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Request for Proposal – Life Science Washington Commercialization Program

Project Name: Student Career Development Program

Position: Life Science Career Consultant


Life Science Washington – Organizational Background

Life Science Washington is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington.  Our mission is to support and grow Washington state life sciences through advocacy, collaboration and investment.


The life science industry encompasses any initiative aimed at improving the quality and standard of life.  Its many industry sectors include biotechnology, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, health IT/digital health, global health, bio-agriculture and bio-fuel.  Our members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, the research, development and commercialization of life science technologies. Life Science Washington is fully-funded through memberships, sponsorships, grants, and event registration fees.


In 2016, with support from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, the organization launched a new initiative to enhance an ecosystem that encourages entrepreneurs to establish early stage life science ventures within WA State and to improve the success rate of these ventures in translating promising science and technology into commercial products.  Ultimately, our vision is to create an ecosystem that accelerates the cycle of idea generation and concept validation, and boosts development of market relevant, impactful products and solutions for healthcare. In the immediate term, our focus is on addressing gaps and opportunities in the ecosystem by designing and implementing a sustainable, statewide system of entrepreneur start up and commercialization programs.


Project Scope

One of the challenges facing the life science community in Washington state is a reported lack of suitable local talent in the workforce, which has caused employers to look out of state for employees. Simultaneously, many talented graduate student and post-doctoral scholars in Washington state looking for non-academic positions do not know how to make the most of their translational skill sets or lack sufficient exposure to information about the variety of potential alternate careers. Furthermore, existing career-development resources may be limited for those students at non-university institutions or those universities who cater mainly to undergraduates. This program therefore endeavors to provide educational content focused on career development and individual guidance on career planning and goals.

To fulfill the needs of students, postdocs and individuals seeking advice regarding career transitions, as well as strengthen the pipeline for employers, the proposed resources include:

  • Life Sciences Career Development Workshops
  • Life Sciences Career Consultation Office Hours


Position Objectives and Functional Requirements

We are seeking a qualified Life Science Career Consultant who can provide consultation services and expertise to help plan career development workshops. The project entails the following:

  1. The consultant will contribute their expertise by assisting in the planning, content development, and execution of Career Development Workshops.
  2. The consultant will contribute advice and mentoring to students, post-docs, displaced life science workers and individuals exploring a career transition in the context of a 1:1 ‘office hours’ consultative program.


Position Timeline

Project is expected to begin by May 15, 2017 and be complete by April 15, 2018. Office hours will initially occur monthly (8-hour day), with the first day of office hours to occur before June 15, 2017. The frequency of office hours may be altered depending on demand.


Position Budget

Please submit an estimated budget to address the above program objectives and functional requirements.


Applicant Qualifications

Acceptable candidates will demonstrate that they have the following qualifications:

  1. The consultant will have experience assisting students, post-docs and other job seekers in the life science sector with defining career goals, helping to identify transferable skill sets, and providing advice on additional training/educational programs.
  2. Local connections to individuals pursuing non-academic careers.
  3. Prior experience developing career development workshops.
  4. Evidence of success, as measured by client satisfaction or testimonials.


Applicant Should Submit:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References and contact information from 2-3 individuals with whom you have consulted or organizations for whom you have provided similar service.

Proposals are due by email to INGRID@LIFESCIENCEWA.ORG by MAY 1, 2017



Contract Terms

  • Vendors will be required to comply with a financial conflict of interest policy that includes disclosure and mitigation of any potential conflicts.
  • Vendors will be required to comply with the Life Science Washington confidentiality policy
  • Payment will be directed as invoiced monthly during the project as milestones are completed.


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals received by the deadline of May 1st will be evaluated based on candidate qualifications upon review of materials provided, telephone interviews for finalists, and discussion with references.


Contact Information

Ingrid K. Ruf, PhD

Commercialization Program Manager

Life Science Washington

1551 Eastlake Ave East, Suite 300

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