The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication
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
Connect with your peers to meet the unique challenges your Organization faces.
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member HR professionals, no service providers)
You are invited to join your colleagues, HR professionals from WBBA member companies, as we network, share ideas and exchange information about the challenges and issues we encounter while working in the biotechnology and biomedical fields. The Human Resources Group offers a variety of ways to connect with your colleagues. This is an excellent way to learn up-to-date information from professionals within our industry. You do not need to have an HR title, in order to attend these meetings; you simply need to perform the human resources function for your company.
The next HR Group meeting is on Tuesday, July 31st titled, “Breaking Into Succession Planning: Beyond the Pretty Documents”.
Join the group!
Clean Science Group
(Open to any WBBA member interested in clean science and sustainability)
The goal of the WBBA Clean Science Group is to have a variety of representatives of the region's life science community dialoguing about solutions to minimize the impact of our scientific pursuits on the region. We also want to educate each other on the systems that are currently out there to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and the associated costs of such systems. Biotech is an industry reliant on sterile, one-use products to ensure high quality research. This process generates a lot of waste. Is biotech doing everything it can to reduce waste, and increase recycling? Are we sacrificing the health of our planet for the health of people? Is there a way to create science that is clean and healthy for both the planet and for the people we are trying to heal? Are you interested in dialoguing about creating clean science? If so, then join the WBBA Clean Science Group on LinkedIn. We would like to have participation from various groups in the lab including facilities, operations, and lab managers. Together, we can help heal people, progress science and have a healthy place to live.
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Supply Chain Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Supply Chain/Purchasing professionals, no service providers)
This group offers supply chain, purchasing, and sourcing professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. Co-Chair positions are available; if interested please contact Danah Abarr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals, no service providers)
This group offers Facilities and Engineering professionals an opportunity to network and discuss the challenges they face and share best practices. Co-Chair positions are available; if interested please contact Danah Abarr, email@example.com.
Join the group!
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Life Sciences Innovation Northwest 2012
This Year's Conference Will Be The Largest Event in WBBA History
The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) is proud to announce Life Science Innovation Northwest 2012 - an innovative approach to the region’s premier life sciences conference.
Life Science Innovation Northwest 2012 (LSINW) – scheduled for July 11 & 12, 2012 – highlights the unique innovative environment of the Pacific Northwest’s life science sector. This unique event brings together nearly 1000 attendees from public and private companies, research institutions, scientists, entrepreneurs, and our global health community. Public and private investors, investment bankers and industry executives focused on business development and partnering opportunities in life sciences will find Life Science Innovation Northwest one of the most productive meetings that you will attend.
You can win a free pass to LSINW! Look for the phrase "Golden Ticket" in this newsletter to find out how to enter. Visit our website to learn more about LSINW, register, or become a sponsor.
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Letter from the President
Where does the time go?
It seems like yesterday I was saying Happy New Year to all of you, and now the year is nearly half over.
Our biggest event of the year, Life Science Innovation Northwest is really shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. We set a new record already this year with 80 presenting organizations selected for the conference. We are also very proud that Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is keynoting the conference this year. Jeff will highlight some of the outstanding work that the Gates Foundation is doing, as well as the ongoing efforts between the public and private sectors focused on helping people around the world live a better, healthier and happier life. >>Read more - Letter from the President
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Working together for better health
More than 70 new members have already joined WBBA in 2012!
For the first time in our history, the WBBA has surpassed 500 members!!
Learn more about the newest WBBA members and join us in welcoming them!
Member Spotlight- iSYS Adaptive Optics Inc.
Core Member joined May 2012
iSYS Adaptive Optics Inc. (iSYSAOI) is a Canadian research and product development company which specializes in medical optics. iSYS presents a completion of new concepts that are germane to the world of physiological optics. Briefly stated, the iSYS’ Adaptive Lenses are designed to work within closed compartments that function well underwater or in open space. Their component structures are simple, and are made of durable materials specifically suited for human lens replacement. iSYS intraocular lens systems function upon normal cycles of constriction and relaxation of the muscles with the eye to restore perfect visual function. Due to intrinsic properties of iSYS Adaptive Lenses, we refer to the iSYS intraocular lens implants as Bionic Lenses. They conform to their environments as they customize to fit each eye individually, and then continue to adapt for growth and change over time as stated in the company’s Mission Statement: ‘iSYS Adaptive Optics Inc. is in the business of fundamentally changing the way people see and experience the world around them – one person at a time’.
"iSYS Adaptive Optics Inc. would like to thank the WBBA for the opportunity to reach beyond borders and connect with experts in every sector of business development to help the company in its development of ‘the bionic lens’ technology. For this we are most grateful!” - Garry Montgomery, Director, Business Development, iSYS Adaptive Optics
Member Spotlight- GENEWIZ
Associate Member joined May 2012
Excelling in both science and service, GENEWIZ is the leading trusted partner for DNA services in North America. Since 1999, we have been committed to enhancing research productivity through a combination of fast, reliable results, specialized expertise, competitive pricing, excellent project management and easy access to our award-winning technical support team. Our portfolio of services includes traditional Sanger sequencing, custom gene synthesis, associated molecular biology services such as plasmid preparation and site-directed mutagenesis, as well as whole product solutions for next generation sequencing.
GENEWIZ is proud to join the Seattle biotech research community. We are excited to partner with nearby institutions to advance the groundbreaking studies for which this region is known. By introducing a local, overnight Sanger sequencing service, we hope to expedite the pace of research here in Seattle. Our new, state-of-the-art laboratory is located at the heart of the biotechnology hub in South Lake Union for your convenience. Together, let us make a difference in the pursuit of scientific discoveries, better medicines, a greener environment, and abundant healthy food supplies.
“The WBBA has been invaluable in providing information and guidance to help GENEWIZ establish a laboratory operation in the Pacific Northwest. The network and community have always been resourceful and impressive. GENEWIZ is looking forward to being part of the biotech fabric in the beautiful state of Washington for years to come!” - Steve Sun, CEO, GENEWIZ, Inc.
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Services to help you grow. Resources to help you thrive.
Are you taking full advantage of your membership?
WBBA’s Purchasing Program offers discounts with 20 service providers and suppliers for both companies and individuals. Every employee within a Member Organization can take advantage of the savings! Last year, we saved 200 of our participating Members over $5M. Join your colleagues and start saving today with service providers like Office Depot, VWR, FedEx, and many more! Download our new Purchasing Program postcard and visit all of our partners online to realize the many ways you can save your organization time and money.
If you are not taking advantage of our services to help you grow and resources to help you thrive, contact Danah Abarr to find out more.
WBBA Announces New Purchasing Program partner: Mercer (US) Inc.
Mercer is the global leader for trusted HR and related financial advice, products and services. We are proud to partner with the WBBA and its member organizations for HR consulting services. In our work with clients, we make a positive impact on the world every day. We do this by enhancing the financial and retirement security, health, productivity and employment relationships of the global workforce.
Mercer has more than 19,000 employees serving clients in over 180 cities and 40 countries and territories worldwide.
Mercer's Human Capital Approach
The way we work
We work with our clients as partners and with each other as a team. Our advice and solutions are shaped by each client's unique needs and business context, and are designed to ensure that clients get the best return on their HR spending. We balance employer and employee advocacy in providing objective, expert guidance.
What’s in it for WBBA members?
Based on our first-hand knowledge of the needs of our local life sciences clients, discussions with WBBA leadership, and feedback from member organizations, we have designed a suite of services that are:
- Scalable to your organization – whether you have 4 employees or 4,000, our services are scaled to meet your needs.
- Based on experience – we work with hundreds of life sciences companies, locally, nationally, and globally, so we understand your needs and issues.
- Discounted – being a member of the WBBA entitles you to preferred pricing on our services (not available to non-WBBA members).
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Life Science Innovation Northwest 2012
Venture Investment & Partnering (VIP) Forum: C.R. Bard Partnering Overview
2012 Golf Invitational
WBBA/LSDF Open House
Governor's Trade Mission to Korea and India
Stay Tuned for More Details!
View all upcoming WBBA events
Download and print the 2012 at-a-glance calendar!
Sponsorship Opportunities are available
The events, programs and actions of the WBBA are fueled by our members and sponsors. We are pleased to provide the 2012 Sponsor Prospectus for your consideration. If you have any questions please contact Danah Abarr, Business Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.456.9569.
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