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Calling all golf enthusiasts! Would you like to be a part of the planning for WBBA's Annual Golf Tournament? If you're interested in making this years' golf event the best yet, join the WBBA Golf Committee! You just have to be a member to participate. Contact Patti McKinnell Davis for more information.
Would you like to be involved in the WBBA’s educational programming for 2013? 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 Industry Working Groups
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WBBA Events in Review
The latest in life sciences.
Stressing the importance of a strong partnership with the WBBA, Hovan talked about the resources offered to companies wanting to do business in Washington and companies in Washington wanting to export their products and technology.
The program was then handed over to Chris Rivera, who is both the president of the WBBA and also Chairman for the national Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) across the USA. (See Chris' slides here.) Chris presented an in-depth overview of Washington’s life science ecosystem and the economic impact of the industry on Washington. Chris pointed out that Life Sciences is now the 5th largest employer in Washington; directly or indirectly employs almost 100,000 people; and Washington is the third largest bio-cluster in the country. The Battelle Report, released earlier in the week, showed Washington’s life science industry continuing a three-year trend of having employment within the industry outpacing all other non-life science industries. (Note: the full Battelle report can be read here.)
Life Science Leadership Summit
The WBBA’s 4th Annual Life Science Leadership Summit was held on June 13th at Washington State University’s Riverpoint Campus in Spokane. The full-day conference brought together over 80 life science leaders to share their insight about life science activities, initiatives, and successes. The keynote address was delivered by Tom Fritz, CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services (right).
Panels included innovators from across the state, including two panels featuring leaders and executives from Spokane and the Tri-Cities area. A legislative panel featured two state Senators - Sen. Jerome Delvin (8th District) and David Frockt (46th District) - as well as Richard Leland, District Director for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. All speakers called on the state to continue to invest in ground-breaking research and in the state’s education system. Leland encouraged attendees to stay in contact with their legislators and share their expert insights on issues affecting their industry. The panel closed with a “town hall” discussion moderated by WBBA President Chris Rivera.
Planning for Your Drug Development Success - From Bench to Clinic
This event was attended by employees from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, as well as UW graduate students. Experts from these industries gave presentations to discuss some of the common pitfalls of small start-up companies involved in drug development. A discussion panel with the speakers followed afterwards. Virtually all of the speakers highlighted many of the common reasons why billions of dollars are being spent in developing drugs, yet the number of new drugs being introduced to the market annually has not seen much of an increase. This inefficiency is a bigger problem with start-ups since lesser resources are available compared to larger drug companies. However, a key advantage of small companies is that they can go past bureaucratic barriers on decision-making much easier. Read more.
Ultrasound Innovation in Washington
It’s not often that people get to travel back in time. This morning, WBBA offered the leaders of Seattle biotech a rare chance to explore the past, present, and future of Ultrasound Innovation in the very place the fundamentals of ultrasound were pioneered. Don Baker, co-founder of ATL and ultrasound pioneer at UW, spoke about the vision, faith, confidence, and perseverance of the team that worked alongside him in the 1950s as pioneers building the novel and innovative technology we now call ultrasound, initially borne out of the grand challenge to non-invasively elucidate and describe cardiovascular physiology and anatomy. Many take ultrasound technology for granted today, just like many take for granted digital computers. Don and the team at UW made the first strides in the field without the help of digital computers. Remarkably, all initial computing was done using analog hardware. By bringing together the best and brightest engineers, physicians, basic biological scientists, and technicians, Don and his colleagues were able to achieve the inconceivable. Read more.
NeuroNEXT at Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle leaders and researchers streamed into the Swedish Education and Conference Center ready to hear about the latest programs NeuroNEXT has in store. Before convening for the presentations attendees conversed over hors d’oeuvres, toured the Seattle Science Foundation to examine state-of-the-art biomedical educational tools, and spoke with the founders of young biotech companies including Empowering Engineering Technologies and Impel Neuropharama. Read more.
Mobilizing Miracles Through Medicine: How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Healthcare
The WBBA held its first mobile health technology event, Mobilizing Miracles Through Medicine: How Mobile Technology is Revolutionizing Medicine, on March 21st at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. Over 75 clinicians, researchers, electronic health record and healthcare IT product developers, marketing and sales professionals, entrepreneurs, and mobile service providers were in attendance for an eye-opening glimpse at the rapidly escalating impact of mobile and information technology on revolutionizing healthcare. Read more.
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