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News Beat March 2019 - Life Science Washington

March 2019

You are part of a vibrant community of life science professionals. This newsletter helps keep you connected to that community and informs you of industry news, transactions, and upcoming events.

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Life Science Washington is working to ensure life science companies have access to the pool of talent and the workforce training programs they require to locate and grow in Washington state.

The 2017 TEConomy study reported challenges well known to HR leaders throughout our community: rising competition in key occupations and skills areas; difficulty finding qualified candidates for key positions; and challenges recruiting from out of state. In addition, Washington state lacks a sufficient pool of appropriately educated and trained workers to fill jobs in our growing life science sectors.

As you know, Life Science Washington, in partnership with community leaders, colleges and universities, and member organizations, have been working diligently to fix the supply side of our industries workforce challenges. (You can learn more about projects we’ve worked on here.) But feeding the workforce pipeline isn't simply about getting more people to join the industry. It is also about developing and shaping current talent within the industry.

Life Science Washington is committed to helping this aspect of workforce development by partnering with The Leadership Edge and Biotech Primer to offer programs for both scientist and non-scientist professionals.

The Leadership Edge offers From the Laboratory to Leadership, a program for scientists who are moving into leadership roles. The program is a comprehensive training giving participants the tools to successfully hire, develop, and deploy top talent within that individual’s organization. The program leads each person through the process of defining their leadership style and obtaining a greater understanding of the needs of the organization and its people. Including, the organization’s current stage of development, mission, values, strategy, goals and the expectation of its leaders – providing them with clarity of direction and context to effectively manage and lead with impact. Participants learn to leverage their strengths and develop critical management skills such as goal setting, priority management, delegation, interviewing, and how to effectively lead teams. An interesting aspect of the program is ensuring peer relationships are well established and behavioral changes are maintained over time.

From the Laboratory to Leadership program has trained more than 6,000 life sciences professionals in more than 500 companies to be better more confident leaders. On March 20th, we are kicking-off our 25th year of the program. There are still spots available. You can learn more and read the syllabus here.

For non-scientist professionals, Biotech Primer offers BioBasics: Biotech for the Non-scientists. The program is an intensive two-day course starting with a review of the healthcare sectors and the scientific concepts required for understanding the biopharma industry. Building on this knowledge, the course delves into the cause of genetic and infectious disease, how disease is diagnosed, and the various therapeutic strategies used to mitigate disease. The latest innovations in immunotherapies, RNA technology, gene therapy, checkpoint inhibitors, CAR-T and more are explained. You can learn more about the course here.


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DeviceConnect, Session 2

Reality Check: Augmented Intelligence is the Future of Healthcare

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Olympus Respiratory America

We've partnered with Product Creation Studio to present a four-part series, DeviceConnect. The series is to help professionals like you successfully develop and commercialize medical devices.

At each event, you'll gain insight into emerging philosophies and trends. You'll have the chance to network with your industry peers and meet potential collaborators. The series will feature medical device experts that will share their experiences bringing a medical device to market.

Life Science Innovation Northwest

April 24 - 25, 2019

The Pacific Northwest's biggest annual life science conference. A two-day event bringing together investors, research institutions, entrepreneurs, scientists, and life science companies. We're only missing you!

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Washington State February Investment Activity

Each month, the Life Science Washington Institute compiles an investment activity 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.

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