Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Community Search
News Beat July 2018
Share |




Spotlight on the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment Fund and its new leader, Laura Flores Cantrell, Executive Director


Washington State is internationally known for its world class cancer research and patient care. By passing the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund into law, our state has committed to capitalize on those strengths with public investment to help secure the best and brightest cancer researchers and conduct innovative research in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


A bold initiative, the CARE Fund is designed to ensure Washington remains a leading place for cancer research and, even more importantly, to make discoveries that will ultimately help save lives, relieve pain and suffering and reduce health care costs for Washingtonians.

This year is proving significant for the CARE Fund on two fronts. First, the CARE Fund was renamed in February to honor its champion, Senator Andy Hill. Senator Hill was originally diagnosed with lung cancer although he never smoked. After using a cutting-edge experimental cancer treatment, he was found to be cancer-free in 2009 and remained so until 2016.  He was elected into office in 2010 and began actively advocating for cancer research. He initiated the CARE Fund in 2015 to ensure the state’s cancer research projects receive the necessary funding. Sadly, Senator Hill lost his final battle with lung cancer in October 2016.


The CARE Fund’s second milestone was the appointment in April of Laura Flores Cantrell as its first executive director. An attorney by training, Ms. Cantrell has 20+ years working in the nonprofit sector where she has served in a variety of roles including executive director, deputy director, director of policy, and equity lead strategist. At the CARE Fund, she will work with the Board and community partners as they usher the fund through its next phase of strategic development.


We caught up with Ms. Cantrell to ask her about the CARE Fund’s current state and her vision for its future.


Read the full story here 


 Subscribing to News Beat        


Industry Networking Night Thursday, July 26th


We are proud to offer our month e-newsletter News Beat.To get member only content and savings, subscribe here


Have a story suggestion, funding opportunity, or upcoming event? Send it to us! Email Amanda Tran at


Join Life Science Washington and Life Science Washington Institute for our next life science industry social event in June!


Expand your professional, social and community contacts at this FREE event as we bring together our vibrant community of life science professionals. Beer, wine and light snacks will be available.


This event is open to both Life Science Washington members and non-members. RSVP today!


Welcome New Life Science Washington Members


Exomunne     Homer Scientific Consulting     KDH Consulting     TerraPower




Washington Life Science Report - July 2018
A monthly summary of Life Science transactions
and trends in WA State

Each month, the Life Science Washington Institute compiles this report summarizing transactions and trends in Washington's life science community. The report includes a continually updated list of angel funding, VC deals, M&A activity, and strategic partnership formations.


Read the July report here.

Meet us on our rooftop deck overlooking South Lake Union for an evening of great company, food and drinks. We're celebrating luau style! From the beaches of the Big Island, to the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, to the surfing in Waikiki Beach, to Waipio Valley, we're celebrating everything we love most about the 50th state. Enjoy craft beers, tropical drinks, and refreshing wines while snacking on Hawaii-inspired snacks.


Register today! 






Life Science Washington Institute:

Schedule your July consult


      WE’RE HIRING! 
Life Science Washington Institute offers pro-bono consultation services to early-stage Member companies to help develop the Washington life sciences 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.

Life Science Washington is looking for a Marketing & Communications Manager. Candidate will have an incredible opportunity to assume specific responsibilities and ultimately administer a transformational strategy for repositioning the life science industry in the state of Washington. Is it you?

For more information and to apply, go here




 Industry News


Seattle-Bellevue company selected to accelerate innovation for U.S. health security, daily medical care
"Life Science Washington Institute of Seattle has been selected as one of eight accelerators in the nation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to drive innovation in lifesaving medical technologies that solve challenging problems spanning modern health security threats and daily medical care." Read more here.

National bioscience industry report shows $2T economic impact, accelerated venture capital investment and job Growth
"A study released today at the BIO International Convention shows that the U.S. bioscience industry has reached $2 trillion in annual economic impact while maintaining accelerated venture capital investment and job growth numbers. Among U.S. technology sectors, the bioscience industry has held a leading position as an economic driver and job generator." Read more on the BIO website.

Fred Hutch study: Nanoparticles could help cutting-edge therapies get inside solid tumors
"CAR T immunotherapies are one of the hottest topics of research — and investment — in the world of medicine today. The emerging treatments have had shocking success in the past few years, even curing patients with aggressive, terminal cancer." Read more in GeekWire

GE quietly sells Caradigm to cancer company Inspirata, more than two years after Microsoft pulled out of the joint venture
"GE Healthcare has sold its shares of Redmond, Wash., based health technology startup Caradigm to Florida-based cancer diagnostic technology creator Inspirata, marking the end of an ambitious joint venture between GE Healthcare and Microsoft." Read more in GeekWire.

Litesprite, maker of games that treat mental health, wins inaugural TRAILS healthcare competition
"Seattle startup Litesprite, which develops mobile games that treat mental health disorders, took home the crown at the inaugural TRAILS competition hosted by healthcare innovation hub Cambia Grove." Read more in GeekWire

Stem cells help fix damaged hearts in monkeys; human testing is on the way
"Medical researchers have restored the function of damaged hearts in macaque monkeys, using heart muscle cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. Now they want to do the same for humans." Read more in GeekWire

EWU launches new tech commercialization academy
"Eastern Washington University's 2-year-old Center for Entrepreneurship is launching an eight-week collaborative summer technology commercialization academy that aims to provide students with real-world experience in finding useful applications for existing patented technologies." Read more in the Spokane Journal of Business

Microsoft establishes formal healthcare group, hires two new health leaders
"Like many large tech players, Microsoft has been steadily increasing its healthcare work over the past few years. Today, that work took a step forward with the announcement of Microsoft Healthcare, a new group that formalizes the company’s work, and the addition of two health leaders to the new group." Read more in GeekWire

FDA gives one-dose flu drug priority review
"A one-dose flu drug that kills the virus in a day has been granted priority reviewby the U.S Food and Drug Administration."  Read more in BizWomen.

New Prevencio Study Using AI Determines Simple Blood Tests Accurately Diagnose Heart Disease and Predict Adverse Heart Events in Diabetic Patients
"Prevencio, Inc. today announces data which indicates its HART CAD and HART CVE tests accurately diagnose Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and risk for Major Adverse Cardiac Events (MACE) in Diabetic Mellitus (DM) patients. Researchers believe the data, presented on June 24 at the American Diabetes Association 2018 Scientific Sessions, can assist patients in getting guideline-recommended serial evaluations proven to enhance health outcomes." Read more on the Business Wire website.

Startup Aminex Therapeutics raises $10M, begins clinical trials of immunotherapy treatment
"Seattle startup Aminex Therapeutics announced $10 million in new funding Wednesday, alongside the first clinical trial of its immunotherapy drug. The drug will be studied as a treatment for multiple kinds of solid tumors, like lung and breast cancer.." Read more in GeekWire

Researchers use tiny tricks to pull out precious protein data from a single cell
"Scientists have developed a technique that can analyze fluid from a single human cell to identify its proteins — which could open the way for tracking the progression of cancer one cell at a time." Read more in GeekWire

Newest FDA approval could boost Partner Therapeutics' Lynnwood plant
"Partner Therapeutics has received Food and Drug Administration approval for another use of its recently acquired leukemia drug, Leukine." Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Owl Insights raises cash for mental health treatment software platform
"Portland, Ore., company Owl Insights has raised $2.2 million in new funding, GeekWire has learned. The additional funding brings the company’s Series A round to more than $4.7 million, according to Owl Insights CEO Eric Meier." Read more in GeekWire

Seattle Children’s aims to cure terminal brain cancer using immunotherapy with new BrainChild initiative
"When Avery Berg was diagnosed with aggressive, late-stage brain cancer at just 10 years old, she fought hard to stay positive and beat the disease with a smile."  Read more in GeekWire

Roche to spend $2.4bn buying rest of Foundation Medicine
"Swiss drugmaker Roche will spend $2.4bn buying out remaining shareholders in Foundation Medicine, a US molecular and genomic analysis company in which it took a controlling stake three years ago." Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal

CEOs celebrate moms at the big Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony
"It might be Father’s Day this weekend, but moms took center stage at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year event Friday night in downtown Seattle."  Read more in GeekWire

Gates Foundation’s new research institute officially opens, targeting malaria and other global diseases
"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the top forces in global health philanthropy, is embarking on a new kind of venture."  Read more in GeekWire

Seattle Children’s launches CureWorks, a project aimed at revolutionizing cancer treatment for kids
"New cancer immunotherapies could revolutionize how we treat the disease, but for many children, those treatments are far out of reach." Read more in GeekWire

Ex-Juno leader becomes CEO of Alder BioPharmaceuticals ahead of migraine drug launch
"Alder BioPharmaceuticals hired a former Juno Therapeutics executive as CEO." Read more inThe Puget Sound Business Journal

Fred Hutch leases iconic Lake Union steam plant facility
"The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has leased more than 100,000 square feet in the landmark Lake Union Steam Plant, which Seattle biotech ZymoGenetics called home for years." Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal

Secretive group within Amazon reportedly conducting cancer research, launching health data venture 
"Amazon seems primed for a bold expansion into healthcare, after speculation in recent months that the Seattle-based company was interested in the industry."  Read more in GeekWire 



Networking and Development Opportunities



SBIR Road Tour Stop: Seattle
July 18, 2018  |  Seattle, WA


The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.

Light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided

  • Reverse pitches from Federal Program Managers
  • Success stories & tips!
  • 1-on-1 meetings with PM’s
  • Assistance and resources
Registration information here.



VIP Forum with Bejing Genomics Institute (BGI)
July 21-22, 2018  |  Seattle, WA


BGI provides a wide range of next generation sequencing services and a broad portfolio of genetic tests for medical institutions, research institutions, public and private partners. BGI Seattle is looking to meet with potential partners and customers in healthcare, biotech and research for local and global projects.

Register here.

Companies and researchers are invited to submit an application to be considered for one-on-one meetings with venture investors and strategic partners (VIPs) from BioPharma, Medical Device, Digital Health and Health IT, and Global Health.

Apply here.

Application deadline to be selected for a 1:1 meeting opportunity is July 20th.



Inmedix Sprint Handicap at Emerald Downs
July 22, 2018  |  Emerald Downs

You're invited to join us at the 2018 Inmedix Sprint Handicap at Emerald Downs on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

  • Racing is from 1 - 6 pm.
  • Buffet lunch is from 1 - 3 pm.

Inmedix is offering several complimentary tickets for biotech CEO's and their families (first come, first served). 

Please RSVP to Katy Tollefson



2018 Washington State Life Science Summit  SAVE THE DATE!

October 26, 2018 Bellevue

Life Science Washington is proud to present the 14th annual Washington State Life Science Summit where leaders from Washington state’s life sciences community gather to discuss what’s ahead for our industry. 

Be part of the conversation. Save the date!

More information here.



China International Import Expo (CIIE)

November 5-10 Shanghai 


The CIIE is designed to attract exhibitions from overseas companies and organizations looking to enter or expand in the Chinese market. It is being organized as a counterpoint to the well-known Canton Fair in Guangzhou, which focuses on supporting Chinese exports by matching Chinese producers with foreign buyers.
The CIIE will host exhibition areas in the following categories: Consumer Electronics & Appliances; Apparel, Accessories & Consumer Goods; Automobiles; High-End Intelligent Equipment; Food & Agricultural Products; Medical Equipment & Medical Care Products; and Trade in Services (including Education and Tourism).

The event is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. It's supported by the World Trade Organization and  the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Click here for more information. 









Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal