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.

HR Group
(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.

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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. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at

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Facilities/Engineering Group
(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. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at

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Letter from the President 

 Chris Rivera

It is hard to believe that 2012 is winding down, where does time go?

As I begin to reflect on a very busy and productive year, I am also thankful for being able to work with some incredible people and companies! From my great staff, to my board of directors to all of our wonderful members, all of you help make this one of the best jobs in the world.

Since my last letter in the Innovator, we have had a very busy fall! We started it out with one of our best panel discussions at the Convention Center with “The Biopharmaceutical Marketplace – 2012”.  >>Read more - Letter from the President

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Value of Membership

Working together for better health

More than 120 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- New Industry Working Groups!

Are you and your colleagues taking full advantage of your WBBA membership? WBBA’s Industry Working Groups offer a unique way to connect with colleagues, share best practices, and discuss the unique challenges your role faces. Get in the conversation! We have private groups online and host quarterly meetings and social events.

HR Group

Supply Chain Group Kick-Off Meeting scheduled for January!

Clean Science Group hosting a Lab Supply Liquidation Event Jan 15th – Free lab supplies (new) for startup and small life sciences companies

Facilities/Engineering Group Coming Soon in 2013

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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 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.

Bring out the best in your Managers: "From the Laboratory to Leadership" Spring Course starts Feb. 20, 2013! 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 or call (858) 454-6540 ext. 200.

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!


  • 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  or call 206.287.4043. Learn more at




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Upcoming Events

Jan. 6: WBBA Reception at Hotel Monaco for J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Jan. 7-9: WBBA Networking Suite at Hotel Monaco for J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Jan. 10-11: VIP Forum - Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jan 15: Lab Supply Liquidation Event!

Jan. 16: Chemical Manufacturing Controls

Feb. 20: From the Laboratory to Leadership - Early 2013

Feb. 21: Bio on the Vine (Details Coming Soon)

View all upcoming WBBA events

Download and print the 2013 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 over 60 life sciences positions posted in the WBBA online Career Center, all in Washington State. This year, employers have posted over 400 unique jobsVisit the Career Center today to find your next job in the life sciences sector.

Did you know that over 14,000 job searches have been conducted on our Career Center in 2012? 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 2013 Sponsor Prospectus for your consideration.  If you have any questions please contact Dennis Kroft at or 206.456.9565.

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