WE-REACH

Upcoming Events

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Biomedical Entrepreneurship Fireside Chat Series Winter 2023

Fireside chats with biomedical entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts help academic innovators quickly learn the essentials.

Free to attend!

Zoom Link for all sessions: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92916962430?pwd=aFZ1c082S1VXYjc2dHFtZWlXREFnZz09


 Week 1: Biomedical Entrepreneurship and Its Unique Challenges

January 19, 2023, 2-3pm panel discussion followed by optional 3-4pm mentor check-ins for training attendees

Video recording >>>

This event kicks off a series of four weekly fireside chats in the WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Training where industry experts, startup founders, and investors share their insights with new innovators.

Panelists in this first session are entrepreneurs and accelerator/incubator leaders who bring different perspectives to the startup experience. In this discussion you will hear advice on getting the right interviews from your customer base, key questions you will need to answer as you seek a viable business model and what some exciting next steps might be following participation in this regional NSF I-Corps and WE-REACH biomedical entrepreneurship training.  We hope you can join us!


Week 2: Biomedical Business Models, Budgets, and Funding Sources

January 26, 2023, 2-3pm panel discussion followed by optional 3-4pm mentor check-ins for training attendees

Video recording >>>

This is the second event in a four-part series of fireside chats that are part of the WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Training.  These events highlight industry experts, startup founders, and investors who share insights and advice to help new innovators ramp up quickly.

As new innovation teams delve into customer discovery they may find assumptions about their potential customer base changes. Business models may need adjustment as it becomes clear who the purchaser of a product or service will be and what their priorities are. There are many potential sources of funding for a business depending on the business model. Come hear from these experienced entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to discover what proved critical in their successes as they found working business models and funding sources.


Week 3: Biomedical Regulatory Strategy and Product Development

February 2, 2023, 2-3pm panel discussion followed by optional 3-4pm mentor check-ins for training attendees

This is the third event in a four-part series of fireside chats that are part of the WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Training.  These events highlight industry experts, startup founders, and investors who share insights and advice to help new innovators ramp up quickly.

Most new innovators don’t realize how much needs to be done to meet the requirements and gain clearance or approval from the FDA allowing them to market their products. Even after a product is on the market specific quality systems must be maintained. Don’t be caught off-guard, come learn about the design, testing, monitoring, and data reporting necessary to move from a bench prototype to a commercial product, whether it’s a medical device or therapeutic. Panelists will bring stories based on their experience as they highlight key FDA processes and associated product development steps.


Week 4: PNW Regional Resources for Biomedical Entrepreneurs

February 9, 2023, 2-3pm panel discussion followed by optional 3-4pm mentor check-ins for training attendees

This is the final event in a four-part series of fireside chats that are part of the WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Training.  These events highlight industry experts, startup founders, and investors who share insights and advice to help new innovators ramp up quickly.

The Regional Resources panel will be discussing entrepreneur support “front doors”. Join us in exploring how entrepreneurs can identify and access life science startup resources and programs. We will also talk about our scopes of engagement and referral patterns in the ecosystem.

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Past Events

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ITHS/WE-REACH Symposium & Expo

September 30, 2022

ITHS/WE-REACH INNOVATION SYMPOSIUM & ITHS TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE EXPO

How do you translate innovations from great ideas to successful medicine? The ITHS & WE-REACH Innovation Symposium helped answer that question in a multifaceted celebration of process, perseverance, and accomplishment. The story of finding a treatment for cystic fibrosis that was shared is spectacular!

Watch recording now >>>

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Biomedical Entrepreneurship Fireside Chat Series

Past session descriptions and recordings >>>

Fireside chats with biomedical entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts help academic innovators quickly learn the essentials.

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WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Spring Showcase

March 8, 2022, 12:30-2pm in person and 
Vista Café, South Foege Hall

3720 15th Ave NE, Seattle
University of Washington
Video recording of the event >>>

Hear about the WE-REACH Biomedical Entrepreneurship Center and learn what has been accomplished since it launched a little more than two years ago.

If you are an academic innovator, come learn what we have to offer through our training and funding programs. WE-REACH provides monies to assist in a project’s development and of equal importance, coaching, mentoring, and project management to prepare you for follow-on investor funding!

Four of our project teams will highlight the unique and beneficial aspects of their journeys through the WE-REACH funding and milestone-based process. They are excited to share the progress they have made toward starting companies and launching their products.

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PNW Startup Showcase & Social

October 12, 2021
10am – 12pm Pacific 
online

Are you interested in meeting students and community members involved in entrepreneurship and product development? If so, join us for the PNW Startup Showcase and Social!

Hosted by eight of our regional universities, the event showcases emerging startups driven by students, faculty, staff, and alums. Hear how these teams participated in multiple programs around the region to advance their projects.

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Startup Showcase & Social

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
3:00-5:00pm Pacific

Interested in meeting like-minded students and community members involved in entrepreneurship and product development?

Listen to teams pitch! Network with your peers!

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Health Economics Workshop

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
1:30-3:00pm Pacific

Does your innovation bring value to healthcare?
If so, what value and to whom?

Scott Spencer

Instructor: Scott Spencer, PhD Candidate in Public Health Genetics and Health Economics at the University of Washington. Scott is an expert in value assessment in precision medicine and health economic valuation and has worked with venture capital and insurance companies in this capacity.