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WBBA Newsletter Article [NEU Article] [Fall 2013] [09/12/13]
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 The Life Science Innovator 
  A WBBA Publication

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Communicators Group
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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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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
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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
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Northeastern Provides Education for Life Sciences Success

While attending the WBBA Life Sciences Innovation Northwest conference this past July, it was apparent that graduate education plays a strong role in the success of the life sciences community. An unparalleled boom in biotechnology and pharmaceutical science has created a strong national and regional demand for scientists and engineers with expertise in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and regulatory science. The vibrancy of the biopharmaceutical industry nationally is illustrated by the predicted growth in jobs for biotechnology scientists in the decade ahead. To address this demand, Northeastern University – Seattle is offers a variety of graduate degree programs related to the life sciences and beyond, such as our Masters in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices.
Specifically, Northeastern’s Master of Biotechnology degree is a Professional Science Master’s degree (PSM), featuring a unique approach to graduate education that includes training in business practices in addition to the science and technology courses offered in traditional master's degree programs.  In the words of a recent graduate, “I wanted to keep my ties with industry, and Northeastern provided a good opportunity to gain a masters, learn more, and to apply what I was learning in the workplace,” said Jay Duffner ’13.

With a significant portion of the nation’s nearly three million unfilled jobs spanning the biotechnology industry, Biotech PSMs have a unique and important role in today’s economy.

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s 28 graduate degree programs in science, technology, business, healthcare and more, visit or contact Claire Lewis at (206) 467-5488. 

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