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 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
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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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Policy Matters - June 2012
Advocacy. Unity. Action.
Seattle City Council Passes Supportive Life Sciences Tax Policy
On April 30, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation that waives the business and occupation tax on government funded life sciences research for companies and nonprofit research organizations. The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association collaborated with the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, and the Washington Global Health Alliance to get CB 117438 passed.
We want to thank Mayor McGinn and his staff, Councilmember Tim Burgess, Council President Sally Clark, and Councilmember Richard Conlin for the key roles they played in coming together with the business community to clarify the issue and come to an agreeable solution.
Golf, Golf, Golf – August 13, 2012
Mark your calendars now to join us for more than a golf game at WBBA’s 8th Annual Golf Invitational, Monday, August 13 at Fairwood Golf & Country Club. Help us plan the best golf tournament ever. Join the Golf Committee. It’s short-termed and great fun to help plan and organize the event. Don’t miss out. WBBA’s Annual Golf Invitational is the only WBBA event which raises money to support WBBA’s state political action committee, BIOPAC. We’re already making contributions for 2012 state races. Participating in the golf tournament combines fun and support for the BIOPAC. Watch for registration information. We will be offering an early bird rate. Be sure to check out sponsorship opportunities.
Golf Sponsorships are available. Please contact Patti McKinnell Davis to join the committee or about sponsorships at email@example.com or 206-456-9566.
Chris Rivera Shares His Thoughts on "Inside Olympia"
On March 22, WBBA President Chris Rivera appeared on the show Inside Olympia (broadcast on TVW) to discuss the life sciences industry, economic development, trade issues, and the overall health of Washington State's economy. Watch the interview.
WBBA Executive Committee Legislative Dinner
On May 16, members of WBBA’s Executive Committee had dinner with Representatives Marko Liias and Tim Probst and Senator David Frockt. Held at the WBBA, the Legislators had an opportunity to tour our office as well as talk with the Executive Committee about challenges facing the industry, the legislators’ perspective and opportunities to work together on policy issues. Special thanks to Amgen for their generous sponsorship. Amgen sponsored a similar dinner in Olympia in 2011.
Medical Device Excise Tax Repeal Close to Finish Line in House
On May 31, the House Ways & Means Committee approved legislation to repeal the new $29 billion excise tax on medical devices on a vote of 23 - 11. The Protect Medical Innovation Act would repeal the 2.3% excise tax levied on American device companies in the new healthcare law that is set to take aim in less than seven months. The legislation is expected to be on the House floor the week of June 4. Co-sponsors of the bill include Representatives Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
For more information please click on the links below:
PROTECT MEDICAL INNOVATION ACT: Facts and Information, Legislation (HR. 436)
National Ad Calls for Repeal of the Medical Device Excise Tax
WBBA works closely with AdvaMed, a national medical device trade association, on federal issues. They recently provided a complimentary opportunity for WBBA to sign onto a national ad calling for repeal of the medical device excise tax. Check out the ad.
WBBA Meets with Members of Congress
Within the course of one week during April, WBBA staff and members met with Sen. Maria Cantwell at Amgen and Rep. Jim McDermott at ZymoGenetics following a tour there and a tour of the Accelerator. Both roundtable meetings were hosted by WBBA members in Seattle. Below are photos from the meetings. We are grateful to Sen. Cantwell and Congressman McDermott for taking the time to hear the concerns of WBBA members and members of Washington's life sciences community and for them to share their perspectives. Photos
BIO Legislative Fly In
On April 23 and 24, WBBA President Chris Rivera and Director of Public Affairs, Patti McKinnell Davis and WBBA members Diane Barry, AVI Biopharma, Inc., Robert Hartman, Johnson & Johnson; Tim Martin, Amgen; and Ann Simons, GlaxoSmithKline were in Washington DC participating in Bio’s Annual Legislative Fly In. The team visited with Senator Patty Murray, Representatives Jim McDermott and Adam Smith and staff members from the offices of Representative Hastings, Larsen, and Reichert.
Bill Walton and Rolf Benirschke Tout Support for Medical Device Industry at MDMA Annual Meeting
During May 30-June 1, Patti McKinnell Davis represented WBBA’s medical device members at the MDMA Annual meeting in Washington DC. NBA hall of Famer and NCAA legend Bill Walton and NFL star Rolf Benirschke, former place kicker for the San Diego Chargers, shared stories of the transformative life changes which took place because of innovative medical devices.
Jeffery Shuren, MD, Director, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) spoke about new activities and programs designed to increase transparency and speed the approval process so that medical device therapies get to patients sooner including Innovation Pathway 2.0. Check out his presentation: CDRH Updates and How They Will Impact Patient Care
Senate and House Pass User Fee Reauthorization Bills
On May 24, the Senate passed 96-1 S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, their version of the Prescription Drug User Fee (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee (MDUFA) reauthorization. On May 30, the House voted 387-5 to pass H.R. 5651, the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012, their version of the reauthorization bill. Senate and House staff began meeting last week to reconcile differences. If the differences are reconciled with such meetings than a formal conference will not be held.
Read more: Congressional Research Service Side-by-Side Comparison of S. 3187 and H.R. 5651
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