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News Beat August 2019 - Life Science Washington

September 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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We are thrilled to host the 15th Annual Washington State Life Science Summit on October 25th at the Meydenbauer Center. The program presents Washington state’s most critical policy and economic priorities and facilitates discussion of the current opportunities and challenges our industry is facing.

This year's theme will explore "Owning Our Growth." As you all know, we have had a fantastic year! We had huge successes in the legislative session, we've expanded key partnerships between industry and colleges and universities, and we celebrated one of the biggest IPOs of the year!

Delivering this year's keynote address, "Start-Up to Market Leader," is LSW Board member and FUJIFILM SonoSite President and COO, Richard Fabian.


Richard “Rich” Fabian, President & COO, FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.

Start-Up to Market Leader

Find out what it takes for a start-up company to become a leader in the industry, why the time is right for other life science companies in Washington state to do the same, and how the evolution of AI is poised to transform healthcare.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Rich leads all aspects of SonoSite's global business. He has over 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience and is proud to lead Fujifilm SonoSite - a true Washington State success story. SonoSite launched in 1998 as a startup in Bothell and has evolved into the worldwide industry leader in one of the fastest growing sectors of healthcare: Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS). Rich is a passionate advocate of the life science industry, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Imaging and Technology Association (MITA) as well as Life Science Washington. When asked why the life science sector is growing so quickly in the State of Washington, he answers that "we are lucky to have access to leading hospitals, academics, research facilities, and the pioneer spirit in search of innovation and growth." Rich strongly believes in the enormous potential of startups as well as established life science companies. Rich earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. He has been a resident of Washington since 2000 and makes his home in downtown Kirkland.


October 2, 2019 | 4 - 6:30 PM | FUJIFILM SonoSite, Bothell

Engaging discussion with industry experts about what the new frontier of ultrasound may have in store.



September 26, 2019 | 11:30am - 2:00pm | Seattle

Are you a procurement officer wanting to save more money?

There is power in numbers! With the purchasing power of 500+ member companies, Life Science Washington Business Solutions Partners Program has saved member companies of all sizes $18 million over the last year! If you’re involved or responsible for procurement, contact Frank Eichmann, to learn more about the complimentary luncheon on September 26th and how we can help you save money through BSP program.

Contact Frank Eichmann, Business Development Manager, Life Science Washington


Phone: 206-457-9301

Career Development Workshop Life Science Washington Institute


September 24, 2019 | 8:00 - 4:30PM | Atrium Building, Seattle

Join Life Science Washington Institute for a free "Learn by Doing" workshop presented by SciPhD, followed by a networking reception.

Join this one-day workshop will provide attendees with interactive experiences and guidance for scientists pursuing careers in the public and private sectors and academia. Participants will build their resume, learn the basics of negotiation, and receive valuable insight on building their network of colleagues, mentors, and role models.



October 25, 2019 | 1:00 PM | Cambia Grove

Join Bill Waller as he discusses issues surrounding health care IT and privacy, and their intersection with FDA law. This discussion will highlight healthcare IT, connected devices, medical monitoring and steps to take to avoid having your product or technology considered a device that is regulated by FDA law. Bill has advised a variety of Fortune 500 companies, medtech startups, and everything in between on these issues, providing training to scientists, sales teams and executives.

Washington State August 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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