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WBBA Member Events Calendar 

To inform and encourage investment in our entire life sciences community, we allow our members to post their life science events. WBBA members are invited to submit upcoming events for free by emailing the details to

April 2015

Becoming a Better Influencer: Persuading with Ease and Getting Results 
Event Sponsor: Women in Bio, Seattle Metro Chapter
Date of Event: April 21, 2015 | 5-7 PM
Location:  Seattle Genetics, 21717 - 30th Drive S.E., Building 3 Bothell, WA, 98021

Brief Description:
Learn techniques to help others--and yourself--cope during times of change. All workplaces are constantly evolving. If you can grow with your company, you’ll stand out as an exemplary team player and leader. Learn the art of motivating others--and yourself--to be more productive, more effective, and to enjoy your job more. Learn how to put your best foot forward both online and in real life. We’ll discuss tips on acting with grace so that you stand out – in a good way!


University of Washington Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering Information Session
Event Sponsor: UW Professional & Continuing Education
Date of Event: April 22, 2015 | 6-7 PM
Location:  Attend in person: 1325 4th Avenue, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98101 or via webinar connection

Brief Description:
Learn about UW’s innovative evening Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering degree program and its affiliated Certificates in Basic Biosciences, Drug Discovery and Design, and Translational Pharmaceutics. RSVP to attend in person or RSVP to attend via a live webinar connection. Contact: Paul Detmer at  

Screening of the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic followed by a Q & A by an expert panel
Event Sponsor: Public Health Seattle and King County

Date of Event: Friday, April 24, 2015 | Documentary film at 6:00 PM, panel at 7:30 PM
Location: Seattle Children's Hospital Wright Auditorium, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
If you knew there was a vaccine that could prevent several types of cancer "including a form of cancer that kills over 250,000 women each year", would you get it for your child? The HPV vaccine prevents infections from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that causes cervical and other forms of cancer. An estimated 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, and most females and males will become infected with at least one type of HPV in their lifetime.  But low HPV vaccination rates are leaving both boys and girls at risk. Less than half of adolescent girls and only 13% of adolescent boys in Washington State have received the needed doses.  Please join Public Health Seattle & King County, Seattle Childrens Hospital and the Group Health Foundation in jump-starting the conversation between health care providers and parents  about the benefits of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention!

To register:  |   For more information on the HPV vaccine, ask your health care provider or go to


STEM Voice Video Competition
Event Sponsor: Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes, CSBI
Date of Event: April 24, 2015 | 11:59 PM PST
Location:  Apply Online

Brief Description: 
The STEM Voice™ Video Competition is nationwide opportunity for students in grades 5 - 12 to artistically explore the importance of STEM. The competition encourages you to be creative and use video to show how much you love STEM. Act it out, create an animation, sing it but, make sure it is appropriate for all ages. One semifinalist from middle school (grades 5-8) and one semifinalist from high school (grades 9-12) will be selected from each of the three regions. Each semifinalist (6 total) will receive a $500 cash award. Two grand prize winners (one from Middle School and one from High School) will receive $1,000 cash awards.


2015 MDMA Annual Meeting
Event Sponsor: MDMA

Date of Event: April 29 - May 01 | All day
Location: The Liaison Capitol Hill | 415 New Jersey Ave NW | Washington, District of Columbia, 20001
Plan to attend MDMA's 2015 Annual Meeting in our Nation's Capital, Apr 29th - May 1st, 2015. MDMA's Annual Meeting will cover key issues impacting the United States' leadership position in med tech innovation, and how we can all help shape the regulatory and legislative agendas. This year's meeting will provide the latest on regulatory, reimbursement, compliance and international trends, as well as share powerful stories of how med tech is improving patient care. WBBA members can enter the promo code "STATE" to receive $100 off registration!

Value of Attending = Engage industry executives, government officials and expert panelists on critical issues +  Hear first-hand updates on the latest news and must have information for med tech CEOs + Build relationships while networking with over 200 med tech CEOs and senior executives!


May 2015

Medical Devices 10x Conference 

Event Sponsor: Medical Devices Group, LinkedIn | et al
Date of Event:  May 4-6, 2015
Location: Hilton San Diego Mission Valley | 901 Camino Del Rio South

Brief Description: Now in its 3rd year, 10x covers timely subjects affecting the entire medical device industry – not just your piece of it – and, in an intimate setting, introduces you to people with the complementary skills you need to grow your business. For many, the conference is about new ideas. For others, it’s about new business.


New Web Panel Discussion:  "What's Hot & What's Not in Gene Therapies for Rare Disorders"

Event Sponsor: ShareVault, Defined Health and BIO
Date of Event:  May 6, 2015 | 11am PDT/2pm EDT
Location: Webinar

Brief Description: Exciting new gene and cell therapy technologies have the potential to treat devastating inherited diseases and rare disorders for which there is little hope of finding a conventional cure.  Recently this sector of the life sciences industry has been among the hottest biotechnology arenas for IPOs and licensing deals. ShareVault, in partnership with Defined Health and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), will present a web panel discussion on the cutting-edge advances in genetic therapies that are likely to provide game-changing treatments, if not cures, for patients with rare inherited disorders.  Discussion topics covered during the web panel will include advanced viral vector platforms that are likely to reach the market in the next couple years, as well as what’s on the horizon following exciting recent breakthroughs in gene editing.


Fireside Chat at the Cambia Grove: Russell Benaroya & Henry Albrecht

Event Sponsor: Cambia Grove
Date of Event:  May 7, 2015 | 6-8 PM
Location: Cambia Grove | 1800 9th Ave, Suite 250 | Seattle, WA 98101

Brief Description: On May 7, to kick off our Leadership Focus event series we’re hosting a fireside chat with entrepreneur community luminaries Russell Benaroya and Henry Albrecht. The Cambia Grove Leadership Focus speaker series will feature experienced thought leaders discussing topics to help emerging companies and innovators “level up” their skill set and knowledge base. Intended to engage and inform, Benaroya and Albrecht’s talk on May 7 will focus on “everything entrepreneurship” – from starting a business to forming a team, and encompassing the early stage start-up life cycle, from securing funding through growth mode. Like all of  the programming at the Cambia Grove, our Leadership Focus event series convenes stakeholders from the health care community to catalyze healthcare transformation in the Pacific Northwest and nationally.
We hope you will join us.


StartUp Weekend Bothell - HEALTH Edition

Event Sponsor: University of Washington, Bothell
Date of Event:  May 15-17, 2015
Location: UW Bothell | 18115 Campus Way Northeast | Bothell, WA 98011

Brief Description:  Ever wondered what it takes to be a healthcare or medical tech entrepreneur? Want to impact healthcare services, wearables, med devices, CROs or life sciences? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. Bothell Startup Weekend is the first Startup Weekend completely focused on health and related verticals in the state of Washington. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders for an opportunity for critical feedback. You do not need to be a designer, coder or even a seasoned healthcare professional to join; the only requirement is curiosity and effort. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!  Ideas for the weekend will impact the following verticals:


 Healthcare IT (ex. electronic medical records, telemedicine portals, electronic scheduling, etc.)
 Wearables (biometrics, etc.)
 Medical Devices
 Healthcare data/ B.I. innovations
 Pharma/Life Sciences
 Biomedical sciences

In addition to a great weekend full of entrepreneurial activity, participants will receive:

 A participant t-shirt and lots of fun SWAG!
 Food and drink to fuel your entire weekend
 Prizes for the winners of the final pitch 


June 2015

American Council for Medicinally Active Plants Conference 

Event Sponsor: American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, Inc. (ACMAP) | WSU, Spokane
Date of Event:  June 9-12, 2015
Location: Washington State University, Spokane Campus

Brief Description: Now in it's 6th year!


Father of the Year Awards Ceremony: Congratultions to Former WBBA President- Jack Faris, PhD

Event Sponsor: American Diabetes Association
Date of Event:  June 19, 2015
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Seattle

Brief Description: The purpose of this award is to recognize men who have made family a priority while balancing demanding careers and community involvement. Every year, the council in each city conducts a nomination process to identify honorees who meet the criteria to be nominated as Father of the Year. By honoring men who are seen as leaders in the community, we are generating attention to the event that furthers the Father’s Day Council’s goal of heightening awareness of the importance of fatherhood. We hope you will join us in supporting the amazing gentlemen who will be honored at this year's event!


NWABR's Annual Life Science Research Gala: Speak Up for Research

Event Sponsor: NWABR
Date of Event:  June 19, 2015 | 6:30-10:30 PM
Location: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) | 860 Terry Avenue North | Seattle

Brief Description: Join NWABR for our Annual Life Science Research Gala: Speak Up for Research. As we create awareness and understanding of biomedical research and its role in society. We encourage you to share your voice and advocate powerfully on behalf of research. Come celebrate with us, hear from thought and student leaders, enjoy tasty food, and network with peers. Purchase a table at the gala, and bring your guests!


September 2015

The 13th International Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery Symposium
Event Sponsor: University of Washington (Chaired by professors Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun)
Date of Event: September 16 -18, 2015
Location: University of Washington, Seattle

Brief Description: NanoDDS is the key annual event for researchers developing next-generation delivery vehicles — targeted, responsive, biodegradable nanomaterials to make diagnostics more sensitive and drugs more effective. Since 2003 nanoDDS has been held annually in different locations across North America. Over years it has attracted more than 2,000 participants from 30 different countries and became one of the most authoritative forums in its field. Each year the meeting comes to a different University campus, thereby promoting knowledge and becoming a major world-class scientific event for its students and scholars.


4th International Conference on Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology (CIPO2015)
Event Sponsor: University of Washington (Chaired by professors Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun)
Date of Event: September 25-26, 2015
Location: The Westin - Seattle, WA


Brief Description: Join us for the 4th International Conference on Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology entitled, "Examining the Emerging Therapeutic Potential of Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology." Hosted by Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the conference will bring together international scientists and healthcare leaders to discuss the latest immunotherapy research in the field of pediatric oncology. This is a CME conference. Early registration fee: $350 | Learn more at or contact

October 2015

17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

Event Sponsor: NIH
Date of Event:  October 27-29, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA | Bell Harbor International Conference Center


Brief Description: We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WSDC), this event will be the largest annual gathering of HHS SBIR/STTR federal experts in the country, including representatives from NIH, CDC, FDA and others.

Washington State has a vibrant life science ecosystem making it an ideal location for our conference. The event will take place at Seattle’s Destination Waterfront Venue, the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Small businesses at any stage of the commercialization process are welcome to attend – whether you are an SBIR/STTR newcomer or have already reached commercial milestones and seeking outside investors, strategic partners or follow-on funding. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small businesses, and small disadvantaged businesses ( There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to HHS. 


Stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May.


For specific questions about the HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR programs, please contact

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