CSBI Workforce Report & Press Conference 2014
Innovation and Impact in Washington StateOn April 3, at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Senator Patty Murray participated in the roll out of an important study “Innovation & Impact: Academic and Industry Collaboration in Washington State’s Life Sciences Research Enterprise." The study highlights the major role academic research institutes play in life sciences research and the way public and private collaboration contribute to the well-being of people around the world and to the state’s economy. In addition to Senator Murray, program participants included: Dr. Jim Hendricks, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Dr. Elson Floyd, Washington State University; Michael K. Young, University of Washington; Dr. F. Bruder Stapleton, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington; Dr. Charles Magness, Kineta; and Chris Rivera, WBBA. More than 75 leaders from the life sciences were in attendance.
Legislature Fails to Renew Important Industry Tax IncentivesThe Washington State Legislature failed to renew the technology sector Research and Development (R&D) incentives and Sales & Use Deferral Incentives for growing the life sciences here in Washington. We have become one of a handful of states without any tax credit incentives for our industry. While the Senate had included renewal of the incentives in their version of the budget, the House did not and in the end, one of the most successful economic development programs in the state’s history will expire at the end of 2014. The negative consequence for job creation and technology company investment is likely to be significant.
WBBA was part of a coalition working to renew the credits. We employed several strategies including lobbying, testifying before committees at bill hearings and in work sessions; and activating grassroots advocacy:
January 17 – Chris Rivera testified on behalf of WBBA members before the House Technology & Economic Development Committee Hearing on HB 1303 to renew the R&D Tax Credits
January 30 – Chris Rivera and John DesRosier, Life Science Discovery Fund, presented during the House Technology & Economic Development Committee Work Session – State of the Life Sciences Industry in Washington
January 30 – Chris Rivera testified before the Senate Trade & Economic Development Committee Hearing on Hearing on SB 6267 and SB 6430 - two different R&D tax credit and sales/use tax deferral renewal bills
February 10 – Brad Harlow, CEO of Cardiac Insight and PhysioSonics testified on behalf of WBBA members before the Senate Ways & Means Committee – Hearing on SB 6430 – a bill renewing both the R&D Tax Credits and the sales/use tax deferral
WBBA thanks all of our members who took action when we asked you to send emails, sign letters, and make phone calls urging legislators to renew the incentives. We will call upon you again. Renewing the credits will be a top priority of our 2015 public policies.
Governor Inslee Saves LSDFWith the stroke of his pen, Governor Jay Inslee vetoed elimination of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) when he signed the supplemental budget on Friday, April 4. In an unprecedented groundswell of support for LSDF, including letters from hundreds of individuals and organizations, editorials, phones calls, emails and tweets - many of them from our WBBA members - the Governor heard clearly the message that the LDSF was important to the state; contributing both to the health and economic well-being of Washingtonians.
Governor Inslee Meets with Life Science ExecutivesOn January 8, Governor Inslee convened a meeting with life science executives Chris Rivera, WBBA President & CEO; Thong Lee, WBBA Executive Committee and Board Chair and President, CEO, Accelerator Corporation; Tom Clement, WBBA Executive Committee and Board, President & CEO, Aqueduct Neurosciences; Erik Nilsson, WBBA Executive Committee and Board, chair of WBBA’s Government Affairs Council, President, Insilicos; Tim Martin, WBBA Board Member, Director, United States Government Affairs; Linda Hull, WBBA lobbyist; Patti Tenney, WBBA Senior Director, Public Affairs and Bevan Annaloro, WBBA Intern, and Scientist with Lonza Pharma.
Life Sciences Day in Olympia
Chris Rivera, WBBA President, Representative Dawn Morrell and Linda Gainer, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
We changed it up this year for our legislative day and by all counts it was a success. Folks have already said they’d like us to do the same thing next year. On January 30 in Olympia, nearly 80 life science leaders and legislators got to know each other over lunch as they talked about the exciting research going on in the Washington, critical policy issues that impact the life science industry, and goings on in Olympia. It was an excellent way to share stories of how our members are working to heal, feed and fuel the world and to learn about legislators' questions and concerns. Thank you to all those who attended. Special thanks to those who made it possible, our sponsors: Pinnacle: Amgen Bio Bus: Genentech and Innovation: Johnson & Johnson. See more Life Science Day in Olympia Photos on Facebook!
WBBA's Political Action CommitteeMore than ever, we need state policy that helps the life sciences grow here, move here and stay here. WBBA’s non-partisan political action committee is the BIOPAC. The BIOPAC helps increase the life science sector’s voice in Washington through education, information and support for candidates who promote policies that strengthen and grow the life sciences sector. Make your contribution today. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mark Your Calendar NowWBBA's Annual Golf Invitational, which raises money for our BIOPAC, is set for September 8, 2014. See you on the course! More information soon.
Members of Congress Come CallingCongressman Derek Kilmer Tours ZymoGenetics
On May 27, Congressman Derek Kilmer toured ZymoGenetics and participated in a round table discussion with leaders in the life sciences. Special thanks to Mike Fitzpatrick and Anne Murray, ZymoGenetics for hosting the Congressman. Dr. Katrina Mealey, Washington State University; Nate Miles, Lily USA; John Des Rosier, LSDF; Chris Rivera and Patti Tenney, WBBA and Andrew Wells and Emily Wick, Nyhus Communications participated in the round table. Rep. Kilmer’s interest in developing policies to help grow and sustain the life sciences was first apparent as he served in the Washington State legislature. He has taken that interest with him to Congress and continues to stay connected to the industry and a leader in advancing policy to help grow and strengthen the life sciences in Washington state.
Congressman Erik Paulsen Tours Amgen
Special thanks to Tim Martin and Carol Pawlak of Amgen for organizing and hosting a round table discussion with local life science leaders and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) on May 12. Elected to office in 2008, Rep. Paulsen has been active on health-care related issues and been a strong champion for repeal of the medical device excise tax and a strong supporter of issues including increased NIH funding and Medicare coverage and reimbursement. During his visit Paulsen had an opportunity to tour Amgen’s local R&D facility. In addition to the Congressman, those in attendance included: Laurie Esau, Chief of Staff to Rep. Paulsen; Jim Thomas, Larry Wienkers, Tim Martin, and Carol Pawlak, Amgen; Greg Sessler, Spiration, Inc. d/b/a Olympus Respiratory America; Tracy Day, Physio-Control, Inc.; Wayne Wager, Washington Medical Technology Angel Network – WINGS; Bevan Annaloro, Lonza Pharma AG; and Patti Tenney, WBBA.
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene Tours Amgen
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and life science leaders at Amgen’s Bothell Facility
In her first year in office, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is already a rising star with the life science industry. DelBene with a science background herself has toured a number of companies and held proactive roundtable discussions on patent reform, immigration and most recently federal research funding. A group of life science leaders met with Rep. DelBene recently at Amgen’s Bothell facility to discuss the pivotal and crucial role that research plays in working to heal, feed and fuel the world.
A group of life science leaders met with the Congresswoman recently at Amgen’s Bothell facility to discuss the pivotal and crucial role that research plays in working to heal, feed and fuel the world
Three Washington State Congressional Members Receive Industry AwardsU.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Congressman Dave Reichert each received an American Life Sciences Innovation Council award. The award recognizes each of them for their efforts to continually make healthcare more accessible to the people who need it.
Senator Murray’s State Director Brian Kristjansson accepted the award on the Senator’s behalf in her Seattle District Office while she had to be back in Washington DC
Senator Cantwell’s top staffer Jennifer Griffith accepted on the Senator’s behalf in her Seattle district office while she labored along in Washington DC
Congressman Dave Reichert accepts his awards at this District Office in Issaquah
WBBA takes to the air to raise its voice in DCBIO Fly In
In April, WBBA President & CEO Chris Rivera and Patti Tenney, Senior Director, Public Affairs joined colleagues from other state life science associations in Washington DC to participate in BIO’s Annual Fly-In. Special thanks to Leslie Fox, Johnson & Johnson
and Howard Coleman, Genelex for joining us in DC. We met with Representatives Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilme, Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, and Adam Smith as well as with staffers from the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Doc Hastings. It was a great opportunity to talk with them about the critical need to not cut but increase NIH funding; to appropriately fund the FDA and to release the sequestered FDA user fees; to ensure that the Medicare Part D program continue to provide access for seniors necessary medications; and about the need for a measured thoughtful approach to patent reform.
MDMA Annual Meeting and Fly In
In May, WBBA Senior Director, Public Affairs, Patti Tenney, traveled to DC to join colleagues from other trade associations and members of MDMA (The Medical Device Manufacturers Association) a national trade association based in Washington, DC providing educational and advocacy assistance to innovative and entrepreneurial medical technology companies at their annual meeting and fly in. During the brief afternoon window for meeting with members of Congress. While the Representatives were not in DC that week, Patti took time during a brief afternoon window for meeting with members of Congress to meet with staffers from the offices of Representative Herrera-Beutler, Derek Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert as well as with staff from Senator Patty Murray’s office. Conversation focused almost exclusively on repeal of the medical device excise tax, a critically important issues to our Washington state medical device companies.
Add Your VoiceAdvocacy is a powerful tool. WBBA’s strong, active Government Affairs Council works diligently to help 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. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti Tenney (or at 206-456-9566).