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

The latest in life sciences.

WBBA Golf Invitational

September 9, 2013 | Fairwood Golf and Country Club

This year's golf outing had something for everyone – chilly morning to warm afternoon; putting and driving contests; sunglass props and a Duck Dynasty-esque beard wig for photos.  Want to get in on the fun?  View our pictures on Facebook here. Please also join us in congratulating our prize winners: Winning FoursomeMacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions (Mike Byron, Peter Renner, Sam Robertson and Scott Sinclair); Woman’s Longest Drive:  Melanie Stewart; Men’s Longest Drive: Sam Robertson; Men’s Closest to Pin: Jesse Rawley.  The event was a resounding success, supporting the WBBA’s BIOPAC.  If you didn’t play golf but would like the opportunity to donate to the BIOPAC, please do so here.  

The Future is Now:  P4 Medicine’s Healthcare Impact Today

September 18, 2013 | Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and Northeastern University, Seattle

This was our fifth event featuring Dr. Leroy Hood, this time taking place at Northeastern University Seattle, which shares space with ISB.  This year, we wanted to cover more about how P4 is impacting current developments in medicine.  Dr. Hood kicked off the discussion with an overview of present-day P4 Medicine and what emerging applications will continue to advance the field over the next two years.  Next, Dr. Al Luder (Integrated Diagnostics) spoke about diagnostic applications in cancer: pre-sympomatic diagnosis and the role that personalized medicine plays.  Digging deeper and looking at genomic testing, we heard from Dr. Ken Thummel from the University of Washington on the role of pharmacogenomics: using genomics for identifying personalized choice for safe and effective drugs and optimal drug dosage for the individual.  Keeping with the academic research on this topic, Dr. Tony Blau (University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine) illustrated how emerging genomic and computational approaches are transforming cancer research; describing a patient-centered approach for the design and testing of drugs based on an “N of 1” that arises from a molecular understanding. To wrap it all up, Dr. Hood then invited the speakers, along with the PI for the Warferin Study, Dr. An Pang Chieng, MD (Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, Inc.), for a lively panel discussion and question and answers session with our entusiastic audience.

Thank you to our sponsors:  Fenwick & West, LLP; MPI Research; Northeastern University, Seattle; We Work for Health; and ZymoGenetics

VIP Plenary with LongTech Medical Technologies

September 27-30, 2013 | Agora Conference Center

LongTech Medical Technology is an international business accelerator located in the Jiangsu Province (near Shanghai), China.  LongTech came to Seattle September 27-30 for a Plenary Session and one-on-one meetings with local companies, entrepreneurs and research groups.  While they were in town, they met with medical device entrepreneurs and researcher groups with early stage and/or validated technologies, and entrepreneurs with proven technologies being marketed in US and European markets. For more information about WBBA VIP Forums, visit the website

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.

Governor’s Life Science Summit & Annual Meeting

October 25, 2013 | Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Thank you to all who attended this annual event – 9 years in the running!  Dow Constantine and Thong Le kicked off the meeting, then Chris Rivera provided an industry update using Prezi – jazzing things up as images whizzed across the screen.  We then heard from industry leaders Lisa Brown, PhD (WSU- Spokane), David Poston (Allen Institute for Brain Science), and John DesRosier, PhD (Life Science Discovery Fund).  We introduced the concept of “middle earth” using this ten-year visioning video.  More to come on that very soon!  We heard from Jay Inslee – with some rejuvenating words and news about our industry.  Last (but not least) we were able to recognize those in our industry who have made a difference.  The Innovation Award was given to NanoString Technologies and accepted by Brad Gray (CEO); The WBBA Volunteer of the Year was giving to Andrew Serafini, PhD (Fenwick & West). Check out our photos from the event on Facebook

Funding Startups from the NIH

October 31, 2013 | Agora Conference Center

For Halloween this year, WBBA presented its members with a real treat! SBIR & STTR experts from the National Institutes of Health visited Seattle to explain the new rules governing SBIR/STTR funding, timelines, and granting mechanisms, as well as the secrets to creating successful applications. We had 30 one-on-one meetings between member companies and experts from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  View the slide decks here.

The Future of your Medical Device Company:  IP, Financing & Regulatory Updates

November 6, 2013 | University of Washington, Bothell

 

WBBA’s November event, “The Future of Your Medical Device Company” drew nearly 70 registrants from across the state to the University of Washington, Bothell campus to hear industry experts’ take on recent trends and rule changes in IP, financing, and regulatory affairs.

Attendees were welcomed to the event by UW Bothell’s new Chancellor, Bjong Wolf Yeigh, who described in detail the exciting growth coming to their campus in the next year. After his introduction, our presenters took the stage. During the first portion of the evening, attendees heard from Wende Hutton (General Partner at Canaan Partners), Eric Wengreen (Registered patent attorney), and Mike Willingham (VP of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Caradigm) about the state of the industry’s venture finance atmosphere, changing IP law and “first to file” rules, and updates to the FDA’s 510(k) and PMA application and approval process.  

Next, Charles Breen (former District Director, FDA) discussed the FDA’s new inspection strategy of giving companies more notice, and candidly spoke about  the FDA’s process to give attendees a bit of insider information.  Bruce Haggar (President, MedQ Systems) explained the FDA Medical Device Single Audit program opening in January 2014, allowing device companies to receive clearance in multiple countries with one inclusive submission.  

The engaging speakers took many questions from the audience and stayed after to field more questions and comments from those in attendance.

WBBA would like to thank our event sponsors for this event:  UW Bothell for hosting us in their event space, as well as Exponent, MedIntelliBase and MPI Research.

November Pub Night – Von Trapp’s

November 20, 2013 | Von Trapp's, Seattle

On November 20, more than 80 bocce ball players & bier enthusiasts came out for WBBA’s final pub night of 2013.  The competition was fierce, the beers big (1 liter glasses!), and the food was made of Bavarian dreams. We’d like to thank everyone who attended. A special thank you to Wells Fargo Insurance Services for the tasty food; and to the Seattle Mariners and Von Trapp’s for the prizes, which included Seattle Mariner posters and t-shirts, a Felix Hernandez “perfect game” commemorative plaque, and a Von Trapp’s stein and t-shirt – made to look like Lederhosen!  Our next social event will be in February – watch for more information on next year’s installment of “Bio on the Vine!”

VIP Forum with Novo Nordisk

December 5-6, 2013 | Agora Conference Center

Since opening a new research center in Seattle in 2009, Novo Nordisk continues to increase their profile and presence in Washington.  On December 5th, executives from the Danish headquarters and the local research center visited the WBBA for our last VIP Forum of 2013.  Over 70 attendees from across Washington and British Columbia attended a Plenary Session and Networking Reception during which Novo executives outlined the history of the Seattle Research Center, explained their partnering strategies and sourcing process with academic researchers and startup companies, and discussed a lesser known interest of Novo Nordisk: their expanding presence in inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

The following day, executives from Novo Nordisk’s Biopharmaceuticals and Diabetes and Obesity divisions met one-on-one with fourteen WBBA member companies and research groups to discuss future partnership opportunities. 

2014 will be another busy year for our VIP Forums, with Sofinnova Ventures scheduled for March and Eli Lilly scheduled for April.  Keep an eye out for announcements in 2014!

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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