The Life Science Innovator
A WBBA Publication
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 over 50 of your HR colleagues 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 the December Holiday Luncheon. Join the group to learn more!
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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 available 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 email@example.com.
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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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advocacy. Unity. Action.
South Lake Union Evolution
A recent report, released in July by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and City Councilmember Richard Conlin details the evolution of South Lake Union, of which life sciences is a major factor. Currently 23,000 jobs reside in the South Lake Union neighborhood. With the rezone, this area will help support up to 22,000 additional jobs; many of those jobs are expected to be in the life sciences. Growth in the life sciences space has been a significant part of the growth in South Lake Union since 1995.
Read the report: Public & Private Investments in South Lake Union
WBBA 8th Annual Golf Invitational
More than 100 golfers enjoyed sunshine, good golf, good food and good beer at WBBA’s 8th Annual Golf Invitational on August 13. It was a perfect golf day at Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton. This annual WBBA event is our only event which raises money for WBBA’s political action committee, BIOPAC. Our BIOPAC helps raise our voice in Olympia.
Thank you to our exceptional sponsors.
Congratulations to the prize winners:
- Women’s Longest Drive: Alexandra Kroft
- Men’s Longest Drive: Justin Taylor
- Women’s Closest to the Pin: Lisa Reshaur
- Men’s Closest to the Pin: Darryl Simurdack
- Best Foursome: Marc Cummings, Nick Johnson, Terry Johnson and Chris Rivera
- Second Place Foursome: Bryan Bogden, Mark Davis, Roger O’Brien and Justin Taylor
- Third Place Foursome: Kevin Baldwin, Krista Dalton, Randall Hopkins and Brian Quinn
- Last Place Foursome: Brian Blackman, Teri Foy, Ryan Kelley and Kurt Lustig
No WBBA event is complete without the beanbag toss!
Coffee break! Thanks to Precision Electric Group for sponsoring the latte cart!
BIOPAC – WBBA’s Political Action Committee Needs Your Support
BIOPAC helps elect candidates and promote issues that improve the Washington life sciences business and innovation climate. On November 6, Washingtonians will elect a new Governor, half of the state’s Senate, and all members of the state’s House of Representatives. The next few years will bring legislative battles that are critical to our life sciences industry. It is important for us to have a strong voice in these matters that will affect the quality of life for all Washingtonians. Please make a contribution to BIOPAC and demonstrate your commitment to a stronger biotech sector in Washington. If you want more information or have questions, please contact Patti McKinnell Davis at email@example.com or 206-456-9566.
We Need Your Help to Retain the State B&O R&D Tax Credit
We worked hard to preserve the state B&O R&D Credit during the 2012 Legislative State Session. The tax is set to expire January 1, 2012. However we expect that we will be fighting to keep it during the 2012 session. We all respond to story as representative of experience. Story combined with data is powerful. We have data but we need your stories of what the B&O R&D tax credit means to your company and the research you are doing. Are there research projects you wouldn’t be able to do, are their staff you wouldn’t be able to hire or keep, what implications are there for your company if you do not have a B&O R&D tax credit. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Patti McKinnell Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-456-9566. Please send your stories to Patti as well.
Roundtable with Senator Patty Murray
On August 23, Senator Patty Murray toured Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Following the tour, she met with several representatives from our life sciences community. It was an opportunity to thank Senator Murray, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP), for the important role she played in passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (PDUFA/MDUFA reauthorization legislation). President Obama signed the bill into law shortly after its passage. She actively co-authored the Better Pharmaceuticals and Devices for Children Act (BPDCA) which was part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. It was also an opportunity to talk with her about the important, pioneering efforts taking place to find new therapies to improve health as well as about challenges to the industry and what we can do to promote the life sciences in Washington.
Mark Your Calendars: 2013 BIO Fly-In will be held on March 12-13 in Washington D.C. Join WBBA President Chris Rivera and Public Affairs Director Patti McKinnell Davis in Washington D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to tell your company story to members of our Congressional delegation and talk with them about policy issues important to the life sciences. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Watch for news on the 2013 fly-ins for both AdvaMed and MDMA. We do not yet have dates, but will announce them as soon as they are confirmed.
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