In March, life science in Seattle went international.  For the first time, the annual Life Science Innovation Northwest conference has grown to the point that it began to reach across international boundaries, reflecting this region’s prominence among Pacific Rim economies.

In March, life science in Seattle went international.  For the first time, the annual Life Science Innovation Northwest conference has grown to the point that it began to reach across international boundaries, reflecting this region’s prominence among Pacific Rim economies.

 

Life Science Week 2010 started off with a night dinner on March 15th atop Bellevue Towers with a group of 30 CEOs representing leading US biotech companies, their counterparts from China, investment bankers and venture capitalists.  At the sunset penthouse cocktail hour preceding dinner, guests mingled with the evening’s keynote speaker, Obama administration official Travis Sullivan, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bob Nelsen, co-founder of Arch Venture Partners, one of the most important startup capital sources on the West Coast, President of Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and the evening’s moderator, Chris Rivera,Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Secretary of the Washington state Department of Commerce.

 

At Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Life Science Innovation Northwest was, for the first time, co-sponsored and keynoted by Steve Burrill, one of the most recognizable figures in Biotech. Washington’s life sciences sector recently joined the ranks of the state’s most important economic drivers. This was the week that put it on the map.

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