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WBBA Newsletter Article [Policy Matters] [Spring 2013] [03/14/13]
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Policy Matters

Advocacy for WBBA Members

WBBA State Policy Priorities 2013

WBBA Members Raise Their Voices in Olympia

WBBA Members Provide Expert Testimony in Olympia

WBBA and the Innovation Coalition

WBBA Joins the Business Community in Advocating for Higher Education

Strengthening States by Supporting a Vibrant Medical Technology Cluster: A Win-Win Strategy

WBBA Raises its Voice in DC

Local Conversatons with WA State Members of Congress

Research!America on Federal Sequestration

Survey on Rats, Mice & Birds

Join WBBA's Annual Golf Invitational Committee

Advocacy for WBBA Members

One of the most important, but least known benefits of WBBA membership, is our advocacy and public policy work. WBBA’s strong, active Government Affairs Council works diligently to ensure a vigorous life science community here in Washington. Grassroots action can make all the difference on certain policy issues. If you are willing to participate in grassroots initiatives, please contact Patti (McKinnell Davis) Tenney at patti@washbio.org or 206-456-9566.

WBBA State Policy Priorities 2013

On Dec. 6, the WBBA Board of Directors approved the 2013 State Policy Priorities. Be sure to familiarize yourself with them, as we may call upon you to help us advocate for specific policies. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Tenney at patti@washbio.org or 206-456-9566.

WBBA State Policy Priorities for 2013 (PDF download)

WBBA Members Raise Their Voices in Olympia

On January 23, nearly 40 executives from Washington’s life science companies and research organizations traveled to Olympia for meetings with 35 legislators from across the state and Governor Jay Inslee.  During the day, Chris Rivera, WBBA Dr. Henrik Andersen, ZymoGenetics; Dr. John DesRosier, Life Science Discovery Fund; Karen Hedine, Micronics, Inc.; Dr. Elaine Scott, University of Washington, Bothell, and Terry Sweeney, Philips Healthcare testified before committees. Later that evening, legislators joined WBBA members at a reception where legislators were able to see,  touch and talk about some of the exciting products WBBA members are working on to meet unmet medical needs and change people’s lives.

Industry leaders talk with state legislators at Life Science Day in Olympia reception.                                                                    

 

While at the reception, Senator Steve Hobbs signed on to co-sponsor SB 5469, which would create a pathway for access to safe and affordable biosimilars.

WBBA Members Provide Expert Testimony in Olympia

January 23, 2013:  Chris Rivera, WBBA and Dr. Thomas Felix, Amgen testified before the House Health Care & Wellness Committee in support of HB 1528 – concerning the prescription of biological products and interchangeable biosimilar products.

January 29, 2013: Dr. Henrik Andersen, ZymoGenetics, a Bristol Meyers Squibb Company and Terry Sweeney, Philips Healthcare appeared before the Senate Higher Education Committee to discuss higher education and workforce needs for the life sciences industry.

January 29, 2013: Chris Rivera, WBBA and Dr. Henrik Andersen, ZymoGenetics, a Bristol Meyers Squibb Company testified before the House Technology & Economic Development Committee in support of HB 1303, which would extend the business & occupation (B&O) tax credit for research and development.

WBBA and the Innovation Coalition

WBBA continues its partnership with the Technology Alliance and the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) as the Innovation Coalition. As partners, we have an Innovation Coalition Agenda focused on policies to support education, research and commercialization and a supportive business climate.

WBBA Joins the Business Community in Advocating for Higher Education

WBBA signed on with a host of business and organizations to a letter to Governor Jay Inslee outlining the kind of higher education system we as a business community, with significant and growing talent needs, would like to see. The letter lays out the priorities that we believe the Governor, legislative leaders, and the institutions should focus on over the next several years to get us where we need to go.

Strengthening States by Supporting a Vibrant Medical Technology Cluster: A Win-Win Strategy

WBBA collaborates with the Biotechnology Industry Association (Bio) through the Council of State Bioscience Associations, as well as both national medical device associations AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association) via their State Medical Technology Alliance, and MDMA (Medical Device Manufacturers Association) through their Med Tech Regional Alliance on policies at the federal level.  Recently, AdvaMed released their state competitiveness agenda: “Strengthening States by Supporting a Vibrant Medical Technology Cluster: A Win-Win Strategy.” 

WBBA Raises its Voice in DC

In February, Patti Tenney, WBBA’s Senior Director of Public Affairs, participated in AdvaMed’s Annual Legislative Fly In.  Patti spoke with members of the Washington Congressional Delegation about the economic impact of the industry in Washington state and the need for Congress to repeal the medical device excise tax. The medical Device Excise Tax took effect Jan 1, 2014.  Despite its enactment, there is a strong effort underway to repeal the tax. Both House bill H.R. 523 and the companion bill in the Senate S. 232 call for repeal of the tax.  Thank you to Representatives Suzan DelBene, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert for co-sponsoring the legislation in the House.

Local Conversations with Washington State Members of Congress

In January, Senator Patty Murray met with life science executives to discuss H1B visas and immigration reform and workforce needs.  Senator Murray has held several roundtables over the years with leaders in the life sciences.

In February, during her listening tour in District 1 on immigration reform, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene met with life sciences executives to discuss immigration and workforce needs. The Congresswoman has a high concentration of life science companies in her district.

 Research!America on Federal Sequestration

Sequestration is here and has implications for the life sciences on a number of fronts. Research! America is focused on the cuts in federal research funding.  Take a minute to read the article and act on the author’s invitation to write your members of Congress.

Survey on Rats, Mice & Birds

A bill was introduced in December at the end of the last Congress (H.R. 6693) that would have regulated rats, mice and birds bred for research under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) is asking for your assistance to help reach out to institutions that would be impacted by this legislation.  If your company houses animal models, please complete this survey. If you have questions or desire more information, please contact info@nabr.org

 Join WBBA's Annual Golf Invitational

If you love golf and are looking for a volunteer opportunity with WBBA, we have the perfect spot for you.  Join WBBA’s Golf Committee. This year’s tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Fairwood Golf and Country Club.  Proceeds from the tournament support WBBA’s non-partisan political action committee BIOPAC.  For more information and to join the committee, please contact Patti Tenney patti@washbio.org or 206-456-9566.

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