LSW Institute is a non-profit organization that assists life science researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies in bridging the gap between discovery and commercialization. This weekly newsletter provides you with information about upcoming events, resources, and funding opportunities.
Health Benefits/Insurance Expert Office Hours - TODAY!
September 14, 2022 | 9:00 AM -1:00 PM PDT | 30-minute sessions available | FREE

Health benefits are always important and it’s no surprise that the COVID pandemic has placed them front and center. According to a recent employee benefits survey, when choosing between a high-paying job and a lower-paying job with quality health benefits, 88% of life science employees would consider the lower-paying job. A whopping 54% of employees would “heavily consider” this tradeoff. But can a small, entrepreneurial life science company compete with larger life science organizations? The answer is a resounding yes!

Learn about the health care options available to life science companies direct from Nathan Edmondson, a leader in the employee benefits field. Mr. Edmondson is Vice President, Sales Manager at Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions, which oversees 32 Association Health Plans in Washington state, including plans designed exclusively for the life science industry. With nearly 20 years of experience working in the employee benefits industry, Nathan is a recognized leader and subject matter expert who has garnered a reputation for developing unique strategies and solutions. 
VIP Forum with Merck
Plenary Session |  October 3, 2022 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM PDT
1:1 Meetings | October 4, 2022 | Apply by September 19, 2022

Would you like the opportunity to meet with representatives from Merck? Are you a researcher or company looking for potential partnership opportunities, licensing, or other collaborations with Merck? 

Join Life Science Washington Institute, Life Science Washington, and Merck for a
Venture Investment & Partnering (VIP) Forum October 3 & 4, 2022. Download the Merck VIP Factsheet here.

Forums bring investors and strategic partners to Seattle for a showcase of the most promising life science companies and research opportunities in Washington.

There are two ways to participate in this event:

  • RSVP to the Plenary Session and Networking Reception (No cost to attend).
  • Apply to meet with Merck representatives (Deadline September 19).
Please note: Merck requests all attendees wear a mask and be vaccinated. To read more about VIP Forum opportunities at Life Science Washington Institutevisit our VIP Forum pageFor more information or questions, contact

Beyond Borders: A Biotech Industry Briefing
October 12, 2022 12:00 - 1:30 PM PDT In-person | EY Seattle Office 

Join life science industry leaders and investors from across the Pacific Northwest to hear insights and analysis from EY’s Beyond Borders Biotechnology Report. The presentation and discussion will be led by Rich Ramko, report author, as well as EY partners Erica Fewell and Oren Lang-Furr.

After a five-year hiatus, EY relaunched the longstanding Beyond Borders: EY biotechnology report. With biotech revenues reaching an unprecedented $216.7B in 2021, we knew now was the time for fresh insights and analysis around the industry’s financial performance, financing, and deal market.

This free Lunch & Learn event, sponsored by Ernst & Young, is for anyone in the life science space looking to understand the current biotechnology landscape. Lunch is provided and the event and networking afterward will take place at EY’s beautiful facility in downtown Seattle. Registration is required.

The Washington State Life Science Investment Reports are a monthly report summarizing transactions and trends in Washington state. This includes a continually updated list of angel funding, VC deals, M&A Activity, and strategic partnership formations.

FDA Prep, Submission, and Approval: What to Do and What to Expect
Three-part series starting September 22, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory rules can be challenging, even for those who have gone through the process before. Are you unsure of your product’s proper class and approval process? Will you be able to obtain proper clearance? Do you know how to obtain an IRB and work with an external medical facility?   FORGEM2D2MITRE, and iHub join forces with subject matter experts to dive into the steps and challenges of this critical, yet complex process!

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask experts specific questions about the FDA process during each 90-minute session. Any and all startups with physical products, consumables, wearable, or components expected to need FDA clearance to go to market are welcome.

ITHS/WE-REACH Innovation Symposium & ITHS Translational Science Expo
September 30, 2022 | 2:45- 6:45 PM PDT | Seattle, WA

How do you translate innovations from great ideas to successful medicine? The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Translational Health Expo will help answer that question in a multifaceted celebration of process, perseverance, and accomplishment.

On Friday, September 30, the ITHS will host its annual Translational Science Expo at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. This gathering is an opportunity for ITHS-supported researchers from Seattle and across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho to share their work, network, and learn from colleagues at every stage of the translational science journey. Seating for the Symposium will be limited.

Upcoming Career Fairs at University of Washington Bothell - Seeking Employer Registrants

The University of Washington Bothell Career Services is hosting Career and Internship Fairs this fall. Local life science organizations that are hiring are invited to participate and engage with students and alumni in various ways. Choose one of the options that work for you: 
  • Fall Job & Internship Fair - October 19, 2022 | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • This fair is targeted toward employers interested in hiring students from a variety of academic majors and/or for non-technical roles. 
    • Click here to register
  • Science & Engineering Fair - October 20, 2022 | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • This fair is targeted toward employers interested in recruiting students for jobs and internships in the science and engineering industries, as well as those in other industries specifically looking for students with technical skills or majoring in STEM.
    • Click here to register
  • Virtual Career Fair - October 28, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT
    • This gives employers from all industries an opportunity to virtually meet with students and alumni from a variety of academic majors. 
    • Click here to register
LSW Institute FREE Startup Assistance
September 21 and October 5, 2022

A resource you can't afford not to utilize! We offer pro-bono consultation services to life science companies to help support the Washington life science entrepreneurial community. Topics include sources of funding, pitch development and feedback, entity formation, company management, sales and marketing strategy, and overall next steps. Please email Aylin Kim, to sign up for a FREE 1-hour session with Christopher Porter September 21 or October 5.
Submit a WRF Capital Technology Commercialization Grant Pre-Proposal

WRF technology commercialization grants are intended to bridge the gap between discovery research and commercial investment in novel technologies developed by researchers and entrepreneurs at Washington state institutions. This funding seeks to catalyze commercially viable, translational research, and accelerate the development of technology to benefit the public.

Employees or students at Washington state nonprofit research institutions are eligible to submit a pre-proposal. Employees may be faculty, postdoctoral scholars, research scientists, or those holding staff appointments. All awards will be made to the institutions; WRF does not directly fund individuals.
Maternal Health Challenge
Applications due November 1, 2022

The National Institutes of Health will soon launch the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Technology (RADx® Tech) for Maternal Health Challenge, a competition offering up to $8M in cash prizes to accelerate development of technologies to improve maternal health outcomes for those who live in areas lacking access to maternity care.
Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Cluster Focus Group Session
October 11, 2022 | 7:30 AM-1:30 PM | Location TBD

Evergreen Bioscience is excited to announce they will be gathering to share their cluster vision and to hear what you have to say in focus group discussions. They identified the five focus areas below they believe will create a robust life science ecosystem. 

Focus Areas:
  • Thriving Industry
  • Total Western North America Supply Chain
  • Global Entrepreneurship Hub
  • 21st Century Talent
  • World Class Cluster
They now want to hear your stories to refine and target the top priorities for the Evergreen Bioscience Innovation Groups to tackle. What job does your organization need done? What are your organization’s biggest pain points/problems? What industry level challenges are getting in your way? How would you like to contribute in the cluster?

Save the date!  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Fast-Track & Long-term Government Funding - Updated entries are bolded
Up to $750,000 available for the following critical areas of interest (AOI):
  • AOI #2: Infection Severity & Solving Sepsis  
  • AOI #5: ReDIRECT (Repurposing Drugs In Response to Chemical Threats)
  • AOI #6: Beyond the Needle
  • AOI #8: Bringing Laboratory Testing to Home  
  • AOI #9: Digital Health Tools for Pandemic Preparedness
  • AOI #11a: Home-based, OTC Diagnostics for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2
  • AOI #11b: Enabling Technologies to Support Home-based Diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 Acute Infection
  • AOI #12: Mitigating Long-term Effects (MILE) of Respiratory Distress
  • AOI #13: Endotyping for Host-Directed Therapeutics
  • AOI #14: Healing Lungs: Simpler, Safer Lung Support for Severe ARDS Patients
Please see the updated solicitation BAA-20-100-SOL-0002 for more information, including program manager contact info. Read for updated deadlines for each area of interest.
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Thank you!
For questions about this newsletter, contact Aylin Kim, Manager of Entrepreneurship, 
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