The Life Science Innovator 
  A WBBA Publication

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WBBA Industry Working Groups

Connect with your peers to meet the unique challenges your Organization faces.

Communicators Group
(Open to ALL WBBA Members)

The goal of this group is to give people who are responsible for “getting the word out” for their respective organizations a closed-forum to discuss the unique issues, problems and challenges that face the people charged with fulfilling the role of communications, public relations, marketing, community outreach and investor relations, whether by specific title or by having it as one of their responsibilities. Join the group!

HR Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member HR professionals)

You are invited to join over 60 of your HR colleagues from WBBA member companies, as we network, share ideas and exchange information about the challenges and issues we encounter while working in the biotechnology and biomedical fields. The Human Resources Group offers a variety of ways to connect with your colleagues. This is an excellent way to learn up-to-date information from professionals within our industry. You do not need to have an HR title in order to attend these meetings; you simply need to perform the human resources function for your company. Join the group!

Clean Science Group
(Open to any WBBA member interested in clean science and sustainability)

The goal of the WBBA Clean Science Group is to have a variety of representatives of the region's life science community dialoguing about solutions to minimize the impact of our scientific pursuits on the region. We also want to educate each other on the systems that are currently available to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and the associated costs of such systems. Are you interested in dialoguing about creating clean science? If so, then join the WBBA Clean Science Group on LinkedIn. We would like to have participation from various groups in the lab including facilities, operations, and lab managers. Join the group!

Supply Chain Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Supply Chain/Purchasing professionals)

This group offers supply chain, purchasing, and sourcing professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at Join the group!

Facilities/Engineering Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals)

This group offers Facilities and Engineering professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at Join the group!

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Letter from the President

Chris Rivera

Another year is coming to an end, I can confidently say that this has been one of the most productive years at the WBBA!

Here are a few of our accomplishments and how we have been supporting our members and life sciences in Washington state this year:

  • Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) set numerous records this year, and is poised to be even bigger in 2014.  LSINW is now North America’s largest fully integrated life science exposition!
  • The WBBA’s Commercialization programs have now mentored and supported more than 230 unique start-up life science companies. They have raised more than $300 million, employ 500+ people, and approximately 25% have products in the market!
  • WINGS and our VIP Forums continue to help our members raise $ millions and introduce them to potential partners and investors.
  • We produced more than 40 events, where 5000+ life science executives networked with each other.

>> Read more - Letter from the President

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Value of Membership

Working together for better health

Nearly 200 new members have joined WBBA since January! WBBA is now one of the nation's largest state life science trade associations.

Learn more about the newest WBBA members and join us in welcoming them!

Member Spotlight- WTAS, LLC

WTAS, LLC provides a wide range of tax, valuation, financial advisory and related consulting services to individual and commercial clients. The firm is comprised of over 600 personnel located in 16 major U.S. cities and has an international presence in Europe through WTAS Global. WTAS encompasses top advisors with previous experience with international accounting firms, law firms, IRS, and state taxing authorities. WTAS professionals have extensive experience serving businesses ranging in size from pre-revenue to Fortune 500 and in a wide range of industries including healthcare and technology.
The WTAS Seattle office has been one of the fastest growing in the firm and is comprised of over fifty professionals. The Seattle Tax Practice works with individuals and corporations locally and across the United States to address federal, state, local, and international tax planning, compliance, and accounting issues. The Seattle Valuation Practice works with corporations addressing tax planning and compliance matters including the fair market value of restricted stock and stock options (IRC Sec. 409A), financial reporting matters, as well as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic planning. Additionally, the Seattle office has unparalleled experience in business and securities valuation for venture capital firms and venture backed companies.
For more information please contact WBBA members Donald Williams, Director – State and Local Tax or Tim Montgomery, Senior Manager – Valuation Services.

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Purchasing Program

Services to help you grow.  Resources to help you thrive.
Are you taking full advantage of your membership? Check out the latest deals offered by our Purchasing Partners!

WBBA’s Purchasing Program offers discounts with over 20 service providers and suppliers for both companies and individuals. Every employee within a Member Organization can take advantage of the savings! Last year, we saved over 200 of our participating Members over $6M. Join your colleagues and start saving today with service providers like Office Depot, VWR, FedEx, and many more! Visit all of our partners online to realize the many ways you can save your organization time and money. For more information, please contact WBBA Partner Rep. Kevin T. Moen (or at 1-800-426-1442, ext 116).

If you are not taking advantage of our services to help you grow and resources to help you thrive, contact Blythe Price to find out more.

Purchasing Partners Spotlight- Air Van

Air Van customizes and innovates its services to earn a position as a valued business partner with each client it is privileged to serve. Air Van services include moving sensitive medical equipment, exhibits, or servers; acting as the distribution partner for major consumer goods companies; providing commercial storage or moving a family around the world or across town. Air Van provides relocation support and services and handles each customer’s needs with skill and precision.

The company’s depth and breadth of experience, its agility in responding to a wide range of client needs and its state-of-the art tracking capability combined with its customized software and performance metrics tools differentiates Air Van from its competitors. Air Van continues to innovate with each new client request for service.

Click here to find out more about Air Van

Resourceful HR Life Sciences Recruiting Trends Survey

Don't miss the Opportunity to Gain Ideas for Your Talent Development Needs and Win a $250 Apple Store Gift Certificate!

Take part in Resourceful HR’s annual Life Sciences Recruiting Survey to inform our industry’s regional recruiting efforts. This is a chance to expand our understanding of how we can be more effective in recruiting and hiring the talent needed to grow and innovate. Complete the survey by Friday, December 20th to be eligible to win a $250 Apple Store gift certificate.

The survey takes about 10 minutes and your answers will be kept completely confidential. Resourceful HR will consolidate the trends and share the results in the coming months.



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Upcoming Events




February 6: BIO ON THE VINE



View upcoming WBBA events

Download and print the 2014 at-a-glance calendar!

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Advertise with the WBBA!

Want to advertise your company or event to thousands of people in the biotech sector? Advertise on the WBBA website or in our next newsletter!

Available Laboratory and Office Space Real Estate

Contact Megan Jeffrey for information on how to post your listings and monthly page sponsorship opportunities.

WBBA's Online Career Center and Internship Programs Page

Our Career Center is the resource for life science jobs in Washington State.

One of WBBA’s top priorities is to help recruit, retain and train the talent needed to grow life sciences in Washington. We are driving to connect an innovative workforce to our emerging and dynamic organizations committed to better health solutions. This year, employers have posted over 350 unique jobsVisit the Career Center today to find your next job in the life sciences sector. Make sure to also check out our new page of WBBA Member-Based Internship Programs! If your company has openings, WBBA's Career Center is the best resource for qualified candidates within the life science industry.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available

The events, programs and actions of the WBBA are fueled by our members and sponsors. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Dennis Kroft at or 206.456.9565. Download our 2014 Sponsorship Prospectus today!

Connect with WBBA
on Social Media


WBBA uses social media to interact with our members and thought leaders in the life sciences. Visit us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest business to business links and head to our Facebook and YouTube pages to view pictures and videos of our events. As our industry grows, you can't afford not to be part of the conversation.

Social Media Spotlight:

Follow Resourceful HR (@ResourcefulHR)! Social media is a way for the company to share resources that keep followers current on important HR and recruiting information, as well as HR tips and industry information. It also allows them to keep up to date on what clients and WBBA members are working on. While attracting likes and followers is important, the most critical aspect of Reourceful HR's social media plan is to ensure they provide valuable information and join the online conversation to further enhance its understanding of what the Washington and Bay Area business communities require to continue to grow and innovate. Connect with them today on thier blog, via their monthly newsletter and of course on Twitter and Facebook!

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