspace. Your workstyle."

Bank & Office Interiors and BarclayDean Environments are pleased to announce their new official business name, OpenSquare. OpenSquare offers integrated services, inspired workplace solutions and high-quality office furniture supporting diverse workstyles for a wide variety of businesses across the Pacific Northwest. The new name was selected to signify advancement beyond the cube with a focus on exceeding client expectations. The words convey the following:

•    Open-minded support of a variety of clients and workstyles
•    Opening up an array of possibilities for innovative workspaces
•    Open dialogue by sharing new ideas and solutions for the future

•    A foundational shape in architecture and art, opens to innovation
•    A town square symbolizes engagement and collaboration within the community
•    “Squared” represents the exponential value of providing extraordinary client experiences

“This new alliance is very exciting,” said Scott Harrison, OpenSquare Executive Director. “We are bringing together 140 years of expertise to inspire workspace innovation and provide clients with an extraordinary experience. Together we renew our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work.”

As a proud Steelcase Platinum Partner, OpenSquare engages Steelcase, customers and the community, to deliver exceptional value to the people and places they touch. Through Steelcase’s state-of-the-art products, vast research and knowledge about work environments and the ways people work, OpenSquare is armed with the tools to deliver extraordinary client experiences. OpenSquare establishes the highest industry standards for quality and performance in the Pacific Northwest.

Click here to find out more about OpenSquare


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Upcoming Events

October 9-10: ISO 13485 INTERNAL AUDITOR TRAINING                       


November 6: What the Future Holds for your Medical Device Company (Registration Coming Soon!)

November 6: WBBA Pub Night (Registration Coming Soon!)

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 300 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. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, 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 WeWorkforHealth WA (@WWFH_WA) to discover ways in which we can all work together to improve health care and strengthen both the national and Washington economies. Find out how to participate in local events and online discussions to educate others about our contributions to the health and well-being of all Americans.

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