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The work of the WBBA is dramatically extended by a network of business and scientific experts who are working to build a leading life sciences community globally. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering on one of our important committees:
Interested in volunteering at Life Science Innovation Northwest? Contact Alison Hunter for more information.
Letter from the President
Welcome to our new electronic newsletter, The Life Science Innovator! We are very excited to bring you a more user friendly format designed to help inform our members about what is happening in Washington’s Life Science ecosystem, as well as what the WBBA is doing to add value to each and every member.
Since our last newsletter, we have been very busy. Several new initiatives and newsworthy updates that I would like to share with you include;
These are just a few of the initiatives that we have undertaken. We have a long way to go to reach our goals and to fulfill our mission; to translate Innovation to Realization… from breakthrough discoveries to better health solutions.
The WBBA is intently focused on the needs of our members and the value that we deliver. We continue to seek ways to build a strong return on investment for your organization. As part of this endeavor, help us to welcome our new members and be sure to take a look at these recent offerings:
Success at VIP Forum with X/Seed Capital
WBBA hosted a very successful visit by X/Seed Capital in January. WBBA assembled 19 presentations from our emerging companies in one day, giving us excellent exposure to X/Seed.
WINGS, the Medical Device Angels Group is Off the Ground
WBBA has been working to get a medical device angels group off the ground. This group has now moved forward and is ready to accept its first applications for investments. These are high quality experienced investors, and we expect them to have a favorable impact on other angel investors. If you are raising angel amounts of money and are generally in the category of medical devices, we encourage you to visit the brand new website for WINGS at www.medtechwings.com.
One-on-One Meetings Available with WBBA Commercialization Team
WBBA offers free consulting services to all member life sciences companies. Our consultant team is capable of providing invaluable guidance, strategy, and feedback through decades of industry experience for a broad variety of challenges facing life sciences companies. WBBA members should e-mail email@example.com to set up a consultation. To become a member and begin taking advantage of the WBBA Consulting Services, please see details in our Member Center.
2010 Public Affairs Agenda
Check our WBBA’s policy priorities for 2010 as approved by WBBA’s Board. For the first time, the Government Affairs Council organized the priorities separately as state or federal. We will remain nimble as we anticipate there may be issues that evolve depending on the outcome of health care reform and policies left to states to define and manage and what is left to the federal government to define and manage.
Join the WBBA Tax Advisory Team
Washington state’s looming deficit of $2.6 billion drives a revenue hunt that brings potential threats on the tax front. WBBA is reactivating its Tax Advisory Team to help us quickly understand the implications of bills on the life sciences industry as they are put forward. Email and phone are our working mediums. If you have tax expertise, we invite you to join the WBBA Tax Advisory Team. Contact Patti McKinnell Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-732-6706.
Federal Health Care Reform – Anyone’s Guess
With health care reform seemingly coming apart at the seams, issues that we have been working including biosimilars, medical device excise tax and the therapeutic tax credit may be dealt with in bits and pieces, rather than part of an over arching health care reform bill. We have our ear to the ground and will continue to advocate with our delegations and with partner organizations in Washington DC.
March 16-17, 2010
The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) and Burrill & Company are proud to present the region's 10th annual “Life Science Innovation Northwest” conference in Seattle. Innovation has supercharged the Pacific Northwest’s biotech and medical device industries for decades. Our life sciences companies, non-profit research institutes and global health organizations are leading the way. And, we are pushing forward some of the most compelling technology breakthroughs of our time. As such, this year’s forum—formerly “Invest Northwest”—has been refocused and rebranded to better identify and highlight these unique and powerful assets, defining the Pacific Northwest’s life sciences sector.
WBBA invests in events, to help you do business better.