|Request for Proposal: Startup Playbook Digitization|
Request for Proposal – Life Science Washington Commercialization Program
Project Name: Life Science Startup Playbook Digitization
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.
In this initial one-year project, we will design, build and launch a sustainable and interactive online portal, based on the content previously developed for the Life Science Startup Guidebooks and Toolkits, to help guide new entrepreneurs in building a life science company in Washington state. This Online Playbook will serve as the go-to platform for learning about starting a new venture in a streamlined, easy-to-approach manner while also providing access to downloadable worksheets, templates, and other resources. The Online Playbook will also be integrated with our Innovation Marketplace, a “one-stop-shop” for WA state commercialization resources currently in development.
Project Objectives and Functional Requirements
We are seeking a qualified healthcare technology consulting and development firm to conduct the technical and business design, development, and implementation phases of the project, as outlined below:
Project is expected to begin by June 1, 2017 and be complete by February 28th, 2018.
The total available budget for the project is not to exceed $50,000 over the course of the 1 year project. This budget is expected to cover all consultant fees (and sub-contracted consultants) and incidentals (e.g., parking and meals.) Any costs related to hosting stakeholder meetings or any necessary out of state travel will be covered by a separate budget.
Proposal Guidelines and Requirements
Please submit a brief proposal that includes:
Proposals are due by email to JESSICA@LIFESCIENCEWA.ORG by MAY 1, 2017
Acceptable firms will demonstrate that they have the following minimum qualifications:
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.
Jessica Roberto, PhD
Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Life Science Washington
1551 Eastlake Ave East, Suite 300