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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

University of Washington 7th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
Event Sponsor:  UW Chemical Engineering Graduate Students
Date of Event:  September 18, 2014 | 3-9 PM
Location:  Mary Gates Hall

Brief Description:This evening seminar will showcase graduate student research on a wide range of topics from alternative energy, molecular engineering, and biotechnology. For the past six years the GSS has grown to be an important forum for both graduate students and industrial representatives; and we hope that you will help us make the 7th annual event the best yet! Featuring a keynote address by Lisa Klumb (PhD, 1992, UW), Amgen Executive Director, Global Operations.


CAMPS - Medical Device Manufacturing Supply Chain Mapping Presentation

Event Sponsor: CAMPS
Date of Event:  September 19, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Room W401 | 11605 132nd Avenue NE | Kirkland, WA 98034

Brief Description: Washington State has a rapidly growing Medical Device sector and CAMPS members who are SMM's (Small and Medium Manufacturers) have been asking to understand how they can fit into the Medical Device Supply Chain. CAMPS staff and members have been working on this supply chain project and have been gathering information from a variety of sources. In June, with the assistance of Central Washington University Supply Chain Management program, a supply chain mapping project was completed.   CAMPS has combined this information with other information gathered. We will present the findings at this meeting. 


Biotech Demystified: The Science Behind the Business
Event Sponsor: UC San Diego Rady School of Management
Date of Event: September 22-24, 2014 | 8 AM - 5 PM 

Brief Description: Biotech Demystified is an educational program catered to people working in the biotech/life science industry but may not have a great understanding of the actual science behind their business. More information can be found at

Connecting Washington State to the National Innovation System
Event Sponsor: Washington Business Alliance and Center for Accelerating Innovation
Date of Event: September 25, 2014 | 7:15 - 9:30 AM 
Location: World Trade Center - Seattle at 2200 Alaskan Way Seattle 98121

Brief Description: Washington state is engaged in a national innovation race. Keynote speaker, Dr. Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF will present insights into how we’re doing and what we can do to perform better: policy implications about how Washington can better capitalize on its IP assets, and the linkage between research & manufacturing. The New Economy Index is a highly credible and well-respected composite of some of the leading indicators of success in the evolving global economy. Dr. Rob Atkinson has held high level positions in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Recently The New Republic named him one of "the three most important thinkers about innovation," and Washingtonian Magazine called him a “Tech Titan.”

Seattle Health Innovation Forum 
Event Sponsor: Agate Point
Date of Event: September 25, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Location: Dice Cabana | 821 Second Avenue, Seattle 

Brief Description: Much has happened since our May meetup and we’d like to talk with you about it. The September forum will be a highly participative networking event. After our opening comments and community announcements, we’ll have brief introductions from leaders from some of Seattle’s most innovative companies, learn what they are interested in, and then break into discussion areas to discuss what’s happening across different sectors of the industry. Audience members will be people from startup companies, provider organizations, investors, consultants, and people new to the area wanting to find out what’s happening in health innovation. 


Vivarium Vendor Night
Event Sponsor: ISPE
Date of Event: September 25, 2014 | 4:00 - 7:00 PM 
Location: Zymogenetics | 1201 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle

Brief Description: Join us to network and learn about recent trends in Vivariums. This is a great opportunity for vendors to showcase their products and for the local community to exchange knowledge and ideas. Drinks and appetizers provided!

TECH-Ed Conference: Technology-Enhanced Curricula in Higher Education 
Event Sponsor: Washington State University College of Education
Date of Event: September 25-26, 2014
Location: WSU | Pullman, WA

Brief Description: The 2-day conference will feature expert panelists, presentations, and posters on e-learning, flipped classrooms, STEM, Serious Educational Gaming (SEG), MOOCS, and much more. Conference participants will share research findings, demonstrate innovative educational practices, and consider future directions for research and practice, with the overarching goal of using educational technologies to enhance student engagement and learning in higher education. We welcome scholars from a diverse range of disciplines.  

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. 


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!

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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