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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


March 2015

The Health Innovators Collaborative welcomes Stanford Professor Arnold Milstein for a special seminar on: “Providing Better Care with Less”

Event Sponsor: University of Washington College of Bioengineering
Date of Event:
Monday, March 30th | 5:00 PM
Orin Smith Auditorium, UW Medicine South Lake Union
Brief Description:
Dr. Milstein will present the results of a national study - modeled on American Idol - designed to discern the features of less costly health care that is also of high quality. In addition, he will describe the work of his Stanford lab to translate these features into nationally scalable innovations that improve value to patients and their health plan sponsors.


April 2015

Effectively targeting the Kv1.3 channel: a new approach to address multiple autoimmune diseases

Event Sponsor: Kineta

Date of Event: April 2, 2015 | 9:30 AM

Location: Online Webinar


Brief Description:  You are invited to an online scientific introduction and discussion of the Kv1.3 channel as a novel, high potential drug target for autoimmune diseases,  April 2, 10 am Pacific.  Dr. Christine Beeton, Ph.D. immunologist at Baylor College of Medicine will explain how blocking the Kv1.3 channel and selectively targeting effector memory T cells can address multiple autoimmune diseases without wholesale immune suppression. Dr. Anne Stevens, MD. Ph.D. rheumatologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital will discuss  why Kv 1.3 is attractive from a clinical perspective, and its applications in different autoimmune diseases. Dr. Shawn Iadanoto PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at Kineta will conclude with a review of Kineta’s ongoing clinical trial for psoriasis using ShK-186, a blocker of Kv 1.3, as well as outlining the rationale for the role of ShK-186 in Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.


Designing Medicine’s Holy Grail: How Small Molecules May Help Repair the Brain and Stop Cancer in Its Tracks

Event Sponsor: Washington State University- The Innovators

Date of Event: April 9, 2015 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Location:  Bell Harbor International Conference Center | 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 | Seattle


Brief Description: Naturally occurring biochemicals called growth factor proteins largely dictate who we are as people. They orchestrate embryological development, guide our maturation from infant to adulthood, regulate immune function, direct the ever-changing alterations to our brains that underlie personality and learning, and enable us to repair damage to our bodies or minds. “Effectively and selectively controlling growth factor function is one of the holy grails of medicine,” says Joe Harding, Washington State University professor of physiology and neuroscience. In Harding’s Innovators talk, he will focus on hepatocyte growth factor and its potential to halt and possibly reverse the impact of neurodegenerative diseases. Harding and his colleagues see potential for this technology to reach far beyond the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.


For more information about The Innovators Series, contact: Nancy Shrope, Office of Research | Office of Grant and Research Development | 509-335-3822


Goodtimes Wine Auction

Event Sponsor: The Goodtimes Project

Date of Event: Saturday, April 11, 2015 |  5:30  PM

Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center


Brief Description: Since the first event in 2002, the Goodtimes Wine Auction has contributed more than $1.5 million to help fund Camp Goodtimes, a no-cost overnight camp that hosts 225 childhood cancer patients, survivors and their siblings each summer on Vashon Island. The Goodtimes Wine Auction features wine tastings, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeurves, a 3-course dinner with wine, and dancing. Tickets are now on sale at


BDO KNOWLEDGE Webinar Series program, the “Quarterly Technical Update – Q1 2015” webinar

Event Sponsor: BDO

Date of Event:  April 14, 15, or 16 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET

Location: Webinar


Presented as part of the BDO KNOWLEDGE Webinar Series program, the “Quarterly Technical Update – Q1 2015” webinar continues our tradition of lending a helping hand to financial management, board directors and audit committees to stay on top of today's hot topics and developments.   The presentation will be delivered by members of the BDO National Accounting and Auditing Department in order to provide a lively discussion and respond to questions posed by participants. Specifically, the program will discuss developments during the first quarter of 2015 with respect to various topics in accounting and financial reporting. - See more at:

Please Help Us Put the Wings on the Dreams of SU's Student Entrepreneurs!

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition, where you can share your valuable input and expertise with student entrepreneurs who have BIG ideas and dreams for their lives and the world.  Come network with regional business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and Seattle U’s faculty.

How Can You Help? 
We need coaches and judges between now and April 15th - even one hour of your time as a screening round judge can make a huge impact!


There are several sponsor opportunities to support a team, a prize, or other SU student entrepreneurs.  We recognize BPC volunteers and sponsors throughout the year in a variety of ways and deeply appreciate their generosity!  The BPC event is a great way to build your network, have fun, and inspire student entrepreneurs.   For more info, contact or   

( RSVP to; no charge for any event)

Trade Showcase & Elevator Pitch Round, Wednesday, April 15, 11-2pm, Campion Ballroom, SU campus
The 20 SU semi-finalist teams will present their trade show booths and pitches to the audience members and judges, which will help determine which four teams will go to the Finals. Students, alums, families, friends, and the general public of all ages are welcome, at no charge. RSVP:
Finals Pitch Competition & Awards Reception, Wednesday, May 13, 4-7:30pm, Campion Ballroom, SU campus
The top teams will present their final pitches to an elite judging team, followed by a celebration reception and ceremony.  Students, alums, families, friends, and SU supporters are invited, at no charge. RSVP :


Regulatory monsters like to eat new biotech companies
Event Sponsor: Seattle Health Innovation Meetup and the University of Washington
Date of Event: Thursday, April 16, 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: CoMotion Incubator, UW Fluke Hall, Suite 300 4000 Mason Road Seattle WA
Brief Description: Health startups increasingly combine digital health, wearable/implantable biotech devices, and pharmaceutical-relevant data. Having a regulatory strategy is no longer just a “nice-to-have” for people working to transform healthcare. Join University of Washington CoMotion (formerly known as the Center for Commercialization, or C4C) and UW Professional & Continuing Education on April 16 for a panel discussion about what entrepreneurs wish they had known about the regulatory monsters hiding in their closets when starting their new companies.  Panelists will include executives from 3 companies that recently spun out of UW’s CoMotion Incubator: Deurion, Stasys Medical, and M3 Biotechnology. It will also include regulatory experts who will provide insight and context.
To reserve your seat please RSVP at

May 2015

Medical Devices 10x Conference 

Event Sponsor: Medical Devices Group, LinkedIn | et al
Date of Event:  May 4-6, 2015
Location: Hilton San Diego Mission Valley | 901 Camino Del Rio South

Brief Description: Now in its 3rd year, 10x covers timely subjects affecting the entire medical device industry – not just your piece of it – and, in an intimate setting, introduces you to people with the complementary skills you need to grow your business. For many, the conference is about new ideas. For others, it’s about new business.


StartUp Weekend Bothell - HEALTH Edition

Event Sponsor: University of Washington, Bothell
Date of Event:  May 15-17, 2015
Location: UW Bothell | 18115 Campus Way Northeast | Bothell, WA 98011

Brief Description:  Ever wondered what it takes to be a healthcare or medical tech entrepreneur? Want to impact healthcare services, wearables, med devices, CROs or life sciences? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. Bothell Startup Weekend is the first Startup Weekend completely focused on health and related verticals in the state of Washington. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders for an opportunity for critical feedback. You do not need to be a designer, coder or even a seasoned healthcare professional to join; the only requirement is curiosity and effort. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!  Ideas for the weekend will impact the following verticals:


 Healthcare IT (ex. electronic medical records, telemedicine portals, electronic scheduling, etc.)
 Wearables (biometrics, etc.)
 Medical Devices
 Healthcare data/ B.I. innovations
 Pharma/Life Sciences
 Biomedical sciences

In addition to a great weekend full of entrepreneurial activity, participants will receive:

 A participant t-shirt and lots of fun SWAG!
 Food and drink to fuel your entire weekend
 Prizes for the winners of the final pitch 


June 2015

American Council for Medicinally Active Plants Conference 

Event Sponsor: American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, Inc. (ACMAP) | WSU, Spokane
Date of Event:  June 9-12, 2015
Location: Washington State University, Spokane Campus

Brief Description: Now in it's 6th year!


Father of the Year Awards Ceremony: Congratultions to Former WBBA President- Jack Faris, PhD

Event Sponsor: American Diabetes Association
Date of Event:  June 19, 2015
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Seattle

Brief Description: The purpose of this award is to recognize men who have made family a priority while balancing demanding careers and community involvement. Every year, the council in each city conducts a nomination process to identify honorees who meet the criteria to be nominated as Father of the Year. By honoring men who are seen as leaders in the community, we are generating attention to the event that furthers the Father’s Day Council’s goal of heightening awareness of the importance of fatherhood. We hope you will join us in supporting the amazing gentlemen who will be honored at this year's event!


September 2015

The 13th International Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery Symposium
Event Sponsor: University of Washington (Chaired by professors Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun)
Date of Event: September 16 -18, 2015
Location: University of Washington, Seattle

Brief Description: NanoDDS is the key annual event for researchers developing next-generation delivery vehicles — targeted, responsive, biodegradable nanomaterials to make diagnostics more sensitive and drugs more effective. Since 2003 nanoDDS has been held annually in different locations across North America. Over years it has attracted more than 2,000 participants from 30 different countries and became one of the most authoritative forums in its field. Each year the meeting comes to a different University campus, thereby promoting knowledge and becoming a major world-class scientific event for its students and scholars.


4th International Conference on Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology (CIPO2015)
Event Sponsor: University of Washington (Chaired by professors Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun)
Date of Event: September 25-26, 2015
Location: The Westin - Seattle, WA


Brief Description: Join us for the 4th International Conference on Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology entitled, "Examining the Emerging Therapeutic Potential of Immunotherapy in Pediatric Oncology." Hosted by Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the conference will bring together international scientists and healthcare leaders to discuss the latest immunotherapy research in the field of pediatric oncology. This is a CME conference. Early registration fee: $350 | Learn more at or contact

October 2015

17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

Event Sponsor: NIH
Date of Event:  October 27-29, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA | Bell Harbor International Conference Center


Brief Description: We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WSDC), this event will be the largest annual gathering of HHS SBIR/STTR federal experts in the country, including representatives from NIH, CDC, FDA and others.

Washington State has a vibrant life science ecosystem making it an ideal location for our conference. The event will take place at Seattle’s Destination Waterfront Venue, the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Small businesses at any stage of the commercialization process are welcome to attend – whether you are an SBIR/STTR newcomer or have already reached commercial milestones and seeking outside investors, strategic partners or follow-on funding. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small businesses, and small disadvantaged businesses ( There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to HHS. 


Stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May.


For specific questions about the HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR programs, please contact

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