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Sparking Growth: Introducing Life Science Washington's New Institute  



Life Science Washington (LSW) announced this fall that it will launch a new nonprofit arm called the Life Science Washington Institute in 2018. The Institute aims to fuel commercialization and startup growth for life science companies within Washington state, encompassing biopharmaceutical, medical device, digital health and health IT, global health and more.


Dr. Patricia Beckmann, currently Vice President for Commercialization at Life Science Washington, will serve as executive director for the Institute. In our December issue of News Beat, Dr. Beckmann gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Institute and the future of commercialization in Washington state.




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 HSSA Announces $380,000 “Access to Health Care” 2018 Recipients   

"The The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County announced it will fund $380,000 for five (5) community recipients of its annual “Access to Care” grant competition in 2018. The organizations that were selected provide innovative health service delivery and increased access to health care to certain populations." Read More from HSSA


Seattle Children’s launches $1 billion campaign with plans to build new immunotherapy research center  

"Seattle Children’s, a hospital and research institute focused on curing childhood diseases, is kickstarting the biggest campaign in its 110-year history."  
Read More from GeekWire



Providence starts its own medical assistant apprenticeship program  

"Like a Major League Baseball franchise, the Spokane-based Providence Medical Group within the last year has developed its own farm system of sorts in an effort to meet the increasing need for medical assistants at the organization’s regional hospitals and clinics." Read more from the Spokane Journal of Business



Seattle Genetics wins FDA approval for fourth application of flagship drug 


"Seattle Genetics has received Food and Drug Administration approval for another application of its flagship drug." Read More from Puget Sound Business Journal


                                     Schedule your December consult

Life Science Washington offers pro-bono consultation services to early-stage Member companies to help develop the Washington life science entrepreneurial community. A one-time consultation is available for future members. Our consultation program can help with a broad variety of issues facing the life sciences community. Learn More.



BIO Offering Free Meeting Space at J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Attending JPM 2018 in San Francisco? BIO is offering free meeting space to members. Learn more about One-on-One partnering here



Apply for the NIDA $100,000 to Start a Startup Challenge by December 22, 2017


The National Institute on Drug Abuse announced it has re-issued the "$100,000 to Start a Startup Challenge." The goal of this challenge is to enable scientists to test the hypothesis that their research idea or fundamental research can be transformed into a biotech startup. Each Challenge winner will receive $10,000 to empower their research-based ideas and develop a minimal viable proof (MVP) of a product. Learn more here



Nominations open for 2018 Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Award. 


Show your appreciation to an outstanding female STEM researcher or educator by nominating her for a 2018 Seattle Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Award. 

 The 2018 award categories are: Scientific Advancement and Leadership in STEM, Early Career Achievement in STEM, Excellence in STEM Education/Outreach, and Outstanding Seattle AWIS Member. We have impressive women who are science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) researchers and educators that deserve to be recognized! 

 Learn more here


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