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Insilicos begins prospective heart attack study | Press Release
9/14/11: Insilicos announced that the Seattle life sciences company has begun enrolling clinical subjects in a diagnostic study to predict heart attacks up to two years before they occur.
The study will evaluate Insilicos’ PreClue diagnostic test by collecting blood samples from 400 persons who visit a Seattle-area emergency room with chest pain. Those who agree to participate in the study will provide a blood sample. The PreClue diagnostic will be used on the samples to predict each person’s risk of a heart attack.
“This prospective study is a milestone for PreClue and for Insilicos,” said Insilicos Chief Scientist Dr. Bryan Prazen. “PreClue has previously shown powerful results on banked samples. We’re now building on that work with this large study of a group of patients --patients who frankly need better information about the risks they face. The prospect of being able to help such people is exciting –as is the opportunity to create a valuable sample set.”
Insilicos is collaborating with researchers at the University of Washington in the study. The work is funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, a Blood Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
Women in Bio’s Seattle Chapter Kick-Off: The Photo Gallery | Luke Timmerman | Xconomy
9/16/11: Last night, I was in a room with 200 women and, oh, about five guys. I’m sure most men have never been to an event quite like this, especially in the typically male-dominated world of the biotech business. Read More
Biotech firm prepares for real-life killer bugs | Carol M. Ostrom | The Seattle Times
9/11/11: As the star-studded disaster film "Contagion" opened in Seattle theaters, researchers at AVI BioPharma in Bothell say they are testing technology that could stop real-life viruses from wreaking large-scale havoc.
When a virus is bad enough to take out major movie stars and gazillions of lesser mortals — all of whom die horrible, foamy-mouthed deaths in "Contagion," the star-studded disaster film that opened over the weekend — it makes you want to scrub your hands with bleach. Read More
Seattle Genetics Wins FDA Approval of First Drug, a New Treatment for Lymphomas | Luke Timmerman | Xconomy
8/19/11: Seattle Genetics’ big day has arrived, as it has won FDA clearance to start selling its first new drug on the U.S. market after 14 years in business.
The company has received FDA clearance to start marketing brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) as a new treatment for U.S. patients with a pair of rare lymphomas—Hodgkin’s disease and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. The drug was given approval under the faster-than-usual six-month review cycle the FDA sometimes grants to potentially lifesaving therapies, and the official word came a little bit faster than the agency’s legal review deadline of Aug. 30. The regulatory action was really no surprise, since Seattle Genetics won a 10-0 approval recommendation from an FDA advisory panel last month. Read More
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9/13/11: The Reach of Washington’s Global Health Sector | Mapping Study Release
9/13/11: State groups work toward global health | The Seattle Times
8/29/11: South Lake Union's barely noticed boom | The Seattle Times
8/26/11: Meet the people who live life changing innovation | AdvaMed
Impella Heart Pump: Interview with Dr. Burke and Interview with patient Iman Dorty
8/22/11: South Lake Union Success: The Numbers Don’t Lie | PubliCola
8/22/11: Seattle Genetics Wins FDA Approval of First Drug, a New Treatment for Lymphomas | Xconomy
8/19/11: Pathway Medical Technologies To Be Acquired by Bayer’s Medrad Unit for $125M | Xconomy
8/18/11: WBBA Member EXCLAIM voted #4 of Seattle's Top 100 Small Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine | Press Release
8/16/11: Seattle Children’s Invention Lands $2.3 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with Hopes of Saving Thousands of Infant Lives Globally Each Year | Press Release
8/15/11: City of Seattle Office of Economic Development releases Business Retention and Expansion 2010 Report. (See highlighted areas for the strategies and efforts of WBBA.)
8/12/11: Insilicos Awarded Grant for Proteomics Supercomputing | Press Release
8/8/11: Governor expands commission to accelerate innovation economy | Press Release
8/2011: America's Top 20 Geekiest Cities | Forbes (Seattle/Bellevue makes the list!)
8/2011: The Medic One Foundation announces the availability of grants through the W. Hunter Simpson Fund for Research and Development in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
8/1/11: United States Department of Commerce to lead first U.S. Government-led Biotech Trade Mission to China in October 2011
7/28/11: You are invited to join with business groups across the Puget Sound region that are participating in the second annual Job Sector Survey
7/28/11: MIRADOR BIOMEDICAL Receives CE Mark for its COMPASS™ Point-of-Access Pressure Measurement Device Platform | Press Release
7/28/11: Life Sciences Discovery Fund Announces Second Round of the 2011 Commercialization Grant Competitions Now Open
7/13/11: Emphasis On Innovation Could Boost U.S. Economy | Read or listen on NPR | WBBA’s Chairman Tom Clement Speaks on Boosting U.S. Economy through Innovation
7/11/11: I Was Infected At The WBBA! | Stewart Parker in Xconomy
7/7/11: Press Release: ZINO Entertainment ZINO Zenith Award Winners Announced
7/5/11: Press Release: Patent Issued for Healionics’ STAR® Biomaterial
7/2011: Breaking Through: Seattle-based Impel NeuroPharma might change how drugs treat disease. | Seattle Business
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Event Sponsor: University of Washington
Event Title: Ethical Considerations In Research Collaborations
Date of Event: September 22-23, 2011
Time: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: University of Washington, Seattle
Event Website: http://courses.washington.edu/oriconf/
Brief Description of Event: The University of Washington and Region X of the Public Health Service will host a conference on the responsible and ethical conduct of research on Sept. 22 and 23, 2011 on the UW Seattle campus. The theme is “Ensuring an Ethical Foundation for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Biomedical Research and the Provision of Public Health Services.” See the agenda here. Research and delivery of public health services is no longer constrained by geography, culture or resources. This conference will provide a realistic path forward for building or enhancing ethical foundations for collaborative research. Participants will take home suggested best practices, documents, educational materials, and will create new networks for industry and cross cultural collaborations. Nationally recognized speakers from across the country will present a broad range of concepts, experiences, policy directives and best practices for developing and maintaining individual and institutional ethical foundations for research. The conference will provide suggested approaches for assuring responsiveness to the NIH, NSF and other sponsor requirements for graduate student and post-doctoral mentoring and inclusion of RCR training for students and researchers.
Event Sponsor: NWEN
Event Title: eDate - Where Entrepreneurs and Experts Meet!
Date of Event: September 22, 2011
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Website: http://www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=15&id=566
Brief Description of Event: As an entrepreneur, whether your day is filled with writing code or courting investors, prototyping your product or revising your revenue plan, it can be lonely at the top! With eDate, we're pleased to offer you an evening of chatting (and cocktailing) with your peers, sharing stories, and swapping advice. And to top it off-- much better than high school prom-- you get to choose not one but two dates for the evening! In your ten minute date, we have a feeling you'll get lucky: come armed with a question apiece for two of our 25 experts, and leave with some valuable advice for your business.
Event Sponsor: Oregon Bioscience Association
Event Title: Platforms, Pathways and Pioneers: Oregon's Bioscience Progress
Date of Event: September 28, 2011
Time: 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: Portland State University
Event Website: http://www.oregonbio.org/Events/AnnualConference/tabid/132/Default.aspx
Brief Description of Event: Oregon’s largest gathering of the regional and national biotechnology and life science community is invited to convene Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 for the Oregon Bioscience Association’s annual conference. By attending Oregon’s premier bio industry event, attendees can network, connect and increase their knowledge base by learning about the local innovation landscape, investing, work force development, and how to put successful partnerships in motion.
Event Sponsor: Stratos Product Development LLC
Event Title: Stratos Open House
Date of Event: September 29, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Stratos Product Development, World Trade Center North, 2401 Elliott Ave, 5th Floor, Seattle, WA 98121 (map)
Brief Description of Event: Join technology leaders, innovators, investors, researchers, entrepreneurs and media at our annual open house. This year, we look forward to publicly unveiling our remodeled office and lab space. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to Rebecca Dawson ASAP. Space is limited, and last year's event had a waitlist.
Event Sponsor: ISPE PNW Chapter
Event Title: Regulatory Benefit-Risk Assessment of New Medical Products: Growing Interest and Growing Pains?
Date of Event: September 29, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Edgewater Hotel | 2411 Alaskan Way | Seattle, WA 98121
Event Website: http://www.ispe.org/cs/pacific_northwest_chapter_section/pacific_northwest_chapter_home
Brief Description of Event: This is the opportunity to hear from some of the movers and shakers in the field. What's happening? What's coming in the next decade?
The evening will include a panel discussion with Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical & Life Sciences industry leaders from the Pacific Northwest. A wide range of topics will be covered in an interactive Q&A session between the panel, event MC and audience members.
Cost: ISPE PNW Members $50 | Non-Members and Guests $75
Hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets included for all attendees.
To Register: Please contact Katie at email@example.com or 253-265-3042.
Event Sponsor: U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
Event Title: Science & Standards Symposium on Biologics & Biotechnology: “Advancing Quality Standards through Analytics and Assays”
Date of Event: October 2-6, 2011
Where: The Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101
Brief Description of Event: While a growing number of biologic and biotechnology products has entered the therapeutic market, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has continued to expand its portfolio of standards related to this important group of drugs. At its upcoming Science & Standards Symposium on Biologics & Biotechnology, “Advancing Quality Standards through Analytics and Assays,” taking place October 3-6 at the Westin Seattle, USP will lead discussions on standards-setting initiatives related to biologics and the materials critical for their manufacture. This event marks the first time that USP has focused its annual symposium exclusively on biologics.
USP is a private, nonprofit, science organization that develops standards for over-the-counter and prescription medicines sold or manufactured in the U.S. Compliance to existing USP standards is enforceable by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In establishing public quality standards, USP relies on input and expertise from industry for its standards-setting activities. Learn more online
Symposium participants from WBBA member companies are eligible for a $100 discount off the regular registration fee. Register for the Conference
In addition, USP will host a reception for WBBA members on Tuesday, October 4, at 5 p.m. in the Vashon Room on the San Juan Level (also known as the 3rd floor) at the Westin. To attend the complimentary reception as a WBBA member, please RSVP with your name, title and company to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Sponsor: We Work for Health Washington
Event Title: FDA 101
Date of Event: October 7, 2011
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Where: Nyhus Communications in the Pacific Tower at 720 Third Ave., Floor 12, Seattle, WA 98104 (map)
Brief Description of Event: Please join We Work for Health Washington for FDA 101, a discussion on the role and tasks of the Food and Drug Administration and why it matters to patient advocates and biotech businesses in Washington state.
Learn more about how the FDA affects the research and development of the innovative medicines that create jobs in Washington and improve and save the lives of patients around the world. Topics will include FDA funding, an overview of the clinical trials process, current regulatory issues and background on the upcoming Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) reauthorization before the U.S. Congress.
The conversation will be led by Michael Woody, an FDA and public health expert at the East End Group and David Boyer, Vice President and Healthcare Practice Co-Director, at BGR Government Affairs in Washington D.C. The forum will encourage conversation with members of patient advocacy groups, biomedical business leaders and elected officials’ staff. This is an opportunity for you to provide your unique insight and ask questions that matter most to you about the role of the FDA.
A networking breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 90-minute presentation and Q&A session beginning at 8 a.m. Parking validation will be provided.
For questions or to RSVP, please contact Andrew Wells at 206-436-0336 or Andrew.email@example.com.
The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is organizing the first U.S. Government-led Biotech Trade Mission to China. with stops in Beijing and Hong Kong from October 14-18. 2011. A goal is to make this mission a success for Washington-based biotech firms.
China offers tremendous opportunities for the U.S. biotech sector. This trade mission will help U.S. biotech participants identify Chinese agents and distributors, and match U.S. firns with investors and clinical research partners. As part of the National Export Initiative, President Obama has set a target of doubling U.S. exports in five years, and U.S. biotechnology exporters will be key in achieving this goal.
Additionally, protecting U.S. biotech intellectual property in China is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, and it is the intention to address this issue with senior Chinese Government officials during the trade mission.
Washington Biomedical & Biotechnology Association members are encouraged to learn more and apply to participate in this trade mission. For more information on the trade mission, please visit our website www.export.gov/trademissions/chinabiotech. or contact Douglas Wallace at (415) 705-1765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Sponsor: The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)
Event Title: 14th Annual Coverage, Reimbursement and Health Policy Conference
Date of Event: October 24-25, 2011
Where: Palo Alto, CA at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
Event Website: http://medicaldevices.org/events/featured/1023
Brief Description of Event: Join MDMA for the 14th Annual Coverage, Reimbursement and Health Policy Conference
Program Topics Include:
- Reimbursement Primer and Strategic Case Studies
- Payment under the New Health Law
- What are Medical Directors Really Thinking?
- Health Economics and the Age of Comparative
- Effectiveness/Technology Assessments
- The Impact of CPT Coding on Medical Innovation
- Reimbursement Outside the United States
- Executing Successful Reimbursement Campaigns
Who Should Attend?
- Reimbursement Specialists
- Sales and Marketing
- Compliance Officers
- Research & Development
BayBio, BIOCOM, CHI, OCTANe, Oregon Bio, Utah Tech & WBBA Members: $795
Additional fee of $100 to attend Reimbursement Primer & Case Studies
*Non-Members with sales less than $500,000, who pay the non-member rate of $895, may be eligible for 1 year free MDMA membership. For more information, contact Sheri DeVinney at email@example.com
Register online at http://medicaldevices.org/events/featured/1023
Event Sponsor: Technology Alliance
Event Title: Innovation Showcase
Date of Event: November 3, 2011
Application Deadline: Applications received by Friday, September 16th will be considered for the Fall 2011 Innovation Showcase.
Time: 3-6:30 p.m.
Where: Rainier Square Conference Center | 1301 5th Avenue, 3rd level of the Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle 98101
Event Website: http://technology-alliance.com/is/is.html
Brief Description of Event: The Innovation Showcase helps bridge the gap between research and commercialization by highlighting the most promising discoveries and new technologies ready for commercialization in Washington. This quarterly event, attended by our state’s startup leaders, investors, service providers, and serial entrepreneurs, promotes the idea sharing and networking that helps turn research into results. Showcases feature presentations by 3-6 innovators hand-selected by our program manager and screening committee.
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.
Event Sponsor: Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and Pacific Science Center
Event Title: Life Sciences Research Weekend
Date of Event: November 4-6, 2011
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Pacific Science Center
Event Website: http://nwabr.org/community/life-sciences-research-weekend
Brief Description of Event: Isolate strawberry DNA - build an antibody - touch a pig heart! Life Sciences Research Weekend provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting world of life sciences and the important role this research plays in our daily lives. Come experience the fun of science through hands-on activities and talks with scientists. More than 25 life sciences companies and research institutions will be present. The event is co-organized by Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) and Pacific Science Center. It is included with the price of regular admission. The program is funded through a SEPA grant to Pacific Science Center from NCRR at NIH.
Recognition! Visibility! Public admiration! All yours if your organization participates in Life Sciences Research Weekend – Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6th – at Pacific Science Center, co-presented by Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and Pacific Science Center. Life science companies and research institutions throughout the state are invited to have an activity table at the 5th annual Life Sciences Research Weekend. Hands-on activities will bring science to life for kids and their parents and showcase the amazing research that is being done in our state.
To reserve a table, sign up volunteers, or obtain more information, contact Reitha Weeks, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-957-3337x305. Also visit http://www.nwabr.org/community/life-sciences-research-weekend
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