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Event Volunteers- LSINW 2014

Click HERE for the LSINW 2014 Volunteer Registration Form!

A successful conference is dependent on fabulous volunteers. The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association is looking for a few good volunteers for our Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) conference, scheduled for June 19-20, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Ideally, volunteers should have an interest in life sciences, healthcare, research or science in general and can serve at least one, 4 hour shift doing the following:

  •     Providing directions
  •     Being helpful
  •     Exhibiting a professional manner
  •     Being courteous to conference attendees
  •     Standing or sitting for 4 hours


All instructions regarding duties and locations will be provided, and complimentary food and beverages are available for the hours corresponding with your work shift. Volunteers are also provided access to the conference for an equal number of hours worked.

This is an excellent opportunity for senior citizens, retired healthcare professionals or college students who are interested in science, math, engineering, or biomedicine. A sense of humor is a plus.

Note: Submitting an application to volunteer does not guarantee acceptance. All applications will be reviewed and volunteer positions assigned at the sole discretion of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.

If you are interested in volunteering at the 2014 conference, please contact Melissa Keough at execasst@washbio.org.

Committees

The work of the WBBA is dramatically extended by a network of business and scientific experts who are working to build a leading life sciences community globally. Committee descriptions are listed below.  Please e-mail the assigned staff member if you are interested in volunteering on one of our important committees:

Committee Descriptions

Program Committee

Current Committee Positions Open: Yes
Purpose & Objectives: To assist in the planning and execution of the Educational Programs that promote networking, growth in the life sciences industry. Committee members provide ideas, industry contacts and meeting support on a multitude of programs surrounding current hot topics in our industry.  Average 6 programs per year. Please see the committee charter.
Time Commitment: The committee meets once a month. With 6 events a year, most members will assist on one specific event and can expect 2-3 additional hours a month.
Meetings are typically held: Once a month for one hour; beginning at 8AM at Fenwick & West’s downtown Seattle offices.
Additional Participation Requirements: Must be a WBBA member
Subcommittees: N/A

Staff Contact Name: Darcy Ellsperman
Staff Contact Email: darcy@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9570

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Commercialization Committee

Current Committee Positions Open: No
Purpose & Objectives: The Commercialization Committee is a select group consisting of experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, investors and policy-makers who meet monthly to discuss a broad range of topics pertinent to for-profit and non-profit technology commercialization in Washington state.
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month
Meetings are typically held: Once per month
Additional Participation Requirements: Participation is currently by invitation only.  However, if you have an interest in serving on the committee, please contact Christiana.
Subcommittees: N/A
Staff Contact Name: Christiana DelloRusso
Staff Contact Email: christiana@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9560

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Government Affairs Council

Current Committee Positions Open: No
Purpose & Objectives: The WBBA is the state’s leading advocate for advancing the life sciences in Washington state. Our team, including our volunteer Government Affairs Council, brings experience and knowledge to pro-actively address public policy affecting small, medium and large life science firms at the local, state and federal level. The Council develops and makes recommendations to the WBBA Executive Committee regarding our annual policy priorities. The Council also provides oversight of legislation and assesses the impact of policy on our members, and recommends effective responses of support or opposition. Members of the Council may help develop position papers, write letters, testify before committees, participate in legislative meetings, and/or take part in grassroots calls to action.
Time Commitment: Approximately two hours per month with the possibility of additional time during the state legislative session.
Meetings are typically held: Second Tuesday of the month from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Additional Participation Requirements: The Government Affairs Council (GAC) is composed of 10-12 WBBA members’ company representatives, with at least two-thirds of the members representing core companies. The GAC Chair is appointed by the WBBA Board Chair and has a seat on WBBA’s Executive Committee and Board. Participation on the GAC is by invitation. However, if you have an interest in serving on the committee, please contact Patti McKinnell Davis, Director, Public Affairs.
Subcommittees: N/A

Staff Contact Name: Patti (McKinnell Davis) Tenney
Staff Contact Email: patti@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9566

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Golf Tournament Committee

Current Committee Positions Open: Yes
Purpose & Objectives: The Annual Golf Invitational is the sole fundraiser in support of the BIOPAC, which is WBBA’s non-partisan political action committee. BIOPAC helps increase the life science sector’s voice in Olympia through education, information and support for candidates who support Washington’s life sciences sector.
Time Commitment: The Golf Committee is active from April through August each year.
Meetings are typically held: The kick-off meeting and the wrap-up meeting are held in person. Other meetings take place as conference calls bi-weekly and weekly closer to the event.
Additional Participation Requirements: WBBA membership is the only participation requirement. Both golfers and non golfers serve on the committee.
Subcommittees: N/A
Staff Contact Name: Patti McKinnell Davis
Staff Contact Email: patti@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9566

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LSINW Steering Committee

Current Committee Positions Open: Yes
Purpose & Objectives: Assist with the planning, organization, and execution of the Life Science Innovation Northwest 2-Day Conference. Please see the committee charter.
Time Commitment: Planning begins about 12-9 months before the conference - and the committee meets once monthly until 2 months out, then twice monthly. 2014 conference will be held on June 19-20 in Seattle.
Meetings are typically held: Every second Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM, WBBA offices
Additional Participation Requirements: Must be a member of the WBBA
Subcommittees:

Staff Contact Name: Darcy Ellsperman
Staff Contact Email: darcy@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9570

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Purchasing Program Committee

Current Committee Positions Open: No
Purpose & Objectives: To provide value to our members as well as offer a strong return on investment for their membership.
Time Commitment: This committee meets every other month for 1 hour. All Purchasing Program Committee Members are required to attend several of WBBA's events throughout the year for maximum exposure and networking opportunities.
Meetings are typically held: First Wednesday of every other month between 8:30-9:30am.
Additional Participation Requirements: Must be a current WBBA Purchasing Partner offering specific discounts and benefits to our members.
Subcommittees:  N/A

Staff Contact Name: Blythe Price
Staff Contact Email: blythe@washbio.org
Staff Contact Phone: 206.456.9569

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