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WBBA Member Events Calendar 

To inform and encourage investment in our entire life sciences community, we allow our members to post their life science events. WBBA members are invited to submit upcoming events for free by emailing the details to

September 2014

R&D Tax Credits for Life Sciences Companies
Event Sponsor: Moss-Adams LLP
Date of Event: September 30, 2014 | 10 AM PST
Location: Webinar

Brief Description: Life sciences companies operate in a unique environment—a competitive one with a complex regulatory landscape and a constantly rising cost of doing business. But there’s a powerful way to help offset that cost: the R&D tax credit. It’s one of the most valuable tax incentives you can leverage, since it represents a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your income tax liability, and it can have long-term benefits for companies currently operating at a loss. 


October 2014

Biotechnology Start-up Fundamentals - Cross-Functional Elements
Event Sponsor: C3 Research Associates, DF/Net Research, Intertox, Inc.
Date of Event: October 1 | 1:30-5:00 PM
Location: The Edgewater Hotel | 2411 Alaskan Way 

Brief Description: C3 Research Associates, DF/Net Research, and Intertox, Inc., invite you to attend an informative, interactive panel discussion concerning biotechnology start-up fundamentals. The panel will focus on cross-functional issues relevant to companies in early stages of development. 


Obesity in America- What it Means for Our Economy
Event Sponsor:
 Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Date of Event: October 2 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle Chamber of Commerce | 1301 5th Ave #1500 Seattle

Brief Description: You are invited to a VIP reception and lunch with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Key Note speaker Governor Thompson will discuss issues associated with this chronic disease.


BIO Investor Forum
Event Sponsor: BIO
Date of Event: October 7-8 
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. The event features plenary sessions, business roundtables and therapeutic workshops, company presentations, and One-on-One Partnering™ meetings.

Conference on healthcare innovations and point of care technologies
Event Sponsor: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, IEEE EMB Society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IDEO, and WebTeam Corporation
Date of Event: October 8-10 
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Brief Description: This conference will focus on healthcare innovations and point-of-care technologies, and their clinical translation to address challenges in global quality healthcare. The proposed conference will provide an international forum with clinicians, healthcare providers, industry experts, innovators, researchers and students to define clinical needs and technology solutions towards commercialization and translation to clinical applications across different environments and infrastructures. Panel discussions and open forum sessions along with research presentations will focus on the development, clinical translation, commercialization, implementation and user compliance of innovative healthcare and point-of-care technologies in clinical (hospital, emergency, acute, chronic and primary care), non-traditional (consumer) and under-resourced settings.


2014 Washington State Life Science Business and Investment Mission To China

Event Sponsor: Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle | Northwest Energy Angels | Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association | Washington State China Relations Council
Date of Event: October 10-18 
Location: Beijing, Shanghai

Brief Description: Did you know? 

  • By 2020, China’s healthcare financing is set to triple reaching $1 trillion annually. Second only to the US in healthcare spending.

  • With government-backed support, 50% of all Chinese hospitals are aggressively replacing their outdated medical equipment, and changing them out for high quality imports

  • Multi-billion dollar VC firm Hony Capital’s CEO John Zhao, “sees tremendous potential” in foreign medical device manufacturers

  • In 2013, Seattle start-up Kona Medical received $10M investment from China VC Morning Side group

  • US owned healthcare service company United Family Health (Chindex) received $100M government funding for expansion plans

Intrigued and want to learn more?  Come and join us! Register Today!


Jumpstart Your Startup Workshop Series
Event Sponsor: Economic Dvelopment Council of Seattle and King County
Date of Event: First session starts October 14 | All sessions run from 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Varies by session, see descriptions below

Brief Description: The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) would like to invite you to our fall business startup workshop series, where we’ll explore three crucial steps on every entrepreneur’s path to success. Each workshop will include presentations from local experts and a networking happy hour. EDC staff will also be on hand to answer your economic and industry questions. Take a look at what we have in store:


Starting Up Your Startup: Business Plan Workshop | Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | The Reactor- 2820 Elliott Ave, Seattle 98121
Where’s The Dough?: Accessing Capital Workshop | Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | Renton Chamber of Commerce- 625 S 4th St, Renton 98057 
My Garage Is Too Small: Scaling Up Workshop | Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Kelley Imaging- 500 108th Ave NE, Ste 1F2, Bellevue 98004


ORCA Monthly Meeting (Changes in the Seattle District and FDA Activities for the 2015 Fiscal Year) 
Event Sponsor: ORCA
Date of Event: October 22 | (7:30-10:00 AM)
Location: Kirkland Performance Center | 350 Kirkland Avenue| 98033 

Brief Description: 
Miriam Burbach, FDA Seattle District Director, will update the ORCA community on the management changes in the Seattle District Office and will discuss a number of topics regarding FDA plans and activities in the 2015 fiscal year which begins October 1st.

FEES*: ORCA Members - No Charge | Non-members - $60.00 | *(All credit card payments will be charged a $5 processing fee)

This meeting includes: Coffee and tea | Attendance at this meeting may be applied as 1.5 points towards RAC re-certification

Novmeber 2014

Life Sciences Research Weekend

Event Sponsor: Pacific Science Center
Date of Event:  November 7-9, 2014 | Friday, 10 AM - 2 PM | Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM
Location: Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center 

Brief Description: Three days of engaging, hands-on science activities presented by life science companies and research institutions from around the state. This 8th annual event showcases the great research and talented scientists in our community and presents creative activities for visitors of all ages! The Weekend provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the world of life sciences research, meet scientists and experience the fun of science. Free with paid general admission to Pacific Science Center.  Life sciences companies and research institutions are invited to host an activity table, gain visibility and share their research. Contact Reitha Weeks, LSRW Program Lead, at for more information. This program is made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award to Pacific Science Center from the NCRR, National Institutes of Health.  


2014 NCI SBIR Investor Forum

Event Sponsor: NCI SBIR
Date of Event:  November 13, 2014 
Location: Agilent Technologies | Santa Clara, CA

Brief Description: Mark your calendars! If you're looking to stay in tune with the latest cancer technology innovations, we encourage you to attend the fourth National Cancer Institute Small Business Innovation Research (NCI SBIR) Investor Forum on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Agilent Technologies in Santa Clara, CA.


The Investor Forum is designed for investors, venture capitalists, and strategic partners including pharmaceutical and device companies, and philanthropic organizations that fund innovative cancer-related technologies. This is an exclusive event designed to connect the strongest and most promising NCI SBIR-funded companies with life science investors and strategic partners. Previous Investor Forums have resulted in important partnerships in advancing cancer-fighting innovations and many investments totaling nearly $300 million.


Registration is free, but space is limited. Registrations will be confirmed via email.


The 2014 NCI SBIR Investor Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and other collaborators.



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