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WBBA Industry Working Groups

Connect with your peers to meet the unique challenges your Organization faces.

Communicators Group
(Open to ALL WBBA Members)

The goal of this group is to give people who are responsible for “getting the word out” for their respective organizations a closed-forum to discuss the unique issues, problems and challenges that face the people charged with fulfilling the role of communications, public relations, marketing, community outreach and investor relations, whether by specific title or by having it as one of their responsibilities. Join the group!

HR Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member HR professionals)

You are invited to join over 60 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. Join the group!

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. 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. Join the group!

Supply Chain Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Supply Chain/Purchasing professionals)

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 blythe@washbio.org. Join the group!

Facilities/Engineering Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals)

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 blythe@washbio.org. Join the group!

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Policy Matters

Policy on the Opinion Page

Washington State

Governor Inslee Names State’s Life Science Sector Lead

Voters Rejected Initiative 522

2014 WBBA Policy Priorities

Preserving Industry Tax Credit Incentives

WBBA’s 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia: Be there! – January 30, 2014

Governor Inslee Delivers Keynote at Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting

WBBA Ninth Annual Golf Tournament – Dollars for BIOPAC

Make an Investment in Supportive Public Policy

Federal

Sequestered FDA User Fees

Advocacy for WBBA Members- Add Your Voice

Washington State

Governor Inslee Names State’s Life Science Sector Lead

Maura Little has been named Life Science Sector Lead for Washington state.  The creation of such a position has been a policy priority for WBBA for a number of years. We are cheered that Governor Inslee has acted to create that position.

Chris Rivera, President & CEO, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA), enthusiastically welcomed the news of the appointment of Maura Little as the Department of Commerce’s Life Science Lead.  “As the life science trade association for the state of Washington, the WBBA looks forward to working closely with Ms. Little and Governor Jay Inslee to further support and grow one of Washington’s largest and fastest growing jobs sectors.  With 34,000 direct, and 91,000 total jobs, life sciences is one of the most competitive job creators that needs the focus of both the public and private sectors in Washington.”

Maura has deep background in the life sciences field, including liaison work for then-Congressman Jay Inslee with industry leaders and helping to draft and pass related legislation. After that, Little was Washington State Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network working on healthcare and other life-science issues at a state level.

Voters Rejected Initiative 522

For the second time in its history, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association board took a position on a state initiative when it voted to oppose Initiative 522.  Voters of Washington State agreed with that position when they voted.

The anti-science initiative would have provided consumers with inaccurate and misleading information about the foods they buy. WBBA supports truthful and non-misleading consumer information. To require the labeling of foods that are indistinguishable from foods produced through traditional methods would mislead consumers by falsely implying differences where none exist.

2014 WBBA Policy Priorities

On December 12, 2013 WBBA Board members approved the organization’s 2014 State Public Policy Priorities. Renewing our tax credits is a top priority along with passage of biosimilar legislation. Read more at the link.

Preserving Industry Tax Credit Incentives

The B&O R&D Tax Credits and the Sales/Use Tax Deferrals expire at the end of 2014.  The credits were first enacted in 1994 and renewed in 2010. Now faced with a different political and fiscal landscape in Washington, the renewal of the credits is not assured.  The competition among states is fierce as represented in a Competitive Landscape of State Life Science Incentives. Our top priority will be focused on renewing the tax credits. Washington needs to continue a favorable business climate to retain, recruit and grow the life sciences in Washington.  Please help the cause! If WBBA asks you for your tax story, share it and when we call on your to reach out to legislators, please answer the call. For additional ways you can help, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).

WBBA’s 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia: Be there! – January 30, 2014

Join us for WBBA's 10th Annual Life Science Day in Olympia 2014. This day in our state’s capitol is an opportunity to attend a briefing on WBBA’s public policy priorities, prior to meeting with legislators over lunch and educating them on the work you are doing and the importance of the life sciences in Washington and the fight for better healthcare for our citizens. Your participation is critical in bringing our messages to Olympia. Thank you to our Pinnacle Sponsor, Amgen

Secure your spot, register today!

Governor Inslee Delivers Keynote at Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting

In October, Governor Inslee keynoted his first Governor’s Life Science Summit and WBBA Annual Meeting. He had addressed the event previously as a Congressman. Thank you to all who attended this annual event – nine years in the running!  Governor Inslee offered some energizing words and news about the life sciences industry and its importance to the economy and communities of Washington State.  Check out our photos from the event on Facebook!

WBBA Ninth Annual Golf Tournament – Dollars for BIOPAC


Who said raising money for BIOPAC, WBBA’s nonpartisan political action committee couldn’t be fun? More than 100 golfers joined us on September 9 at Fairwood Golf & Country Club for sunshine, golf, silliness and excellent food and drink. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: PremierWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Lunch: BioMed Realty; Tee-Gift and Skilled Hole: Fenwick & West LLP; Beverage Cart: BNBuilders, Inc.;  Golf Carts: Skanska; 150-Yard Markers: Bernston Porter & Company;  Putting Green:  Alexandria Real Estate; Skilled Holes: Commissioning Agents, Inc., Lease Crutcher Lewis, Turner Construction and Wells Fargo Insurance Services; Holes: Kelley Imaging Systems, KP Corporation and SNBL USA; Soldiers Sponsors: DoubleShoe Farrier Services and OpenSquare

Make an Investment in Supportive Public Policy

 BIOPAC is WBBA's non partisan political action committee. 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 here in Washington and around the world. A contribution to BIOPAC is an investment in the industry’s future. To contribute online, complete our BIOPAC Contribution Form.

Federal

Sequestered FDA User Fees

WBBA joined 32 other life science associations in signing a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairs of the Bipartisan Budget Committee tasked with cutting a new budget deal by December 13.  The joint letter urges the Committee to permanently exempt Fiscal Year 2014 and future FDA user fees from sequestration in any forthcoming budget agreement. Read the letter here.

Add Your Voice

Advocacy is a powerful tool. 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 at every level of government. During the 2014 state session, we will be working to renew the R&D B&O Tax Credits as well as the Sales/Use Deferral Credits.  Grassroots efforts will be a critical part of our effort to renew the credits. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).


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