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WBBA Newsletter Article [Events In Review] [Fall 2013] [09/12/13]
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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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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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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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WBBA Events in Review

The latest in life sciences.

WBBA Summer Social

August 22, 2013 WBBA Outdoor Deck

For the first time, the WBBA hosted our Annual Summer Social on the deck at our 1551 Office Building.  Over 250 people attended this yearly event filled with great food and merriment.  From bocce ball to golf, grilled salmon to portabellas, patio umbrellas to a big white tent, this event had it all!  Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors who made the day so much fun with their raffles, giveaways, and big smiles!  Sponsors included: Airgas, Alexandria, ERNWest, Equinox Business Law Group, Graphica, Inc., ISPE, Lilly, MedIntelliBase, MPI Research, ORCA, Praxair, Seed IP Law Group, PLLC, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and We Work for Health

Life Science Innovation Northwest

July 10-11, 2013 Washington State Convention Center

The conference was so special, it has its own website.  Read all about the 13th Annual Conference here (including Woman to Watch Awardees, videos, photos, session recaps and more)!

Life Sciences Leadership Summit

May 23, 2013 Washington State University, Spokane

This year's Leadership Summit in Spokane was one for the record books.  We had a record number of attendees (nearly 120) and a record number of sponsors (8).  We were thrilled to again partner with WSU Spokane to bring together a program with speakers from the Greater Spokane area – including welcome from Mayor David Condon; a keynote address from  K. Michael Gibson, PhD from Washington State University; and updates from some of Spokane’s prolific and up-and-coming organizations.  The event didn’t stop there!  We had updates from LSDF, Washington State Department of Commerce, Western Washington organizations, and the SBA.  It was a half-day filled with great presentations and great discussion - capped off with lively town hall forum moderated by Chris Rivera.  The event ended with a networking reception – in true WBBA fashion.  Thanks again to our sponsors for helping us bring this very important meeting to our members and future members alike.  Sponsors included: INHS, Jubilant HollisterStier, Lee & Hayes, MPI Research, PAML, Washington State University, We Work for Health and ZymoGenetics

Pictured: Mike Livingston, Chairman, University District Public Development Authority; Brett Nelson, Partner, Lee & Hayes; Francisco R. Velàzquez, MD, SM, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML); Lisa Cohen, Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance; Thong Le, Executive Director, WRF Capital; Charles V. Baltic III, Managing Director; Co-Head of Life Sciences, Needham, & Company, LLC; Dennis Dyck, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Washington State University; Lisa Shaffer, PhD, Founder, Genetic Veterinary Sciences (Paw Print Genetics)

VIP Plenary with J&J Development Corp.

May 16-17, 2013 Agora Conference Center

In May we welcomed business development leadership from Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC) to Seattle for our most recent VIP Forum.  Johnson & Johnson is a well-known global giant in the health sector.  Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the venture capital subsidiary of J&J, invests in life science and technology businesses that focus on traditional healthcare sectors such as pharmaceuticals, companion diagnostics, and medical devices.  The JJDC executives also met with earlier stage research groups and companies on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, which focuses on identifying early-stage innovation at academic institutions, start-up biotech companies and venture capital firms, and provide integrated capabilities to scout, evaluate, fund, guide, and onboard new science. To learn more about the evening, click here

VIP Forums are generously supported by Cooley LLP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Knobbe Martens.  If your organization is interested in sponsoring a VIP Forum, information can be found in the WBBA’s Sponsorship Prospectus.

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Learn more about ALL OF WBBA's past events in the online Events Archives.

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