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WBBA team participates in Race for the Cure
Led by breast-cancer survior Sally Halela (early detection saves lives!) the WBBA team raised more than $3,000 for the cause, not bad for the first time! The WBBA team was part of the approximate 15,000 participants, and carried the WBBA banner across both the start and finish line. Donations will be accepted until July 5, 2011. We hope to see you next year!
Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress
The second Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress was held in San Francisco on April 15-16, 2011. The focus was on the move towards personalized, patient-driven medicine, and the role that Sage Bionetworks can play in that transition. Reports from the Sage Federation, Working Groups, exciting projects like SageCite and a poster session were presented. Congress presentations are available as PDF downloads and there are also link to video podcasts of the congress presentations on the Sage Bionetworks podcast page. Read more about Sage Bionetworks- Open Source Biology Deserves a Shot | Xconomy, Luke Timmerman 4/11/11
Ernst & Young announces Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Recipients for 2011
WBBA member Ernst & Young celebrated the accomplishments of 27 finalists and honored 11 award recipients from different industries in the Pacific Northwest on Friday, June 10. 2011. Congratulations to Mitchell H. Gold M.D. of WBBA member company Dendreon Corporation. Dr. Gold was honored with the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Emerging Sciences category. Ryo Kubota, M.D., Ph.D. of member company Acucela was nominated in the same category.
Seattle has become one of the nation's leading healthcare and life science centers with a significant concentration of innovative healthcare providers, biotechnology firms, global health organizations, and life science research institutions. Seattle's broader healthcare and life science cluster totals over 90,000 workers with annual payroll of $4 billion. On May 26th, Mayor Mike McGinn met with stakeholders to discuss ongoing city actions to create jobs in the healthcare, global health and life sciences industries, and create opportunities for Seattle residents to earn these high quality jobs. An economic impact study of South Lake Union and an analysis of Seattle's life sciences and global health industries show continued growth in these sectors. "Building on our strengths is an important part of the Seattle Jobs Plan," said McGinn. "The success in South Lake Union with the life sciences and global health sector is an example of successful public-private partnership. We are committed to continued engagement with industry and community leaders on issues of job training, power reliability, zoning, transportation infrastructure and urban design to continue this momentum."
Also in the News...
6/9/11: Chris Rivera and WBBA to lead life science delegation with the Governor on her Trade Mission to France and Germany
6/7/11: Washington State University, with support from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, is conducting a study at a Seattle-based retirement home | Computers help solve the challenges of aging
6/6/11: WBBA members PATH and GlaxoSmithKline partner on Malaria Vaccine | Read more in Xconomy
6/3/11: Angels make first investments in biomed device firms | PSBJ
5/27/11: Seattle Times guest columnist Andy Hill urges Congress to enact a more reliable U.S. patent system| Medical innovation demands federal patent reform
5/11: Read about WBBA member, SightLife in An Eye Bank Bets on Best Practices | Inc.
5/11: Seattle Business says: Alder may be Bothell's next biotech star
5/11:New Life in Life Sciences | Seattle Business
5/11:Check out The State of Washington Exports in 2010 | Seattle Business
3/11: Seattle Business Names WBBA Member, PATH as 2011 Outstanding Global Health Organization. Runners up include WBBA members Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and SightLife
5/16/11: WBBA Member QuakeHOLD! Industrial featured on King 5 News
5/12/11: Matrix Genetics Pursues the Algae Fuel Dream in the Lab, Not With Big Steel Tanks, Giant Ponds |Xconomy
4/13/11: Spokane’s Latest Idea: Invest in New Med School To Create Biotech Hub | Xconomy
4/8/11: Evolve or Die: Versant’s Beckie Robertson on Four Ways Med Device Companies Can Survive | Xconomy
3/30/11: Dendreon Prostate Cancer Drug Proposed in Medicare Coverage | Bloomberg
3/25/11: Philips Healthcare extends $77.2M Defense contract | MassDevice.com
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June 26, 2011
The Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Museum
The Burrill Pan-Asia Life Sciences Meeting brings together government and industry leaders from China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand for a three-hour meeting to discuss government incentives aimed at making these countries attractive to life sciences companies. CEOs will provide a ground-level view and discuss their experiences doing business in Asia and Australia. Learn more and register online. Sponsored by
June 26-30, 2011
Seattle, Washington, USA
Started in 1978, the Biochemical Engineering Conference is the premier venue for unveiling research at the cutting-edge of biological sciences and engineering. The primary goal of this international conference has always been to bring together academic and industrial scientists and engineers from diverse backgrounds to share insights on how to tackle critical problems in biochemical, biomedical and biomolecular engineering. As it enters its fourth decade, BME XVII will showcase progress in emerging frontiers at the forefront of major societal needs. The venue for the meeting will be the beautiful Bell Harbor Conference Center in the heart of Seattle, Washington. Learn more online! Sponsored by
Event Sponsor: World Affairs Council
Event Title: Vaccines: The Global Health Miracle
Date of Event: June 22, 2011
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Broadway Performance Hall, 1624 Broadway, Seattle, WA
Event Website: http://www.world-affairs.org/events/2011/06/22/vaccines-global-health-miracle
Brief Description of Event: Panelists: Ms. Helen Evans, Interim CEO, GAVI Alliance Dr. Alan Aderem, Director, Seattle BioMed Dr. Chris Elias, President and CEO, PATH Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County NOTE: Networking Reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is included in the cost of this event. Panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Are vaccines the unsung heroes in global health? Why has Bill Gates called this the ‘decade of vaccines’? Why do some parents in wealthy countries resist vaccinating their children, while many parents in poor countries want to vaccinate theirs, but lack access to vaccines? Join the World Affairs Council and the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) for an exclusive community discussion with a panel of local and global vaccine leaders to learn more about the global efforts to bring life-saving vaccines to the children of the world who need them most. Come with your questions and be prepared to learn about the potential impact of vaccines and the complex challenges faced by communities, countries and the world to ensure that every child has a shot at life.
Event Sponsor: University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education
Event Title: Trade Finance: How to get paid, access financing, and mitigate risk when selling overseas. Presentation will discuss ways for exporters to ensure payment and access financing of overseas sales.
Date of Event: June 14, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: University of Washington Bothell
Event Website: http://medtech1.eventbrite.com
Brief Description of Event: Join us as John Brislin and Natalie Campbell from the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington discuss ways for exporters to ensure payment and access financing of overseas sales, while maintaining competitiveness in a global market. Attend in person or via a live webinar connection before the June 14 Bothell Biomedical Innovation Zone event.
Event Sponsor: Trade Development Alliance
Event Title: Trade Development Alliance Welcomes His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
Date of Event: June 23, 2011
Time: 8- 9:30 a.m.
Where: Westin Hotel Bellevue
Event Website: http://www.seattletradealliance.com/blog/?p=6087
Brief Description of Event: Join the Trade Development Alliance in welcoming His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland, and his business delegation to Seattle.
We will be treated to a look at Iceland’s economy and key industry sectors, followed by a business panel discussion on doing business in Iceland as seen from Washington state companies.
Additional opportunities: Iceland’s IT and renewable energy sectors: For a more detailed discussion of these industries, please join us for break out sessions from 10:00 am – 12 noon at the Westin Hotel Bellevue. Additional information will be distributed upon registration. Admission to this event is $15 for members of TDA and $20 for non-members. Register Online. To register over the phone please contact Samantha Paxton at 206.389.7319 /email@example.com.
Iceland’s biotech sector: Iceland is a center for biotech research. Please join us for a discussion on the industry from 10:45 am – 12 noon at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Arnold Building, Room M1-A303. Admission to these sessions are complimentary. To register please contact Samantha Paxton at 206.389.7319 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Title: 2011 David J. Fanning Memorial Golf Tournament, Benefiting Diabetes Research
Date of Event: Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Time: Start Time: 12 p.m. shotgun start | Check-in: 10:30 a.m. registration
Where: Tumble Creek Club in Suncadia Resort
Event Website: http://www.fanningmemorial.com/
Brief Description of Event: Thank you for visiting the online home of the 2011 David J. Fanning Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit diabetes through our partner, the Virginia Mason Benaroya Research Institute. Dave, the 48 year-old CEO of Seattle-based Theraclone Sciences, passed away on June 14, 2010. He was passionate in his support for the development of a cure for Type I Diabetes. Dave was also an avid (translate – “hack”) golfer, most noted for his pantheon of errant shots, his introduction of Viking Golf at Corixa, and his keen appreciation of the recuperative powers of the 19th hole. Please join organizers Steve Gillis and Jim DeNike in celebrating Dave with this benefit for diabetes research.
Event Sponsor: University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education
Event Title: Patent Challenges & Opportunities for Medical Devices in the U.S., Europe and Asia
Date of Event: Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Univ. of Washington Bothell, UW 2 Room 141 or by Webinar
Event Website: http://uwmedtech2.eventbrite.com
Brief Description of Event: Effective patent protection is critical to preserving the commercial value of innovative medical device technologies. However, there is no single ‘world patent,’ and patent practice and standards vary from country to country. Appreciating such differences can be critical to understanding what patent protection is available and how best to position patent applications for success in the U.S. and internationally. We will discuss some of the similarities and key differences between the patent systems in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China. In addition, we will highlight the conditions under which extended patent exclusivity can be obtained for patents covering medical devices in the U.S. and Europe. Sam Webb at partner at Stoel Rives LLP will present on this important topic.
Event Sponsor: Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc. (QCTN)
Event Title: ICMAN5
Date of Event: October 13-15, 2011
Event Website: http://www.icman5.org
Brief Description of Event: The 5th International Conference on Mechanisms of Action of Nutraceuticals (ICMAN5) will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 13 to 15 October 2011. This conference will discuss the latest research involving nutraceuticals and how this is relevant to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions. With speakers from around the world, we are expecting approximately 300 delegates including academics, regulators, medical practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, allied health providers and industry. This conference is being hosted by the Queensland Clinical Trials Network Inc. (QCTN) which is an independent, member-based association dedicated to the development and promotion of Queensland’s clinical trial capabilities.
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