In this issue...
Love to golf? Want to get involved with the planning and execution for one of WBBA’s short-term yet critical committees? Our golf event, held this year on August 13 at Fairwood Golf & Country Club, raises money for BIOPAC, WBBA’s political action committee. If you’d like to get involved, join us on the WBBA Annual Golf Invitational Committee for 2012. The committee kicks off in April. Come have some fun and help raise WBBA’s voice in Olympia. You just have to be a member to participate. Contact Darcy Jacobson for more information.
Would you like to be involved in the WBBA’s educational programming for the year? If so, join us on the WBBA Program Committee! The committee meets monthly to discuss and refine the programming the WBBA brings you each year. You just have to be a member to participate. Contact Darcy Jacobson for more information.
WBBA invites its members to take part in one or more of several new groups that are being formed. Learn more here.
The latest in life sciences
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Two WBBA Members Recognized for Top CFOs in Region
Each year, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognizes the top CFOs in the Puget Sound region. This year, two WBBA members were honored. Congratulations to SightLife, winner in the Nonprofit Category, and Pacific Bioscience Laborators Inc. (dba Clarisonic), finalist in the Private Company category. More details can be found online at www.CFOoftheYear.com.
Leadership Formation for Health and Life Sciences Industries
Consider the following data: In 2011, the number of uninsured Americans exceeded 50 million for the first time. Yet, on a global level, millions more lack access to the vaccines and basic health care that save suffering and lives. For example, the World Health Organization estimated that, in 2002, over 11 million people died of infectious diseases. This included over 5 million children dying of diseases that were mostly preventable, such as tuberculosis, malaria, and measles. Improving access to health care and reducing costs are two key issues on the global and national agenda.
Read more in this article from Marilyn E. Gist, PhD., the executive director at the Center for Leadership Formation, Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University.
Judges Needed for NWABR Middle School Essay Contest
Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) invites you to be a judge! Over 700 middle school students are planning to participate in our “Biomedical Breakthroughs and My Life” essay contest. 7th and 8th grade students write about the development of medications or medical devices used by themselves or relatives. For many students, it is the first time that they have written a research paper, and the first time that they have thought about the research process and how new medications are developed. Judges will be needed for two rounds of judging between March 14 and April 2. Judges receive scoring criteria and essays by email. Each student will receive comments from the judges.
More information about the contest and last year’s winning essays are available at http://www.nwabr.org/students/essay-contest. To register online to be a judge, go directly to the registration form at http://nwabr.org/nwabr.org/community/volunteer-opportunities/essay-judge-registration. Encourage your colleagues to join you as a judge.
If you are interested in other science outreach events in the community, see the volunteer opportunities posted by NWABR at http://www.nwabr.org/community/volunteer-opportunities.
For more information, contact Reitha Weeks at email@example.com.
Leadership Tomorrow Seeks Candidates
What do Cheryl Scott, Linda Gainer, Alan Mulally and Edward Murray have in common? These brilliant leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Ford Motor Company, and Washington State Senate, respectively, are all distinguished alumni of Leadership Tomorrow (LT).
Since 1983, Leadership Tomorrow has been challenging and engaging emerging and existing leaders through civic leadership training for the benefit of the Puget Sound region. The nine-month program immerses participants in an inspiring and enlightening curriculum that examines critical issues that impact the region’s numerous and diverse neighbors. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,500 professionals and volunteers have immersed themselves in the program. The application process is extremely competitive and only 72 people are selected to participate annually in the program, which runs from September through June.
A recent graduate, Kyle Serikawa from Novo Nordisk, says, “As a scientist, LT has given me a broader perspective about how my work, and the work of my company, can influence broader parts of the community, and has also given me ideas of how my company can integrate better into the economic and social fabric of the region….” According to Executive Director, Jan Levy, this reaction is common among graduates who learn the benefits and experiences of servant leadership.
Applications are now available for the 2012-2013 year. The ideal candidate should hold or have the promise of holding significant leadership positions, and be individuals who are committed to community stewardship. There are no other requirements. The age range of participants is extremely varied (average age is 38-40) and candidates come from a five-county region and all types of industries. Class participants include representatives from a wide swath of private, public and non-profit organizations, and the final class make-up includes not only a professionally diverse group, but a group which is diverse in age, gender, race, ethnicity and geographic location.
Student Bio Expo Seeks Creative Minds with Science Savvy* to Judge Our May 24th Event!
The Student Bio Expo is a unique celebration that focuses on science-based, creative projects in 13 categories (Art, Drama and Dance, Career and Industry, Lab Research, Molecular Modeling (individual), Music, Multimedia, SMART teams (high tech molecular modeling), SeaVuria (formerly Global Health), Teaching, Website, Creative Writing and Journalism), so there’s something for everyone. We promise interesting conversations, engaging students, and unique projects. In addition, lunch and parking will be provided on Expo day. There will also be parking available at the pre-judging event at Amgen.
As a judge, your responsibilities would include:
Expo Judge Registration is now open and can be found here: http://www.nwabr.org/nwabr.org/community/student-bio-expo/judgeregistration.
*We also encourage shameless solicitation of friends, colleagues and family members with flexible schedules to be judges at the Expo. And while it would be great if the judges were science-savvy, it may be that you know a professional writer or website designer who would be a great judge for the creative writing, journalism, or website categories. We are also looking specifically for a few judges who are fluent in Spanish. For more information, please email Jenn Pang, Expo Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/9.12: Please Sign White House Petition to Increase NIH Budget | Petition
3/8/12: New U.S. Patent Office Would Find a Welcoming Home in Seattle | Seattle Times
3/6/12: AMRI Announces Collaboration Agreement With Lilly for In-sourced Chemistry Services | Press Release
3/6/12: Synergus- Taking Seattle Med-tech to Europe | Press Release
2/29/12: Bill would fund high-tech degrees by shrinking R&D tax credit | The Seattle Times
2/23/12: Omeros Announces It Has Unlocked 35 Percent of Class A Orphan GPCRs | Press Release
2/22/12: Xconomy's Timmerman Wins National Journalism Award | Xconomy
2/17/12: European Medicines Agency's Committee For Medicinal Products For Human Use Issues Positive Opinion For Conditional Approval On Marketing Authorization Application For Pixuvri™ | Cell Therapeutics, Inc. News Release
2/14/12: Seattle biotech Atossa files for $6 million IPO | Puget Sound Business Journal
2/11/12: Seattle's Sage Bionetworks seeks a drug-discovery revolution | Seattle Times Newspaper
2/9/12: Sound Pharmaceuticals: Pill may prevent hearing loss | King 5
2/1/12: Burkert Announces the New Type 8681 Process Control Head | Announcement
2/1/12: Omeros leases space at Waterfront Research Center | Puget Sound Business Journal
1/31/12: Janssen Healthcare Innovation Announces Connected Care Challenge: Providing awards totaling $250,000 to inspire and nurture the best solutions to improve patient transitions from hospital to home | Announcment
1/30/12: Physio-Control Completes Sale to Bain Capital; Brian Webster Assumes Role of Chief Executive Officer | Press Release
1/24/12: Novo Nordisk establishes type 1 diabetes R&D center in Seattle | Press Release
1/18/12: Cadence Biomedical Snags First $1M to Help Disabled People Walk | Xconomy
1/10/12: Life Sciences Discovery Fund now accepting pre-proposals in the new PreCede grant competition | Announcement
1/5/12: MIRADOR BIOMEDICAL Receives 510(k) Clearance for Expanded Compass™ Platform, Launches Thoracentesis and Compartment Pressure Monitoring Products | Press Release; Read more in Xconomy
1/5/12: Seattle Ranked Number Two for Office Investment in 2012 | Puget Sound Business Journal
1/5/12: Dendreon Suprises With $82 Million in Fourth Quarter Sales | Xconomy
1/3/12: Adaptive TCR changes name to Adaptive Biotechnologies | Press Release
1/1/12: Challenges Faced by Medical Device Companies | Wax-it Histology Services Inc.
Would you like to post a story in the Summer 2012 Issue of The Life Science Innovator?
Send your press release or announcement to WBBA's newsletter team by June 1, 2012 for projected publication date of June 15, 2012.
A Single Mouse Approach: Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Bioanalysis Using the Gyrolab xP Immunoassay Platform
Event Sponsor: Gyros
Brief Description of Event: A complimentary, educational webinar featuring Ann-Charlott Steffen of AstraZeneca and Mark Cameron and Andreea Halford of MPI Research.
Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic (DMPK) studies in support of drug candidate selection or regulatory submission are often challenging, with limited volumes available for analysis. Join these research scientists, to explore the new developments of a single mouse approach in PK/PD bioanalysis, using an automated nanoliter-scale immunoassay platform, and its impact on redefining performance and productivity of ligand-binding assays in the early development of biotherapeutics. Click here to register for this webinar.
Event Sponsor: Association for Women In Science
Event Sponsor: Pemco
Brief Description of Event: You’ll learn how to conduct office ergonomic interventions to improve employee comfort & productivity, prevent workers compensation claims, and make smarter equipment purchases for your organization. Human Resources, Safety, IT, or any professional welcome!
Event Sponsor: Xconomy
Brief Description of Event: Biotech companies used to think about how to build enduring companies with soup-to-nuts operations that had everything under one corporate flag, from research to development to manufacturing to marketing. Those models increasingly look like relics. Investors have grown weary of the long timelines, big bucks, and high risk that comes with building such organizations. Stung by losses, a number of VCs, entrepreneurs and investors are turning to small core teams that lean heavily on contract firms to try to make biotech more nimble, less capital intensive, and a more attractive industry for investment. Come join Xconomy for a number of case studies and interactive chats with national leaders who are looking to reinvent the biotech business model.
Registration: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Event Sponsor: Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)
Brief Description of Event: Learn how to manage and reduce hazardous wastes at your business by attending this free workshop aimed at local small and medium-sized businesses. Whether you generate hazardous wastes and need to implement a disposal or recycling program, or you’ve accumulated items such as PCB light ballasts, fluorescent lights, or batteries over the years, this workshop will help you get the answers you need to stay in compliance with local regulations and reduce pollution in our environment.
The workshop will feature speakers from King County Hazardous Waste and the Washington State Department of Ecology. There will be Q&A sessions after each presentation.
Event Sponsor: Technology Alliance
Brief Description of Event: The Innovation Showcase, a program of the Technology Alliance, 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 a cross-section of our state’s startup leaders, promotes the idea sharing and networking that helps turn research into results. Showcase attendees include investors, service providers, serial entrepreneurs, and others in the commercialization field.
Would your company benefit from the opportunity to:
…expand your network to include those in the startup community with a keen interest in putting you on a path to achieving your next milestone?
Are you a Washington company:
…commercializing around groundbreaking IP that you control?
If you can answer yes to these questions, we encourage you to submit your free application to be considered for the next Innovation Showcase. Take a look at our website for additional information including Screening Committee Members, a list of past presenters and presenter testimonials. Contact Liz Gruber at email@example.com or (206) 300-3033 for details.
Event Sponsor: Institute for Systems Biology
Brief Description of Event: Join a distinguished group of researchers and experts in Seattle for Institute for Systems Biology’s (ISB) 11th Annual Symposium, a two-day dialogue about the microbiome and how using a systems approach can help decipher some of its complexities. The Symposium will take place on April 15-16, 2012, at ISB’s state-of-the-art facilities in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. We welcome all who are interested in hearing from microbiome researchers from institutions such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)-Heidelberg and University of California-Davis.
Event Sponsor: Seattle CityClub
Event Website: http://www.seattlecityclub.org/20120417
Brief Description of Event: Forum featuring: Scott Bond, President and Chief Executive Officer, Washington State Hospital Association Rich Maturi, Senior Vice President for Health Care Delivery Systems, Premera Robert O'Brien, Executive Vice President Health Plan Division, Group Health Cooperative Moderator (for CityClub's entire 2012 Health Care Series): Joanne Silberner, Contributor, Public Radio, Artist in Residence, University of Washington Topic: How do we discover the true costs of health care, and how do we gain more transparency in the system? How much do services and procedures really cost? How do uncompensated care and other hidden expenses also drive cost? How can consumers assess relative costs and quality among different providers? What are the barriers to transparency in the system? What role can hospitals, physicians, insurance companies, health systems and the consumer play in breaking those barriers down? How can understanding the true cost of care ultimately help us reduce it?
Event Sponsor: National Cancer Institute
Brief Description of Event: The 2012 NCI SBIR Investor Forum is an exclusive event designed to connect the strongest and most promising NCI SBIR companies with life science investors and strategic partners. This is a rare opportunity for attendees to get a first look at some of the best emerging companies focused on innovative cancer-related technologies, and to establish new collaborations that will expedite the commercialization of these products. For more information and event updates, please visit: http://sbir.cancer.gov/investorforum/.
Event Sponsor: Northwest Entrepreneur Network
Brief Description of Event: Investor only showcase and invite. Please email Daniel Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are an accredited investor and would like to attend the event. Are you at an inflection point in your business and need help taking it to the next level? Are you an innovative, growth-oriented startup and could benefit from expert coaching and exposure to an investor audience? Look no further than NWEN's signature coaching program and investment showcase: First Look Forum! NWEN is the region's home for innovative businesses in every growth sector in our economy, from web 2.0 to medical technology, clean tech to consumer products. By applying to NWEN's First Look Forum you will have the chance to access the breadth and depth of coaches, advisors, investors and more---all dedicating their time and talents to help your business reach the next level of success. Make the commitment to growing your business, and take advantage of the wealth of resources through First Look Forum.
Event Sponsor: University of Washington
Brief Description of Event: This exciting student-led conference aims to discuss topics in global health that often fall under the radar. The WRIHC will be a venue to bring undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, faculty, and community members together for a keynote address by Kavita Ramdas, 3 plenaries, 18 panel sessions, film showings, poster presentations, community organization tabling, and networking. As in past years, we are expecting a large turnout. Register early to secure your spot! We expect to have representation from universities around the Pacific Northwest, West Coast United States and Canada, and beyond. We encourage students, faculty, and professionals from all disiciplines to attend, as this is an interdiciplinary conference, seeking input from a wide variety of participant perspectives. For more details about the conference, visit our website http://wrihc.org or email Colleen Fulp, Graduate Student WRIHC Coordinator at email@example.com.
As this is a student-led conference, we have worked to make it very affordable!! These are our early registration rates, which will increase March 31, 2012.
Student/Medical Resident Price: $50
Non-Student/Community Member Price: $100
Exhibitors (Organization Tabling)-
$100 registration cost for For-Profit Organizations, includes reserved table space and full registration to WRIHC for one representative.
$50 registration cost for Non-For-Profit Organizations, includes reserved table space and full registration to WRIHC for one representative.
Additional 3 representatives may register from each organization at the $50 rate
To register follow this link- http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/209976
Confirmed Speakers Thus Far:
Keynote Address by Kavita Ramdas- Stanford University, Executive Director of Ripples to Waves: Program on Social Entrepreneurship and Development at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)
Event Sponsor: Society for In Vitro Biology
Brief Description of Event: The World Congress on In Vitro Biology is an international congress held every four years. Network with colleagues, share your scientific and personal accomplishments, present your research or products and view the most exciting, cutting edge research in the broad arena of in vitro sciences and biotechnology. SIVB meetings are intimate and give you the opportunity to sit and talk with those who have shaped the science you use today. Meet these leading experts and chat with them one-on-one. Then attend scientific sessions where they will present their latest research in Plant Biotechnology and In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences during keynote and plenary symposia, symposia and workshops. You will get an opportunity to present your research too during the contributed paper and poster sessions. You could also promote your products and services to this diverse group of scientists during the congress exhibition. Visit www.sivb.org to learn more about participating as a Congress Exhibitor or how to register to attend. Abstract submission is available through March 31, 2012 and Advanced Registration is available through May 9, 2012. We look forward to seeing you there!
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