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 The Life Science Innovator 
  A WBBA Publication

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Communicators Group
(Open to ALL WBBA Members)

The goal of this group is to give people who are responsible for “getting the word out” for their respective organizations a closed-forum to discuss the unique issues, problems and challenges that face the people within these organizations who are charged with fulfilling the role of communications, public relations, marketing, community outreach and investor relations, whether by specific title or by having it as one of their responsibilities.

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HR Group
(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.

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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. If interested, please contact Blythe Price at

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Facilities/Engineering Group
(Open to WBBA Core & Institution Member Facilities/Engineering professionals, no service providers)

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Headlines & Events from WBBA and its Members and Partners

The latest in life sciences

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Members in the News

Patheon having 'Banner' year, with boost from Latin America | FiercePharma

Cadence Biomedical Nets $1M, Loads of Press, for Walk-Assist Device  | Xconomy

NorthShore Bio Named Winner of 2013 TiE50 “Top Startup” at TiEcon 2013 | Press Release

Genome barcoder NanoString Technologies files to raise up to $86 million in IPO | GeekWire

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center calls on Congress to restore full NIH funding | Press Release

Genentech Cancer Antibody, Son of Rituxan, Nails Pivotal Study | Xconomy

FDA accepts Seattle Genetics Adcetris application | AP News

BioLife Solutions Announces Participation and Additional Product Citations at 19th ISCT Annual Meeting | Press Release

Fred Hutch evolutionary geneticist Harmit Malik selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator | Press Release

BioLife Solutions Announces License Agreement for CryoStor® Used in Cell Therapy Clinical Trial | Press Release

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study finds taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may also reduce the risk of dying from prostate cancer | Press Release

Seattle firm’s products hone skills of ‘robotic’ surgeons | Puget Sound Business Journal

BIO Releases Bioscience Economic Development Report and Guide | Press Release

Physio-Control Names Mitch Parrish as New Chief Operating Officer | Press Release

UW Spinoff Impel Neuropharma Passes Key Nose-to-Brain Clinical Trial | Xconomy

ISB Announces 3 New Board Inductees | Press Release

Seattle Children's gets $1.9 million for 'Dream Team' cancer research | Puget Sound Business Journal

Theraclone Secures $14M to Push Antibody Drug Programs | Xconomy

Conquering the complexities of biologics to get to biosimilars | FiercePharmaManufacturing (via CMC Biologics)

UW-Bothell becomes first WA university to create School of STEM | Press Release and GeekWire

Amgen's melanoma drug shows promise in key trial | Reuters

Targeted Growth Spins Out Camelina Biofuels Producer Sustainable Oils | Xconomy

GlaxoSmithKline aims to pump up Benlysta with new vasculitis use| FiercePharma

Top Neurosurgeon and Brain cancer researcher Eric Holland joins Fred Hutch and UW Medicine| Press Release

Gilead Sciences Building on HIV, Becoming Cancer Drug Force| Xconomy

LabCorp signs development deal with Bristol-Myers | FierceMedicalDevices

Amgen claimed Big Data software prize in $415M deCODE buyout
| FierceBiotech

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Send your press release or announcement to WBBA's newsletter team by September 05, 2013 for projected publication date of September 12, 2013.

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Community Calendar

2013 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit

Event Sponsor:  Innovation Zone, City of Bothell
Date of Event:  June 17, 2013, 3:00-7:00 PM
Location: Mobius Hall, UW Bothell - Cascadia Community College Campus

Brief Description:  The sixth annual
Washington State Biomedical Device Summit will bring together leading executives, entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials, thought leaders and stakeholders from the region's medical device community.  This year's Summit will explore the state of the industry, review trends and innovations coming our way, and discuss the opportunities and challenges for our region.

- Insights into trends impacting the Biomedical Device Industry
- Panel discussion by key executives from the region's Biomedical Device industry
- Showcase of Biomedical Device innovation and organizations in Washington State
- Networking reception with representatives from the Biomedical Device Industry

Mark Leahey, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA)

As a Founding Partner of the IPZ, WBBA and WINGS members and companies receive the discounted member rate when registering via Brown Paper Tickets.

Global Health Metrics & Evaluation Conference (GHME)

Event Sponsor:  The Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME)
Date of Event:  June 17-19, 2013
Location: The Westin, Seattle

Brief Description:  The Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference brings together under one roof all the disciplines involved in global health measurement and evaluation to share innovative tools and methods to promote a better understanding of the possible approaches to population health measurement. By recognizing the importance of transparency in research, GHME encourages discussion and debate, with the purpose of improving the latest tools, technology, and methods and their implementation in global health. GHME is an opportunity for health researchers, policymakers, advocates, and donors to build a global network that continues beyond the conference. GHME will be the place to hear firsthand about new innovative methods from the researchers who created them; the latest measurement controversies debated by the researchers involved; how data were transformed into effective policy for improved population health by policymakers; and cutting edge tools to highlight data, such as mapping tools and data visualizations by the people who created them.

Register today!

From One to Many- The Cure Agenda for HIV/AIDS at FredHutch

Event Sponsor:  CFAR Curative Therapies for HIV Scientific Working Group, UW/FHCRC CFAR Community Action Board, Sangamo BioSciences
Date of Event:  June 19, 2013, 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Seattle University, Pigott Building, 901 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Brief Description:  Julie McElrath, director of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infection Disease Division, kicks off a discussion moderated by KING 5's Margaret Larson with Timothy Ray Brown and Fred Hutch defeatHIV researchers Drs. Keith Jerome, Hans-Peter Kiem, and Michele Andrasik.

AWIS- Award for Scientific Advancement and Banquet

Event Sponsor:  The Seattle Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Date of Event:  June 19, 2013, 6:00 PM
Location: Aboard the MV Skansonia, 205 NE Northlake Way, Seattle

Brief Description:  The Seattle chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will be honoring Dr. Sheila Lukehart, Professor of Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington, with the first annual Seattle AWIS Award for Scientific Advancement for her outstanding contributions to science. The Lukehart laboratory studies the pathogenesis of Treponema pallidum (which causes syphilis), vaccine development for syphilis, and immune response to Treponema in animal models and humans, including clinical aspects of the disease. Additionally, the chapter will be awarding its annual undergraduate scholarships. The Seattle AWIS scholarship program was launched in 1990 to provide financial assistance to women majoring in science, math, or engineering fields at four-year colleges and universities in Washington. More than $175,000 in scholarships has been awarded to date. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic excellence, financial need, motivation to pursue a science-based career and a record of giving back to their communities.

"Hopping the Pond": The Transatlantic Trade & Economic Forum

Event Sponsor:  The British American Business Council, Russell Investments and the UK Government Office in Seattle
Date of Event:  June 20, 2013, 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Location: Russell Investments Center at 1301 2nd Ave. 18th Floor. Seattle, WA 98101

Brief Description: 

  • Why is transatlantic trade and investment important to Washington State? What does the UK offer? What's the relevance to Washington State of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership?   
  • How was investing in the UK good business for a Bellevue-based start-up company?   
  • What is the role of the regulatory environment in transatlantic trade, for financial services companies and others?  
  • How was investing in Washington State good business for a UK-based environmental consultancy?

Top international and local experts will address these and other key international economic issues at the 2013 Transatlantic Trade & Economic Forum. This inaugural event is presented by the British American Business Council - Pacific Northwest. The event will be moderated by Karl Ege, Of Counsel at Perkins Coie LLP and includes time for participant Q&A. The event is conveniently presented over the lunch hour at the downtown Seattle offices of Russell Investments
Featured Speakers:

•    Robin Twyman, Consul (Government & Business Affairs), UK Government Office, Seattle
•    Ian Toner, Director, Capital Markets Research, Russell Investments
•    Jeff Brennan, Chief Marketing Officer, Finsphere
•    Kevin Rattue, Director, SLR International Corporation

Registration is available online at Sign up before May 31 to take advantage of our early bird rate
Contact Jerry Sparrow: or 206 660-8580 

11th Annual Ion Channel Retreat

Event Sponsor:  Aurora Biomed
Date of Event:  June 24-26, 2013
Location: Sheraton Wall Center, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Brief Description:  The Ion Channel Retreat is a 3-day meeting encompassing several diverse areas of ion channel research. Each year, researchers use this forum to present and discuss a spectrum of topics, from ion channel research and technology to drug discovery and safety. The program consists of talks and poster presentations from leading ion channel researchers coming from academia, government, and corporate institutes, providing a well-rounded environment for the introduction and examination of cutting edge research and technologies.

Korea-PNW 5 States Business Forum

Event Sponsor:  KPNBF
Date of Event:  June 27, 2013
Location: Mercer Room at Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island WA 98040

Brief Description: KPNBF is to review the trade relationship between Korea and five States in PNW since the FTA has been implemented on Mar. 15th, 2012, and to explore and create potential business relationship between the Northwest region and Korea.

King County Executive's Small Business Awards

Event Sponsor:  King County
Date of Event:  Call for Nominations Ends July 15, 2013
Location: Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Brief Description: Nominations for the third annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards are now being accepted. Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate your organization or others with your community who have not only emerged as solid enterprises, but are agile enough to stay ahead of the curve in your respective industries. King County Executive Dow Constantine will host the third annual King County Executive’s Small Business Awards on September 25, 2013 to celebrate the significance of small businesses to the King County economy. He will be joined this year by emcee Pat Cashman with a special appearance from the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline.

To be eligible for consideration, a business must:

  • Be located in King County
  • Have 50 or fewer employees
  • Be a for-profit business in operation for at least 3 years
  • Winner and finalists from previous years are ineligible

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination


Event Sponsor:  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Date of Event:  August 09-11, 2013
Location: Gasworks Park, Seattle

Brief Description: We are creating a movement of people committed to obliterating cancer and saving lives faster. It culminates in a memorable, inspiring bike ride August 9-11, 2013 that is quintessentially Northwest. And thanks to our sponsors, 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to research so the more money we raise as a community, the closer we are to a cure. It’s going to take all of us. Join the movement. Ride. Donate. Volunteer. Tell others. Ending cancer starts here. 
Register for the ride.  Donate to the ride.

CDISC Public Training

Event Sponsor:  Axio Research
Date of Event:  September 16-19, 2013
Location: 2601 4th Avenue, Seattle

Brief Description: CDISC is the only organization that offers CDISC-authorized medical research standards education courses. At this event Axio Research will host an SDTM (16-17 Sep 2013), CDASH (18 Sep 2013), and ADAM (19 Sep 2013) courses taught by authorized-CDISC instructors. This is a great opportunity for any biotech industry employee looking to get trained on CDISC standards--which the FDA will soon require in all drug application submissions. Please contact the CDISC Education Team ( for more info.

AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

Date of Event:   September 23 - 25, 2013
Location: Washington, DC,  Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Brief Description: AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking. An event rich in international flavor and featuring a deep, diverse attendee list that includes influential policymakers, business executives and media, AdvaMed 2013 seeks to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more. It is the most efficient, cost-effective, eye-opening, and exciting event out there, a “must-attend” for any MedTech company. Whatever your goals may be, you are sure to accomplish, and even surpass them, at AdvaMed 2013.

Click here for more details and register today!

BIO Investor Conference

Date of Event: October 08-09, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA

Brief Description: The BIO Investor Forum is an international biotech investor conference focused on early and established private companies as well as emerging public companies. 44% of all U.S. therapeutic IPO companies since 2011 attended BIO Investor Forum as a private company. The event features plenary sessions, business roundtables and therapeutic workshops, company presentations, and One-on-One partnering meetings.

Learn more at this link!

ACS CAN Seattle Research Breakfast

Date of Event: October 16, 2013
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | 411 University St., 98101 | Registration 7 to 7:30 a.m. | Program 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Brief Description: Join the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for a very special Seattle Research Breakfast.  Don't miss this fundraising event that brings people together from all sectors of the healthcare industry.  This year, WA State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler will be speaking. 

BIO Convention in China

Date of Event: November 11-13, 2013
Location: Beijing, China

Brief Description: The BIO Convention in China brings together executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies and investment firms from North America, Europe and Asia to meet and explore business opportunities with China's emerging biotech sector.

More Details can be found at this link...

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