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Community Calendar

WBBA Member Events Calendar || Also see the WBBA calendar of events

To inform and encourage investment in our entire life sciences community, we allow our members to post their life science events. WBBA members are invited to submit upcoming events for free by completing the online form.

April 2014 Events

May 2014 Events

June 2014 Events

July 2014 Events

October 2014 Events

Health Innovators Collaborative Spring Seminars

Event Sponsor: Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Date of Event:  
April 22-
 June 3, 2014
Location: Tuesdays at 4:30, W.H. Foege Building, UW Campus | Foege Auditorium (S060) | Receptions:  Foege North 1st Floor Lobby

Brief Description: The Health Innovators Collaborative, in partnership with the WBBA, will facilitate information exchange, educational opportunities, partnership development and shared resource utilization among individuals and organizations in Washington state that are dedicated to furthering constructive innovations that are responsive to the monumental changes occurring in health care. An exciting array of informative and provocative seminars has been designed to bring the community of innovators, corporate and academic, together.  Each seminar will be followed by an informal networking opportunity:

April 22, 2014: “The Transformation of Healthcare: Forces, Directions and Implications
Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO of UW Medicine, will discuss the shift of healthcare toward Accountable Care Organizations, the dramatic changes of financial incentives and the consequent implications for innovations.

May 13, 2014: “Demonstrating Value in Health Innovation: Lessons from Comparative Effectiveness Research
Larry Kessler, ScD, Chair of UW Deptment of Health Services and former Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA, will consider the coming necessity for innovations to demonstrably provide value and how the experience with comparative effectiveness can help innovators gather the needed evidence.

June 3, 2014: “IT can make a big difference in health: Why hasn’t it?
Peter Neupert, Operating Partner of Health Evolution Partners and former VP of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft will draw on his extensive experience with both institutional and consumer aspects of health IT to consider the enormous potential and serious pitfalls that make this area of innovation so challenging.

The Health Innovators Collaborative Seminars are free but please register to help us plan.

Resourceful HR Strategy Workshop

Event Sponsor: Resourceful HR
Date of Event:  
April 23, 2014 (7:30-9:30 AM)

Southwest King County Chambers 14220 Interurban Ave. S #134 Tukwila, WA 98168 | Civica Office Building 1st Floor 205 108th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004

Brief Description: Are your HR initiatives increasing profit? Are you utilizing the person tasked with HR as an active business partner? Often HR is thought of as ensuring your organization is compliant and vetting employee concerns. However, HR can have a much wider impact when it comes to maximizing the largest line item on your budget – your employees. Thinking of HR as a part of your overall business strategy and deploying it correctly can increase productivity while saving on costs. 

Transforming Healthcare Through IT: Investment Opportunities in an Emerging Sector

Event Sponsor: WTA and WBBA 

Date of Event:  April 29, 2014 | 7:15 AM - Noon
K&L Gates | 925 4th Ave, Suite 2900, Seattle

Brief Description: Join innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, and other leaders of the innovation community to learn from industry insiders about the exciting opportunities in healthcare IT. Gain insights into our region's strengths at the nexus of two growing industries from expert speakers and panelists followed by a fast-pitch session featuring CEOs of local healthcare IT companies. Featuring Todd Cozens of Sequoia Capital, Ralph Sabin of Fortis Advisors, and more!

Also, don't miss the re-launch of Innovate Health, a joint initiative with WBBA. Innovate Health's vision is an educated, funded, and motivated entrepreneurial community building relevant, validated IT solutions for healthcare.

7:15 - 8:00 am: Registration & Networking (continental breakfast)

8:00 - 10:00 am: Event Program

10:00 - 11:30 am: Fast-Pitch Innovation Showcase

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Networking

WIB-Seattle Metro: Women Who Have Changed the Game - Now it’s Your Turn!

Event Sponsor: WIB (Women in Bio)
Date of Event:  
April 30, 2014 
| 5-7 PM
Fluke Hall, University of Washington | 4000 Mason Road, Seattle

Brief Description: To honor Women’s History Month in March, we explored the state of women in the life sciences. The vibrant discussions from this event called out the many important issues that we as women face in this sector. For the April event, women executives of influence from our local life sciences industry will lead roundtable discussions on how they’ve “changed the game” to succeed. Join this critical discussion to hear these leaders’ experiences and how they can help YOU take your career to the next level!

Discussion leaders include:

Valerie Carricaburu, PhD

Director of Strategic Alliances

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute

Patti Tenney

Director of Government Affairs

Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

Nancy Hill

Senior Vice President - Commercial Operations

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

Neile Grayson, Ph.D.

Vice President, Drug Development

KinDex Therapeutics

Train the Evaluator: Office Ergonomic Screens©

Event Sponsor: MOZ (formerly SEOmoz)
Date of Event: 
May 5-19, 2014
| Day-Long
401 Terry Avenue North, Seattle

Brief Description: HRCI approved class for 15 (general) credits: “Train the Evaluator: Office Ergonomic Screens©” May 5th, 12th, & 19th, 2014 (all 3 dates must be attended to receive certificate). You’ll learn how to conduct office ergonomic interventions to improve employee comfort & productivity, prevent workers compensation claims, and make smarter equipment purchases for your organization. Human Resources, Safety, IT, or any professional welcome! For more information: Contact: Deborah Read, 206-938-3294

2014 CPAC Spring meeting

Event Sponsor: CPAC University of Washington
Date of Event:  
May 12, 2014 
| Day-Long 
Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98105

Brief Description: The CPAC meeting will involve progress reports on CPAC funded research projects and proposals for funding for next year’s projects. We will also schedule presentations on selected technology developments. Please let us know if you have suggestions for special topic presentations. Attending this meeting would also be an excellent opportunity to see what CPAC is presently involved in and assess how the relationship with CPAC can continue to add value to your company. The meeting will provide formal and informal opportunities for networking. CPAC Graduate Students look forward to meeting with you and talking about their research during the poster session and the lunch periods as a way to increase their technical communication skills. Laboratory Tours will be available. 

Please contact Mel Koch or Brian Marquardt with questions regarding the meeting. Mel Koch, CPAC 206-616-6869 | Brian Marquardt, CPAC Director 206-685-0112

NeuroFutures 2014 Seattle Conference

Event Sponsor: University of Washington | Allen Institute for Brain Science | Northwest NeuroNeighborhood | Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering | Oregon Health & Science University
Date of Event: 
June 17 & 18, 2014
| Day-Long
401 Terry Avenue North, Seattle

Brief Description: Thought leaders in research, engineering, industry, and clinical domains will explore how the intersection of neurotechnology innovations in neuromodulation, brain mapping, neuroimaging, big data analytics, and brain computer interfaces will transform our understanding of neural systems and enable life-changing medical treatments. Meeting attendees will learn the state of the art, present and discuss their work, and interact with neurotechnology leaders in a small conference setting. Participants will gain valuable new contacts, insights, and collaboration opportunities and learn about the world-class researchers and facilities available in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more and Register Today!

University of Washington Department of Biostatistics announces the 2014 Summer Institutes

Event Sponsor: University of Washington Department of Biostatistics
Date of Event: 
June-July, 2014
| Day-Long
Seattle | Switzerland

Brief Description: The Summer Institutes consist of a series of short workshops conducted by experts in the subject fields and designed to introduce participants to modern issues and challenges in biostatistics, genetics, infectious diseases, epidemiology and clinical trials. Prerequisites are minimal, and the modular nature of the Institutes enables participants to design a program best suited to their backgrounds and interests. Individuals attending the Institute will receive certificates of course completion in recognition of their participation. Online registration for SISG 2014, SISMID 2014 and SISCR 2014 is now open. You can find information about each Institute's Schedule, Modules, Instructors and Registration on their respective websites below:

June 23-27:
Summer Institute in Statistics for Clinical Research | University of Washington, Seattle,

July 7-25:
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics | University of Washington, Seattle

July 7-23:
Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases | University of Washington, Seattle

August 26- September 10:
SISG: Lausanne 2014 | University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2014 Pediatric Bioethics Conference: New Opportunities, New Challenges: Exploring the Ethical Boundaries of Pediatric Research

Event Sponsor: Seattle Children's
Date of Event: 
18-19, 2014
Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle

Brief Description: In July 2005, Seattle Children’s hosted its first annual pediatric bioethics conference, entitled Current Controversies in Pediatric Research Ethics. Now, a decade later, we revisit the topic as we focus on the changing and challenging world of pediatric bioethics – New Opportunities, New Challenges: Exploring the Ethical Boundaries of Pediatric Research. An impressive lineup of speakers will examine a wide range of questions and issues:

  • Parents of seriously ill children are often desperate for new therapies, even if in early phase trials. Is truly voluntary consent possible in such a situation?
  • Social media allows researchers to “eavesdrop” on adolescent behavior. Should there be constraints on this type of investigation?
  • Is it ever acceptable to conduct research in developing countries that would be considered inappropriate in the United States?
  • If hospitals set up biobanks for research, what is needed to ensure public trust?

Renowned leaders in the field of pediatric bioethics will come together to discuss these issues on July 18 and 19, 2014, in Seattle. Come join us and add your voice and perspective as we grapple with these ethical questions through presentations and panel discussions. Seattle Children’s Pediatric Bioethics Conference has become one of the signature events in the pediatric bioethics community, garnering strong reviews from the thousands that have joined us in the last decade. We look forward to seeing you in our beautiful, waterfront city this summer.


23rd Annual UW Bioengineering Fall Open House

2014 Washington State Life Science Business and Investment Mission To China

Event Sponsor: Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle | Northwest Energy Angels | Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association | Washington State China Relations Council
Date of Event: 
Beijing, Shanghai

Brief Description: Did you know?

  • By 2020, China’s healthcare financing is set to triple reaching $1 trillion annually. Second only to the US in healthcare spending.
  • With government-backed support, 50% of all Chinese hospitals are aggressively replacing their outdated medical equipment, and changing them out for high quality imports
  • Multi-billion dollar VC firm Hony Capital’s CEO John Zhao, “sees tremendous potential” in foreign medical device manufacturers
  • In 2013, Seattle start-up Kona Medical received $10M investment from China VC Morning Side group
  • US owned healthcare service company United Family Health (Chindex) received $100M government funding for expansion plans

Intrigued and want to learn more?  Come and join us! Register Today!


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