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Dr. Lee Hood Honored - June 21 Declared "Personalized Medicine Awareness Day"
The importance of Lee Hood's contributions in the field of systems biology cannot be overstated. Hood has been involved in several of the most significant breakthroughs in biotechnology and genomics - including his involvementn in the first mapping of the human genome. Dr. Hood coined the term "P4 Medicine" and his keynote speech was the highlight of our recent P4 Summit. On June 21 - the day of our summit - Governor Chris Gregoire paid tribute to Dr. Hood's work by declaring June 21 "Personalized Medicine Awareness Day" in the state of Washington. The proclamation, in part, reads "leaders in Washington state, like genomics pioneer Dr. Leroy Hood, and Washington's thriving life sciences sector are leading the way in making personalized medicine a reality in lifetime."
Why UX (User Experience) Design is a Powerful Research Tool
Pursuing scientific breakthroughs by gathering huge amounts of data in research and clinical trials is an exhausting and exacting process. Reaching the end of that long road without an ideal way for everyone along the research chain to view, interpret and capitalize on the data is frustrating and – in this day and age – entirely avoidable.
The discipline known as user-experience (UX) design is perfectly matched to the data-wrangling challenges of the life sciences industry. UX design is not just reserved for applications and websites any more. The same principles the UX industry has brought to web and software design for years can deliver detailed insights into your research data.
Read more in this article from Charlie Claxton, specialist in information architecture and user experience (UX) design and partner at WBBA member Produxs.
Chris Rivera Looks to the Future
How is the United States going to rein in health care costs, while still maintaining its competitive advantage in life science innovation? How are we going to provide adequate healthcare for seven billion — soon to be nine billion — people around the world? WBBA President believes that Washington State's life science industry is at the forefront of addressing these and other pressing issues in our future. Read more, in his thought piece written for Site Selection magazine.
Gates Foundation Funds Bold Ideas in Global Health
Three Seattle projects are among more than 100 winners in the most recent round of a Gates Foundation program to encourage bold ideas in global health. The honorees include researchers at WBBA members PATH and Seattle Children's Research Institute. Read more in the Seattle Times.
Lee Hood Shares Stage with Stephen Hawking
On June 16, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking came to Seattle to speak as part of the Luminaries series of the Seattle Science Festival. He shared the stage with a familiar face to Seattle's biotech community: Dr. Lee Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology. Speaking of Dr. Hood, the Pacific Science Center noted that his discoveries have revolutionized biomedicine and are credited with "unlocking much of the mystery of human biology." Read a wrapup article from MSNBC.
4/16/12: TapImmune Licenses Antigen Technology from Mayo Clinic for Incorporation into Vaccine to Treat Breast Cancer | Press Release
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Entrepreneurs College: Liquidity & Exits
Brief Description of Event: The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Entrepreneurs College is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with the information, opportunities, and network needed to develop into the next generation of industry leaders. This program includes a series of seminars and networking events covering a wide range of topics to help clients focus their ideas and business strategies and runs semi-weekly over the course of 18 weeks. The Entrepreneurs College is exclusive to entrepreneurs and start-up company executives in the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati network. We have the largest network of its kind in the country, including leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital, angel organizations, and other finance and advisory firms. We will review recent developments in exit events, including the initial public offering process and trends in M&A. We will also help you understand the expectations of investors and the public capital markets, and explore recent corporate governance and regulatory issues involved in liquidity events.
Seattle Leadership Forum
Opportunities for Hydrocephalus Research: Pathways to Better Outcomes
Event Sponsors: Hydrocephalus Association
Brief Description of Event: The conference uniquely builds upon the impressive success of the NIH-sponsored workshops “Hydrocephalus Myths, New Facts and Clear Directions” held in 2005 and “Improving Outcomes in Hydrocephalus: Bridging the Gap between Basic Science and Clinical Management” in 2009. The 2012 conference is unique in several important ways. First, our primary goal is to make the conference focused on the patient. We will look at hydrocephalus research from the patient perspective and collectively seek out areas of research that hold early promise for improving patient care. Secondly, unlike most meetings, we are not going to have individual investigators comment solely on their own work. Instead recognized experts will summarize the current state of their field of expertise and provide educated guidance on those areas of research that hold the most promise for early “winnable” achievements in improving patient care. Along these lines we recognize that many important advancements will take longer and our experts will identify the long-term goals that may lead to advanced treatment options or potential cures for hydrocephalus. For more details, see our preliminary agenda.
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