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Consulting Services

WBBA offers pro bono consultation services to all life science members as well as a one-time consultation for future members.  Our team provides invaluable guidance, feedback and coaching based on industry expertise and decades of experience.  Our consultant, Chris Porter, Ph.D., has over 35 years of experience in the medical device and biotech industry in both major corporations (3M, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer) and early stage medical companies.  He is a serial entrepreneur with 42 patents and he has been influential in introducing over 35 medical products.

Our consultation program can help with a broad variety of issues facing the life sciences community, including: company formation, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, reimbursement, merger and acquisition strategy, dilutive and non-dilutive funding, pitch practice, business plan review, technology transfer, product design, manufacturing, accounting/finance, and management. 

WBBA members should e-mail to set up a consultation. To become a member and begin taking advantage of the WBBA Consulting Services, please see details in our Member Center.

We administered a follow up survey to the companies that we have seen for consulting since 2009.  Of the respondents, 80% are still in operation, nearly 60% have hired full time equivalents (over 300) and raised money (~$200M), and almost 30% have achieved revenue.



To date, the consulting program has supported over 250 life science startups as they sought advice on matters related to all aspects of early stage company develop. The companies and research groups seen have been diverse, spanning multiple industries, IP sources and stages.

Get Noticed by Emerging Life Science Companies - Sponsor Commercialization Consulting


We are offering service providers with expertise in these areas a unique opportunity to connect with these early stage companies we support.  This exciting, win-win program offers service providers visibility and connection with these early stage life science companies, and at the same time, provides the startups and entrepreneurs with some crucial, initial services for no cost.  Your company can be featured in the Commercialization Resource Packet as a sponsor of the Consulting program. Your company one-pager will describe your area of expertise, service offerings and the offer of at least two hours of initial pro bono services. 

We envision that more than 90 early stage life science companies will receive this packet in 2014, creating an instant connection to your unique services. 

Often, these early stage entities do not have a wesbite or other online presence.  Sponsoring WBBA's Consulting Services is one of the best ways to reach out to a wide group of diverse companies within the life sciences!

Special thanks to the sponsors of our Consulting Services!



Commercialization Team

Christopher (Chris) Porter – Life Sciences Commercialization Consultant | 206.456.9560


Chris Porter joined the WBBA in March 2011 as Commercialization Consultant, and has had a successful 35-year career in the medical-device and biotechnology industry. He has been influential in introducing over 30 medical products and is the holder of 42 US patents. He has served in a variety of positions (CEO, General Manager, top technical and top manufacturing positions) in both major corporations (3M, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer) and early stage medical companies. These experiences have given him an excellent overview on how to start, value, finance, organize and lead a successful medical products business. He has been an important part of creating in excess of $2.0-billion dollars in shareholder value. Dr. Porter is and has been a CEO and/or board member of numerous public and private companies. He has founded, invented products for, and/or contributed heavily to the success of numerous medical-device companies and started three divisions within major corporations. He is an experienced and successful fundraiser including: venture financing, corporate partnerships, out-licensing, acquisitions (both buyer and seller) and IPOs. He has conducted "due diligence” for several venture firms and has made a number of investments in early stage companies.

At present, Dr. Porter runs Medical Genesis, a consulting firm and medical device incubator. He is also devoting most of his efforts towards assisting early-stage companies by mentoring and participating in entrepreneurial education and technology transfer at Seattle U and UW. He serves on multiple boards and screening committees and is also very active in several non-profits. Dr. Porter recevied his Ph.D. in Chemical and Material Engineering from the University of Utah.


Brady Ryan – Commercialization Associate | 206.456.9571


Brady joined the WBBA in 2012 as a Commercialization Associate for the WBBA and Project Manager for WINGS, the Washington Medical Technology Angel Network. Brady works with the Commercialization Team to support life science innovators realize successful product launches and funding endeavors.


Brady graduated from Willamette University in Salem, OR in May, 2012, with a degree in biology. He is very excited to contribute to the success of the life sciences in the Pacific Northwest.


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