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Flipping the Switch: Igniting vibrancy in our ecosystem


Life Science Washington President & CEO Dr. Leslie Alexandre introduces association’s new strategic plan.



What is the Life Science Washington strategic plan?


Our strategic plan is a re-commitment to our core values and a road map for achieving our mission: “To stimulate life science innovation, job creation, and ecosystem vibrancy across Washington state through engagement, collaboration, promotion and advocacy.” It was informed by hundreds of valuable conversations my staff and I had with our members, life science executives, human resource professionals, educators and public officials over the past year. These individuals provided critical insight on how we can ensure our industry thrives in Washington state.


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BGI Groups USA


CuePath Innovation

Curacloud Corporation

DPR Construction

Lynden International

Madrona Pharmaceuticals


Orbit Health

Orca Pacific


Stroke Vascular


 Seattle Children's licenses gene-editing therapy to Casebia Therapuetics and will partner on further research.   

"The Seattle Children’s Research Institute announced Wednesday that it has licensed a new gene therapy technology to Cambridge, Mass.,-based biotech company Casebia Therapeutics." Read More from GeekWire


 Virtual healthcare startup Carena acquired by Virginia-based telemedicine provider Avizia  

"Virginia-based telemedicine provider Avizia announced Tuesday that it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based telemedicine startup that builds the technology behind virtual doctor’s visits."  
Read More from GeekWire



Not just "some white dude" - The news face of biotech in Washington  

"As M3 Biotechnology Inc. launches clinical trials on its therapy for Alzheimer's that is expected to halt the progression of, or even reverse, the disease, it's a satisfying development for those who have been believers in the role of the company and its CEO at the leading edge of the new field of regenerative medicine.
Read More from Flynn's Harp



Innovator of the Month: Blaze bioscience uses scorpion venom to light up cancer tumors 

"As a neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Amy Lee imagines a day when she’s removing an invasive brain tumor from a child while looking at a screen shining brilliant green, showing her precisely where the tumor ends and the healthy brain tissue begins." 
Read More from Puget Sound Business Journal



                                     Schedule your November 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.



 University of Washington Dept. of Bioengineering Seeking Industry Mentors 


The University of Washington Department of Bioengineering is seeking industry mentors to support master's degree students as they pursue a year-long clinical-based project. The Master of Applied Bioengineering program trains students to apply engineering design to address today’s clinical challenges and fulfill the market-based demands of industry and medicine for biotechnology. Graduates will have in-demand skills for work in biomedical industry and translational research.


To learn more, contact Valerie Overlan,



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 


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



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