The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication
Calling all golf enthusiasts! Would you like to be a part of the planning for WBBA's Annual Golf Tournament? If you're interested in making this years' golf event the best yet, join the WBBA Golf Committee! You just have to be a member to participate. Contact Patti McKinnell Davis for more information.
Would you like to be involved in the WBBA’s educational programming for 2013? If so, join us on the WBBA Program Committee! The committee meets monthly to discuss and refine the programming the WBBA brings you each year. You just have to be a member to participate. Contact Darcy Jacobson for more information.
WBBA Industry Working Groups
Connect with your peers to meet the unique challenges your Organization faces.
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member HR professionals, no service providers)
You are invited to join your colleagues, HR professionals 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.
The next HR Group meeting is on Tuesday, July 31st titled, “Breaking Into Succession Planning: Beyond the Pretty Documents”.
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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 out there to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and the associated costs of such systems. Biotech is an industry reliant on sterile, one-use products to ensure high quality research. This process generates a lot of waste. Is biotech doing everything it can to reduce waste, and increase recycling? Are we sacrificing the health of our planet for the health of people? Is there a way to create science that is clean and healthy for both the planet and for the people we are trying to heal? 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. Together, we can help heal people, progress science and have a healthy place to live.
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Supply Chain Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Supply Chain/Purchasing professionals, no service providers)
This group offers supply chain, purchasing, and sourcing professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. Co-Chair positions are available; if interested please contact Danah Abarr at email@example.com.
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(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals, no service providers)
This group offers Facilities and Engineering professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. Co-Chair positions are available; if interested please contact Danah Abarr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Letter from the President
Where does the time go?
It seems like yesterday I was saying Happy New Year to all of you, and now the year is nearly half over.
Our biggest event of the year, Life Science Innovation Northwest is really shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. We set a new record already this year with 80 presenting organizations selected for the conference. We are also very proud that Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is keynoting the conference this year. Jeff will highlight some of the outstanding work that the Gates Foundation is doing, as well as the ongoing efforts between the public and private sectors focused on helping people around the world live a better, healthier and happier life.
Steve Burrill, CEO of Burrill & Company will also provide his vision for the future trends in life sciences. This presentation is always one of the highlights of the conference.
The 5 panel discussions this year are some of the most relevant and timely topics in life sciences, with industry experts from around the world discussing where we are and where our industry is heading. You don’t want to miss Life Science Innovation Northwest this year!
In addition to preparing for LSINW, we have had a very busy Q2! Events like Pub Night, Mobilizing Miracles, NeuroNext, Ultrasound Innovation in Washington, Planning for your Drug Development Success and Sustainable Science kept us hopping.
On the public policy front, we have had a very busy legislative session in Olympia. We've also hosted Executive Roundtable discussions with Maria Cantwell, Adam Smith, Jim McDermott and Mayor Mike McGinn, and we led a contingent from Washington at this year’s BIO and AdvaMed’s Fly-In’s in Washington DC! For more information, I encourage you to go to WBBA’s Public Policy page on our website to learn more about our priorities and to get involved.
Another big milestone for our Commercialization efforts is that we have now exceeded meeting with and mentoring more than 130 unique, start-up life science companies! 30 new start-ups have already reached out to the WBBA’s Commercialization team for support this year!
Venture Investor & Partnering (VIP) Forums were hosted for H.I.G. BioVentures, as well as MedImmune Ventures and Partners, and we are preparing for C.R. Bard’s trip in August. In addition, WINGS continues to help our medtech community garner early stage seed funding. Nearly 35% of presenting companies to date have received funding from WINGS angels, which has led to millions of dollars in follow-on funding.
Check out our upcoming 2012 events on our web site. The second half of 2012 will offer both great content and networking opportunities during these events. One item that you will all want to watch - the Governor is planning a trade mission to Korea and India in October 2012. Watch our website for more details!
Stay tuned to additional events and activities by following us at; www.washbio.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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