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Chris Rivera Op-Ed - Protect Biotech in Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement Talks
An op-ed co-written by WBBA president Chris Rivera and Matt Morrison, chief executive of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, argued that Washington's economy will benefit greatly from a Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes strong protections for life-enhancing and job-creating innovation. One part of the negotiation they highlighted is is the length of 'data-exclusivity' protection for biotechnology and biopharmaceutical drugs produced in the member countries. "Strong protection for proprietary data will help Washington and the Pacific Northwest's biotech and pharmaceutical sector continue to generate breakthrough treatments and new economic opportunities." Read more.
Northeastern University Opens New Campus in South Lake Union
Northeastern University announced that it will establish its new campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, sharing space with the Institute for Systems Biology. The private 114-year-old Boston-based university announced its intentions to set up a branch in Seattle last fall, picking the city in part because of the strong technology community. Read more here. You can also read more about the new campus in this article, written by Northeastern University - Seattle staffer Stephanie Pure.
Mayor McGinn Lauds South Lake Union as "Engine for Job Growth"
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn chose the 1st floor of our headquarters to release a new report praising South Lake Union, saying that the redevelopment of the neighborhood is adding jobs, housing and new opportunities to the city. McGinn noted that South Lake Union currently has about 23,000 jobs, and more than 12.5 million in new real estate developments have been added since 1995. Between 2000 and 2011 development in the South Lake Union accounted for over $155 million of the City of Seattle’s revenues, with estimates of an additional $356 million in revenues between 2012 and 2022, according to the report. Read the report: Public & Private Investments in South Lake Union.
New Leadership at Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority
After seven years as the founding executive director of the Life Science Discovery Fund Authority, Lee Huntsman stepped down in July. (WBBA staff were among the attendees at a surprise farewell party for Huntsman. See the pictures.) His successor, John DesRosier, moved from his previous role as director of programs to take the reins. Governor Chris Gregoire said of DesRosier's appointment: “I’m delighted he has accepted the role of executive director, and am confident that he will continue Lee’s legacy of exceptional leadership and stewardship of the state’s investment.” Read more.
WBBA Members ISB, Sage Bionetworks, Produxs Win Accolades
Members Institute for Systems Biology and Sage Bionetworks were recently recognized by The Scientist magazine as two of the top places to work in academia. Sage took the #2 position, while ISB was ranked at #7. Read more.
Meanwhile, associate member Produxs won a unique pair of accolades from the Puget Sound Business Journal. The company was recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in Washington. Meanwhile, Produxs partner Charlie Claxton was honored as one of the Top 40 leaders under 40. (Claxton was also a guest author in the last issue of the Life Science Innovator. Read the article here.)
8/31/12: VLST Scoops Up Antibody for Cancer from Pfizer | Xconomy
8/29/12: Avista Investment to Help Matrix Strike Oil in Algae | Seattle Times
8/28/12: Novo Nordisk and Amgen Top Biotech List, Based on Market Cap | GenEng News
8/27/12: FDA Approves Gilead's Four-in-One HIV Pill | San Francisco Business Times
8/27/12: Genentech, ImmunoGen Breast Cancer Drug Extends Lives | Xconomy
8/27/12: Alder Gets $3.5M Milestone as Bristol-Myers Starts Crohn's Study | Xconomy
8/21/12: Bill Gates Invests in Intellectual Ventures' Spinout Kymeta | Forbes
8/16/12: IDRI Cleared to Begin Flu Vaccine Trial | Press Release
815/12: Dr. Joshua Thaler Receives Perkins Coie "Award for Discovery" | Press Release
8/14/12: Kineta Pulls in $5.8M for Autoimmune Drug | Xconomy
8/14/12:Medtronic Unveils Beefed Up Wireless Remote Monitoring for Cardiac Implants | Fierce Medical Devices
8/14/12: Seattle's Ant's Eye View to be Acquired by PwC | TechFlash
8/10/12:Genentech Gets FDA OK of Lucentis for Diabetic Eye Disease | Xconomy
8/1/12: Best Places to Work Academia, 2012 | The Scientist
7/30/12: A Lonely Voice Asking Tough Questions on Cancer Cost-Effectiveness | Xconomy
7/26/12: Allen Jones, the Force Behind Paul Allen's Vision for Brain Science | Xconomy
7/25/12: Health Economics, Patient Outcome Evaluation are Focus of New Hutchinson Center Research Institute | Press Release
7/24/12: AH&T Insurance Recognized as One of 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business | Press Release
7/20/12: Venture Capital Investments Experience Double-Digit Increases in Dollars & Deal Volume in Q2 | Press Release
7/17/12: In Unexpected Plus, BioSurplus Raises $2.4M in Oversubscribed Round | Xconomy
7/11/12: Gates Foundation CEO: Let's work together to solve global health issues | Seattle Times
7/11/12: LSINW Notes: SeaGen, NanoString, Viket, & More | Xconomy
7/10/12: Gates Foundation's Jeff Raikes to Start Off Seattle Biotech Event | Xconomy
7/9/12: Seattle Mayor touts South Lake Union as an "engine for job growth" | GeekWire
7/3/12 Northeastern Looks Northwest, Aims to Fill Voids in Tech Job Market | Xconomy
6/6/12: Antibody Alarm Call Rouses immune Response to Cancer | Nature
6/6/12: Kineta Launches a Biotech Company without VC Bucks | Xconomy
6/5/12: ASCO Wrap-Up: A Summary of This Week's Cancer R&D Headlines | Xconomy
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Event Sponsor: SBA's Office of Advocacy, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Seattle Center Foundation, GeekWire.com
Brief Description of Event: The event is a day-long, participant-driven conversation about the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in our economy. The Office of Advocacy’s mission is to give visibility to American small business and to encourage policies that support their start-up, development and growth. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government officials, angel investors, funding innovators, and academics will be among the panelists imparting their wide-range of knowledge and opinions. Panels throughout the day will focus on such central small business topics as optimizing the relationship between small business innovators and government, maximizing the impact of entrepreneurial accelerators, and utilizing emerging capital strategies. Jonathan Sposato, Chairman of Seattle-based GeekWire.com and a respected high-tech entrepreneur, will moderate the event. Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington and noted tech transfer expert, will deliver the keynote address. His comments and suggestions for removing barriers to innovation and unleashing growth will be a critical addition to the day’s dialogue between government agencies and entrepreneurs.
Event Sponsor: Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students
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Event Sponsor: Seattle CityClub
Brief Description of Event: Who actually pays for health care – how much of the burden do government, employers, insurance companies and consumers bear, and how has that shifted over the last decade? Is collaboration between insurance companies, delivery systems, and employers necessary to trim waste within the current system? How do we change health care payment systems in order to effectively cut costs? What can we do as consumers in order to pay for both quality and efficiency?
Event Sponsor: Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Brief Description of Event:
Researchers: Did you know that highly tweeted papers are 11 times more likely to be highly cited? Join us at the workshop to learn more and to get on Twitter
We will begin with basic training, “From Zero to Twitter” led by Brian Glanz of NWABR, @brianglanz on Twitter. To present the practical reasons why you should get yourself and your lab on Twitter, we will also consider examples of how Twitter is used by scientists.
With everyone up and running on Twitter, we will get some practice -- during a panel discussion worth tweeting about. “Crisis and Controversy, How Not to Go Viral” will be moderated by Sally James, president of the Northwest Science Writers Association, @jamesian on Twitter. Topics will include how one should handle difficult subject matter on Twitter, and institutional guidelines and policies for social media.
Our workshop will conclude with “Proving Twitter is Worth Your Time.” We will run the numbers on our own tweeting during the workshop, share tools for measuring impact in social media, and help you make the case for Twitter to the powers that be.
Event Sponsor: Global Washington
Brief Description: Join us at GlobalFest 2012: Stand for Girls as we celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and the innovations of Washington State’s global development organizations. Discover how Washington’s development sector advances the well-being of thousands of girls each day, and learn how you can get involved. As part of The Seattle Center’s Next50, GlobalFest highlights our region’s role in a rapidly changing world.
GlobalFest welcomes the entire family to the Center House and will feature:
Inaugural Casino Night & Annual Vendor Trade Show
Event Sponsor: ISPE Pacific Northwest Chapter
Brief Description: Join the Chapter at their inaugural Casino Night & Annual Vendor Trade Show! The event is new and improved and promises to be LOTS of fun! It's free for WBBA members to attend.
5th Annual Medical Technology Executive Forum
Event Sponsors: MDMA
Brief Description of Event: This is a one-of-a-kind event that is a unique opportunity for CEO's and Senior Executives to discuss the critical issues that affect product commercialization, and the common challenges faced by medtech companies today.
Industry experts and government offices will address investment options, FDA reform, reimbursement challenges and much more.
Topics to be Addressed:
Event Sponsors: AdvaMed
Brief Description of Event: AdvaMed 2012 is the leading MedTech Conference for global CEOs, business executives, policy-makers, financiers, media and industry stakeholders. From crucial best practice dialogues on subjects from regulatory affairs and reimbursement to IP and business development, to timely and relevant plenary sessions, AdvaMed 2012 is a thought leadership hub.
And with more than 800 companies in attendance, AdvaMed 2012 is the most efficient and cost effective business development and capital formation event you will find. Designed for licensing and business development executives, venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity investors and other executives in the financial services community, the AdvaMed 2012 Business Development Program enables you to:
• Attend innovative company presentations
Event Sponsors: UW Department of Bioengineering
Brief Description of Event: The Bioengineering Open House will serve as a gear-up for the Bioengineering Affiliates Program (BioE-AP) and will be co-hosted with the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA). The daylong event will include a keynote talk by Paul Ramsey (CEO of UW Medicine and Dean of School of Medicine), panel discussions from university leaders, and small-group breakouts on targeted research themes, BioE curriculum discussion for our biomedical human resources community, student poster session and a networking reception.
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Event Sponsor: SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)
Brief Description of Event: The 2012 SACNAS National Conference "Science, Technology, and Diversity for a Healthy World" will take place in Seattle, Washington. Join over 3,500 attendees for four days of scientific research presentations, professional development, networking, exhibits, culture, and community. One of the largest annual gatherings of minority scientists in the country, the interdisciplinary, inclusive, and interactive SACNAS National Conference motivates and inspires. Learn more.
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