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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

January 2015

WIB-Metro Seattle Presents: “Usher in 2015 with WIB-Seattle Metro” 

Event Sponsor: Women in Bio Seattle-Metro Chapter 
Date of Event:  January 29, 2015 | 5 - 7 PM
Location: Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association | 1551 Eastlake Avenue E Seattle

Brief Description: Come network with your fellow WIB members and hear from one of Seattle’s most inspiring leaders: Dr. Christine Mac Donald from the Washington University School of Medicine. Described as a “superb young researcher,” Dr. Mac Donald is dedicating her career to improving the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Her stories of grit and passion will remind us of the life-changing reach of the life sciences and inspire us to tackle personal and professional challenges head-on in 2015.

February 2015


Event Sponsor: University of Washington Department of Bioengineering 
Date of Event:  February 3, 2015

Brief Description: Changes in health plan design and the shift in economic responsibility are out-pacing changes in health care delivery.  Ralph C Derrickson, President and CEO of Carena, Inc., will discuss the forces that are driving a new era of consumer access and delivery.  He will describe how Carena is combining the best of modern medicine, technology, and the e-commerce model of “consumer first” to create new virtual care delivery systems that are rapidly revolutionizing consumer access.  Ralph will share his experience partnering with some of the largest health care systems in the country as they strive to meet these challenges.


The Business Science of Startups 

Event Sponsor: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date of Event:  February 19, 2015 | 7-8:30 PM
Location: Icogenex Bioincubator | 454 North 34th Street Seattle, WA 98103 

Brief Description: Companies in all life cycles need to have an action plan to ensure their accounting is in order.  Learn why this is important and how an investment in proper accounting now, can save you money in the future whether your company is privately funded or the recipient of federal grants Join the accounting experts from Peterson Sullivan LLP for a one-hour presentation followed by Q&A and a hosted Happy Hour. Learn about the basics of federal grant accounting and compliance (and why you need to know it), biotech-specific state and local tax (SALT) and corporate tax issues (even if you aren't generating revenue), R&D credits, and more.
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Science for Life: Cancer Immunotherapy- is the cure inside of you?

Event Sponsor: Icogenex Bioincubator and Peterson Sullivan LLP
Date of Event:  February 11, 2015 | 3:30-6:30 PM
Location: Weintraub Building, Pelton Auditorium | Fred Hutch Campus

Brief Description: Scientists have long wondered why our own immune system fails to eliminate cancer, but recent research has shown that the two titans are, in fact, embroiled in battle. The discoveries have led to new therapies that harness the immune system to destroy tumors. Early clinical trials of these immunotherapies offer unprecedented hope that new cancer cures are within reach. Join us for a glimpse into the revolutionary science conducted at Fred Hutch. Our Science for Life presentation will break down the concepts, skip the homework and provide the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in a fun and informal atmosphere.


March 2015

WBBA and ShareVault Webcast: Securely Sharing Documents in the Bioscience Industry: Applications, Options, Risks and Unmet Needs 

Event Sponsor: ShareVault
Date of Event:  March 5, 2015 | 11 AM- Noon (PDT)
Location: Webcast

Brief Description: How secure are your most confidential documents? Please join us for a webcast to find out how bioscience organizations are using secure document sharing solutions to work with outside parties. Explore the risks and benefits of various solutions, and evaluate the reasons why many bioscience organizations have selected ShareVault to protect their intellectual property.

This webcast will cover the following topics:
* The common file sharing tools and services in use today
* The security risks that exist with these tools and services
* Besides hacker-proofing, what else is needed when sharing confidential documents
* How to ensure regulatory compliance when sharing documents (e.g. HIPAA)
* The meaning of "document control"
* The benefits of document and user monitoring
* The reasons the WBBA and BIO selected ShareVault as their Secure Document Sharing solution of choice


Next Era Strategies to Elevate Human Research Protection: OHRP Research Community Forum

Event Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Catholic Health Initiatives Institute for Research and Innovation, and the University of Colorado
Date of Event:  March 12, 2015
Location: 1701 California Street, Denver, Colorado 80202

Brief Description: In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Catholic Health Initiatives Institute for Research and Innovation and the University of Colorado, Denver will be co-hosting an OHRP Research Community Forum - Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The conference will include tracks focusing on HRPP/IRB Fundamentals, HRPP Efficiencies and Social Media in Research. Representatives from OHRP will be onsite to answer questions and provide news and policy updates. In addition, several conference sessions will be presented by OHRP staff.


StartUp Weekend Bothell - HEALTH Edition

Event Sponsor: University of Washington, Bothell
Date of Event:  March 27-29, 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 


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.

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