The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication
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.
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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 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. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advocacy. Unity. Action.
Chris Rivera appointed to Governor-Elect Inslee's Transition Team
On November 27, Governor-Elect Jay Inslee announced that Chris Rivera, President of the WBBA, would be part of his 34-member transition committee. The committee will be divided into issue-specific work-groups coordinated by transition staff. Committee members were selected for their experience, expertise in their fields, and their ability to bring a fresh perspective to government. Chris’s appointment indicates that the life science industry is recognized as the strong economic driver it is in the state. This is a great opportunity for helping to move forward some of our policy priorities.
"My administration will be focused on growing Washington's economy, improving education, reducing health care costs and making state government more efficient and more effective," said Governor-Elect Inslee. "The team we've assembled represents both sides of the Cascades, our key industries, and people with experience both inside and outside government. I look forward to their engagement and appreciate their willingness to serve the state."
Advocacy for WBBA Members
One of the most important, but least known benefits of WBBA membership, is our advocacy and public policy work. WBBA’s strong, active Government Affairs Council works diligently to ensure a vigorous life science community here in Washington. Grassroots action can make all the difference on certain policy issues. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti (McKinnell Davis) Tenney at email@example.com or 206-456-9566.
WBBA State Policy Priorities 2013
On Dec. 6, the WBBA Board of Directors approved the 2013 State Policy Priorities. Be sure to familiarize yourself with them, as we may call upon you to help us advocate for specific policies. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Tenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-456-9566.
WBBA State Policy Priorities for 2013 (PDF download)
Calling Life Science Executives to Participate in WBBA’s Most Important Policy Event in 2013: Life Sciences Day in Olympia, January 23, 2013
This event is an ideal opportunity for the executives of your organization to talk with state legislators about policies critical to Washington's life science industry. Come to Olympia with us and meet with legislators during the day and join them at a reception that evening. Check out Sponsor Opportunities and register for the event.
Washington’s Economic Driver
In 2011, WBBA announced its partnership with the Technology Alliance and the Washington Technology Industry Association as the Innovation Coalition. We continued that partnership during 2012 and will do so in 2013 as well. Our joint agenda focuses on:
- A public education system focused on achievement and accountability: because education is an economic issue.
- Robust research and commercialization programs: because every successful innovation economy has at least one world-class research university at its center.
- A business climate that nurtures innovative, entrepreneurial companies: because innovation industries are job-creating industries.
Highlight of 2012 - Increased Conversations with Elected Officials
Conversations regarding the importance of Washington’s life sciences to the state and issues which affect the industry were held with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell as well as Congressmen Jay Inslee, Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, and City of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and City Council members Sally Clark, Tim Burgess and Richard Conlin.
Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes
WBBA is a member of the Coalition whose mission is to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort.
The WBBA’s non-partisan political action committee is the BIOPAC. Contributions to BIOPAC help increase the life science sector’s voice in Washington State government through education, information and support for candidates who promote the development of products and devices that save lives and improve the quality of life for millions of individuals. During the 2012 election cycle, the BIOPAC made $59,800 in contributions to both Democrat and Republican Candidates. We contributed to both Democrats and Republican candidates including gubernatorial candidates and four other state wide races. Fifty-two of the 53 legislative candidates to whom we made contributions won their races. We now begin to build our BIOPAC funds again for the next election cycle. Please contribute and help us raise our voice in Olympia. Learn more about BIOPAC at our website.
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