The Life Science Innovator
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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 over 50 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.
The next HR Group meeting is the December Holiday Luncheon. Join the group to learn more!
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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 available 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Letter from the President
What a summer! And, where did it go?
Traditionally, summer at the WBBA has been one of our slower seasons of the year. It is a great time for us to prepare for the Governor’s Life Science Summit and our Annual Meeting, and to decompress from Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW).
But not this year! In 2012, we have been working in conjunction with Seattle Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. We made a strategic decision to move Life Science Innovation Northwest to July to coincide with Global Health month. The decision paid off in spades; LSINW was a smashing success by all accounts. >>Read more - Letter from the President
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Working together for better health
More than 90 new members have already joined WBBA in 2012!
WBBA is now one of the nation's largest state life science associations!
Learn more about the newest WBBA members and join us in welcoming them!
Member Spotlight- Nexgenia
Core Member joined August 2012
Nexgenia provides novel specialty chemicals and materials for manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic assays and for life science applications related to assays and molecular separations. Nexgenia employs polymer-based nanotechnology to make reagents that can react faster, with more sensitivity, and be separated more efficiently than currently used assay reagents. The core of the technology is the use of stimuli-responsive polymer conjugates of antibodies and magnetic nanoparticles to enable faster binding kinetics while providing for easy, rapid separations of bound from unbound materials.
These reagents are game-changers – creating higher speed and sensitivity attributes for any analyte, across a wide array of applications. Nexgenia has developed significant manufacturing and applications expertise for these reagents, along with a growing intellectual property portfolio.
Nexgenia’s polymer-based nanotechnology represents the next generation in diagnostic and life science reagents. Interested manufacturers and distributors are encouraged to contact us at email@example.com.
“Nexgenia has benefited from the strong support of the UW and the WBBA. The services and help that these organizations provide are invaluable to start-up companies. And even beyond their services, both organizations are fostering a real community of biomed/biotech entrepreneurs in Seattle.” - Thomas Schulte, CEO
Member Spotlight- Northeastern University Seattle
Institution Member joined as Gold Members in June 2012
Northeastern University - Seattle offers 15 high-demand graduate degrees aligned with industry in the region and around the globe, in science and technology, business and nonprofit leadership, and health-care innovation. Our graduate campus is located in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, an epicenter for innovation and discovery, and home to many of the city's leading companies. More information at www.northeastern.edu/seattle.
“After attending a few meetings, it was very clear that WBBA is at the very center of our life sciences and biotechnology community here in Seattle. President Chris Rivera has his hand on the pulse of what is going on in these sectors and is as good a champion for our region as we could ask for. I have learned a tremendous amount in talking with Chris and meeting a few members at WBBA events. WBBA will play a key role in helping Northeastern get the word out on its graduate degree programs designed for the schedule of working professionals. We are delighted to now be a Partner at WBBA.” – Tayloe Washburn, Dean and CEO
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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 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 200 of our participating Members over $5M. Join your colleagues and start saving today with service providers like Office Depot, VWR, FedEx, and many more! Download our new Purchasing Program postcard and visit all of our partners online to realize the many ways you can save your organization time and money.
If you are not taking advantage of our services to help you grow and resources to help you thrive, contact Danah Abarr to find out more.
Holiday parties are just around the corner! The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is offering special catering deals ON TOP OF your existing WBBA member discount; book your event today!
BOOK A HOLIDAY PARTY & WHISPER YOUR WISH…
- Welcome Champagne Cocktail
- Holiday Hors d’oeuvre
- Festive Poinsettia Centerpiece
- Complimentary Bartender
- Complimentary Coat Check attendant
- Complimentary Microphone
- Complimentary Up-lights
- Overnight Stay to Raffle at your event
- Festive Holiday Spotlighting
Offer applies to holiday parties with a contracted food & beverage minimum* of:
- $25,000+ select 3 holiday wishes
- $24,999-$10,000 select 2 holiday wishes
- $9,999-$5,000 select one holiday wish
- *minimum is exclusive of tax & service
- catering event must actualize before January 31, 2013
Contact your Holiday Helper Jordan Helling at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.287.4043. Learn more at www.fairmontolympiccatering.com.
Mercer US offers FREE webinars on HR related topics throughout the year! Join us for the next webinar on October 1st.
“Performance Management Trends and Tools" is scheduled to be held at 11:00 AM on October 1st. During this webinar, Pat Shannon, a specialist in performance management from Mercer's Human Capital group, will lead an interactive conversation on performance management trends in the market and tools that make sense for small organizations (including discussing 360 degree reviews and leadership assessments).
Please email Nicole Andreoli at email@example.com if you would like to join us on October 1st, and you will receive dial in instructions.
Bring out the best in your Managers: ‘From the Laboratory to Leadership’ Fall course starts September 26th! WBBA members save $500 on registration!
Your science is on the cutting edge. Are your people?
From the Laboratory to Leadership turns science-minded managers into capable business leaders. That means they’ll get the core management skills they need to fully leverage your company’s human capital. In this four-day program, developed exclusively for managers in scientific fields, participants will learn how to …
- Create productive teams in a challenging matrix-based team environment
- Clearly communicate goals and expectations resulting in a highly engaged and productive workforce
- Run effective meetings that drive results and minimize the time away from your employees highest payoff activities
- Resolve conflict and reduce stress through an increased understanding of personality and work styles
- Leverage limited resources to meet major milestones
- Delegate with confidence while better utilizing your resources and talent
- Conduct performance reviews and motivate employees through clear communication, employee development plans and the celebration of successes
View Course Syllabus
For more information contact Tiffany Rapp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (858) 454-6540 ext. 200.
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The Biopharmaceutical Marketplace 2012
From the Laboratory to Leadership - Fall 2012
Sept. 30- Oct. 11
WA State Trade Mission to Korea, India
UW Bioengineering Fall Open House
Oregon Bio Annual Conference - Bioscience Digization and Discovery Conference
Governor's Life Science Summit & Annual Meeting
View all upcoming WBBA events
Download and print the 2012 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!
WBBA's Online Career Center
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.
Currently, there are nearly 100 life sciences positions posted in the WBBA online Career Center, all in Washington State. Visit the Career Center today to find your next job in the life sciences sector.
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. We are pleased to provide the 2012 Sponsor Prospectus for your consideration. If you have any questions please contact Danah Abarr, Business Development Manager, at email@example.com or 206.456.9569.
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