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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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Headlines & Events from WBBA and its Members and Partners

The latest in life sciences

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Members in the News

Five Washington Organizations Make Joint Grant to Commercialize Trauma-Care Device | Press Release

VCU Partners with GAPPS Repository for Groundbreaking Preterm Birth Research | Press Release

Former Dendreon CEO and Dendreon Bull Start New Biotech Hedge Fund | Xconomy

Science Exchange Stories: Why Katriona Guthrie-Honea (co-founder of HiveBio) does science | Science Exchange

BioLife Solutions HypoThermosol® Embedded in Two Intercytex Clinical Trials of Cell-Based Wound Care | Press Release

Bold PATH innovations win support at 2013 Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge | PATH

Seattle BioMed Wins $16.6M Grant to Tackle Tuberculosis | GenNews

HSSA Announces $235,000 “Access to Health Care”  Annual Grant Competition | Press Release and Application

SightLife Named Finalist for 2013 Drucker Award | Press Release

Omeros Seeks FDA Green Light For Eye Surgery Drug | Xconomy

Seattle Startup, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Facilitating Cancer Diagnosis Through Genetic Immunology Seeks $20M | MDDI

The top biotechnology companies in the Puget Sound area (slide show) | Puget Sound Business Journal

Spiration, Inc. Announces Promotion of Gregory Sessler to CEO | Press Release

Blaze Bioscience and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Enter into Collaboration | Reuters

PAML and Health123 Team Up to Empower Consumers to Take Control of their Health | Press Release

Bayer Strikes Collaboration With Seattle Genetics of Up to $520 Million  | Wall Street Journal

BioLife Solutions, Inc. Named by Seattle Magazine's as One of Washington State's Best Places to Work | Press Release

Mobisante Grabs $4.2M for Mobile Ultrasound Tools | Xconomy

Would you like to post a story in the Winter 2013 Issue of The Life Science Innovator? 

Send your press release or announcement to WBBA's newsletter team by December 05, 2013 for projected publication date of December 12, 2013.

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Community Calendar

CDISC Public Training

Event Sponsor:  Axio Research
Date of Event:  September 16-19, 2013
Location: 2601 4th Avenue, Seattle

Brief Description: CDISC is the only organization that offers CDISC-authorized medical research standards education courses. At this event Axio Research will host an SDTM (16-17 Sep 2013), CDASH (18 Sep 2013), and ADAM (19 Sep 2013) courses taught by authorized-CDISC instructors. This is a great opportunity for any biotech industry employee looking to get trained on CDISC standards--which the FDA will soon require in all drug application submissions. Please contact the CDISC Education Team ( for more info.

ISPE Pacific Northwest Chapter Casino Night & Annual Vendor Trade Show

Event Sponsor:  ISPE Pacific Northwest Chapter
Date of Event:  September 19, 2013, 5:30-9:30 PM
Location: Lynnnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street SW

Brief Description: Join us for Casino/Vendor Night! Fun and FREE to our members & WBBA Members! Play Craps, Black Jack, Texas Hold'Em, Roulette, Red Dog & Caribbean Stud for Prizes! Learn about the latest industry products and services from a variety of local vendors while mingling with co-workers and industry colleagues! Guests just $29.95! Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, 1 drink ticket, gaming AND 5k in casino chips! *Gaming 1st Prize is a FREE West Seattle Segway Adventure for Two Adults!

AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

Date of Event:   September 23 - 25, 2013
Location: Washington, DC,  Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Brief Description: AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking. An event rich in international flavor and featuring a deep, diverse attendee list that includes influential policymakers, business executives and media, AdvaMed 2013 seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more. It is the most efficient, cost-effective, eye-opening, and exciting event out there, a “must-attend” for any MedTech company. Whatever your goals may be, you are sure to accomplish, and even surpass them, at AdvaMed 2013.

Click here for more details and register today!


Event Sponsor: Equinox Business Law Group & Resourceful HR
Date of Event: 
September 24, 2013, 7:30 AM
Agora Conference Center

Brief Description: Making the right hiring decisions is tough for any business, but growing a team on a limited budget can seem impossible. With the right knowledge you can find, incentivize, and train the right people without breaking the bank. Allowing you to stay focused on important business growth activities. In this program, we’ll share how you can create simple systems to streamline and limit risk in your employment processes including how to:

  • Plan your hiring with a view toward the future
  • Define employee roles to maximize breadth and limit overlap
  • Prioritize the “nice to haves” versus the “need to haves” within the organization
  • Identify outside resources to make things easier (even when funding is tight)
  • Create policies and procedures
  • Use interview etiquette and techniques to get the right people in the door
  • Implement employment contracts and policies that protect the company and its assets
2nd Annual UW BioE Fall Open House

Event Sponsor: UW BioE Department
Date of Event: 
September 24, 2013, 1:30-3:30 PM
Seattle BioMed; Discovery Conference Room, 1st Floor, 307 Westlake Ave N, Seattle

Brief Description: Register today to meet UW BioE faculty and students, entrepreneurs, and local industry representatives. The daylong event will feature keynote talks by: Roderic Pettigrew (Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) Michael Harsh (Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at GE Healthcare). Additionally, there will be a Life Sciences Foundations panel discussion, small-group breakouts on targeted research themes, BioE curriculum discussion for our biomedical human resources community, career fair, student poster session and a networking reception.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sustainability throughout the Supply Chain: Core Members

Event Sponsor: WBBA Supply Chain + Clean Science Groups Present
Date of Event: 
September 25, 2013, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
UW Seattle Campus

Brief Description: This seminar will provide presentations and information from a variety of representatives of the region's life science community.  The dialogue will be around sourcing supplies that minimize the impact of our scientific pursuits, as well as systems that are currently out there to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We welcome interested groups throughout the supply chain, from purchasing to facilities to bench scientists, to join in the discussion. Please RSVP to Jill DeGreen (Disclaimer: This event is for Core WBBA Members)


Event Sponsor: WSU's Office of Economic Development and Corporate and Foundation Relations
Date of Event: 
September 26, 2013, 5:30-8:00 PM
The Westin Seattle, Cascade Ballroom

Brief Description: On Sept. 26, WSU's Office of Economic Development and Corporate and Foundation Relations team are hosting the first-ever WSUi3 Event showcasing the technology commercialization and product development coming out of WSU research today. Please join us in Seattle and meet the researchers, see and "touch" the products of their work, and enjoy a selection of appetizers and Washington wine - some produced at WSU! Register here, and please feel free to contact Jana Fischer (509-335-6787) with any questions about our event.

Brains Matter Patient and Caregiver Conference & Awareness Day

Event Sponsor: Chris Elliott Fund
Date of Event: 
September 27, 2013, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
The Bellevue Club

Brief Description: A conference for patients and caregivers affected by a brain tumor or brain cancer. The conference is an opportunity for these individuals to connect with national experts and patient experts in survivorship and treatment. The event is presented by the Chris Elliott Fund completely free of charge as a key part of their mission to end brain cancer by spreading awareness and education. You can register one of three ways: online at the link,  via email or, or by calling 1-800-574-5703.

Export Controls: Awareness and Application

Event Sponsor: Seattle Export Assistance Center, Homeland Security Investigations, Microsoft
Date of Event: 
October 3, 2013, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, WA

Brief Description: HSI, the Microsoft Corporation, and the Department of Commerce's Seattle Export Assistance Center are sponsoring a one-day event entitled Export Controls: Awareness and Application. The goal of this conference is to provide an opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, retailers and exporters of commodities and technologies controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to: obtain basic knowledge about the ITAR and EAR and pose questions to U.S. government officials with cognizance over them; discuss the latest legal updates and best practices in export compliance, including those affected by Export Control Reform; hear from industry about specific topics dealing with export controls; discover, through actual case examples, why these export controls are so important and how our adversaries attempt to violate them; network with colleagues facing the same export controls challenges you are facing. This conference will be held October 3rd, 2013 at the Microsoft Conference Center, Redmond, Washington, and is appropriate for anyone involved with controlled commodities and technologies at any level of export controls knowledge. The registration fee for the entire conference is $150, which includes meals and a CD with reference materials.

Science on Stage

Event Sponsor: Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Date of Event: 
October 5,12,13, 2013, 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM
Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake

Brief Description: The strong personalities of Francis Collins and Craig Venter made the race to sequence the human genome a personal war - with public consequences! Join us for professional readings of “The Sequence” by Seattle playwright, Paul Mullin. Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake: Oct. 5 - Saturday, 2pm; Oct. 12 - Saturday, 2pm with post play discussion; Oct. 13 - Sunday, 7pm. Tickets: $20 for NWABR members, $22 for all others, available online after Aug. 30th or at the door. Professional director and cast. Presented in association with Seattle Public Theater. More information and online ticket information are available or contact Reitha Weeks. Proceeds support NWABR programs.

BIO Investor Forum

Date of Event: October 08-09, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA

Brief Description: The BIO Investor Forum is an international biotech investor conference focused on early and established private companies as well as emerging public companies. 44% of all U.S. therapeutic IPO companies since 2011 attended BIO Investor Forum as a private company. The event features plenary sessions, business roundtables and therapeutic workshops, company presentations, and One-on-One partnering meetings.

BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit

Date of Event: October 08-09, 2013
Location: The Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, DC

Brief Description: Please join us for the BIO Patient and Health Advocacy Summit. This event will bring together voluntary health organizations and the biotechnology industry for two days of policy-driven panel discussions, best practice seminars and invaluable networking opportunities. Learn more about the summit and register at the link.

Learn more at this link!

WBBA HR Group Fall Meeting - HR Coaching Tools: Transform Your Approach and Extend Your Influence Manager's Choice

Date of Event: October 10, 2013, 8:30 AM networking, 9:00 to 10:30 AM program
Location: Acucela Inc., 1301 Second Avenue, Suite 1900, Seattle, (206) 805-8300 (There is street parking and parking lots nearby).

Brief Description:
HR practitioners always feel the burden to solve and fix. We are expected to have the answers. How can we solve when we reach the limits of our experience? On October 10th the WBBA HR Group will have its fall meeting, where we will look at coaching and how those methodologies can be utilized to extend our capabilities. The objective is for you to leave this meeting with some practical tools that you can put into use immediately. This meeting is a hands-on mini workshop so bring a challenge to work on...figuratively of course.

RSVP: Hien DeYoung ( by Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ACS CAN Seattle Research Breakfast

Date of Event: October 16, 2013
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | 411 University St., 98101 | Registration 7 to 7:30 a.m. | Program 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Brief Description: Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for a very special Seattle Research Breakfast.  Don't miss this fundraising event that brings people together from all sectors of the healthcare industry.  This year, WA State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler will be speaking.  

Life Sciences Research Weekend

Date of Event: November 1-3, 2013
Location: Pacific Science Center

Brief Description: Three days of engaging, hands-on science activities presented by life science companies and research institutions from around the state. This 7th annual event showcases the great research and talented scientists in our community and presents creative activities for visitors of all ages! The Weekend provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the world of life sciences research, meet scientists and experience the fun of science. Life sciences companies and research institutions are invited to host an activity table, gain visibility and share their research. Contact Reitha Weeks for more information. Co-presented by Pacific Science Center and Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR).

Party for the Health of It

Date of Event: November 9, 2013
Location: The Seattle Aquarium

Brief Description: Raise a glass at Party for the Health of It, November 9, 2013 at the Seattle Aquarium. You and your friends are invited to walk the red carpet in cocktail attire and dance all night for a good cause—supporting clean water and proper sanitation in Tanzania. Partygoers will sip and mingle amid a crowd of 1,000 20-and 30-somethings while learning how to make the world a better place. Support global health and have a good time; it really doesn’t get better. Mark your calendar and break in your dancing shoes, it’s almost time for WGHA’s fourth annual Party for the Health of It.

BIO Convention in China

Date of Event: November 11-13, 2013
Location: Beijing, China

Brief Description: The BIO Convention in China brings together executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms from North America, Europe and Asia to meet and explore business opportunities with China's emerging biotech sector.

Oligonucleotide and Peptide Based Therapeutics Congress

Event Sponsor:  Global Engage
Date of Event: 
November 18-19, 2013
San Diego, CA

Brief Description: The Oligonucleotide and Peptide Therapeutic market is currently being transformed. The rapid increase in drug development programs, advances in delivery solutions - away from injectables, together with a period of innovation in manufacturing production have made this not just an exciting sector to be in but one which is experiencing significant changes. This congress is designed to help you understand the continued advancement in development, methods that reduce costs and successful strategies for the commercialization of these types of drugs. There will be over 40 senior and board level speakers from the US, Asia and Europe. Over two days, across four streams, they will keep you abreast of the latest discovery, pre-clinical and clinical based research including streams dedicated to cutting edge manufacturing and delivery solutions.


Be sure to check the calendar every week as new events are always being added!

WBBA members are invited to submit upcoming events for free by completing the online form.

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