Event: Business Partnerships for Global Health: Successes, Obstacles & Opportunities

July 24, 2012

Join the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) for an interactive and engaging discussion on partnerships between non-profit global health organizations and for-profit entities. Panelists will highlight challenges, successes and impact. Learn more about how you and your company can get involved in global health.

July 31, 2012
5:30 – 8 pm
Next 50 Pavilion at Seattle Center
Beverages and light appetizers
RSVP for this free event

For more information please contact: Vajra Allan at vallan@wghalliance.org or 206.456.9613


  • Dr Jacqueline Sherris, VP Global Programs, PATH
  • Scott Dyer, Founder, Scan My List
  • Tania Barron, Global Lead for Health, ERM
  • Toni Langlinais, Seattle Managing Director, Accenture
  • Anne Bugge, VP Global Public Health, SonoSite


Global Health Experience Exhibit Opens

July 3, 2012

After years of hard work, the folks at Washington Global Health Alliance held a ribbon cutting last night for the opening of the Global Health Experience exhibit. The exhibit introduces global health challenges and successes to the public through four personal stories from across the globe, and focuses on malaria; maternal, newborn child health; diabetes; cancer and water and sanitation. Experience and respond to the life of a person affected by these challenges and learn about global health innovations created in Washington. The Seattle Times covers the exhibit here.

This free exhibit is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm through August 19 as part of the Next 50 celebration.

Global Health Industry Cluster Tour Recap

September 22, 2011

On Friday, September 9 the Prosperity Partnership led a group of interested individuals on a Global Health Industry Cluster Tour.

A sold out tour group ditched the bus and took to the streets for the first ever walking industry cluster tour. The reason this was possible is the success of the South Lake Union neighborhood as a hub for global health organizations. Participants saw the inner workings of a number of global health organizations and spoke with representatives of others.

We kicked the day off at the South Lake Union Discovery Center where we heard about this dynamic neighborhood – past and future developments, investments in transit, transportation infrastructure and new public spaces. From there we went to Seattle BioMed, where we learned about their work developing innovative solutions to combat the world’s deadliest diseases and toured their research facility.

Lisa Cohen of the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) gave a presentation on the local global health sector and talked about the Global Health Nexus, Seattle initiative. Global Health Nexus has been working to bring the Seattle region’s global health community together to build a platform for enhanced collaboration, public awareness, and action.

The next stop was the Institute for Systems Biology. What is systems biology? Well, I’ll defer to John Aitchison, Phd who gave the following presentation on the subject. Also, during the tour of the facilities, attendees got to see someone in a highly secured room dissecting a mosquito.

Vulcan Real Estate sponsored the tour’s lunch discussion where participants were broken up into tables with representatives from major area global health organizations. There were representatives from Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, Infectious Disease Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, SightLife, University of Washington Department of Global Health, and World Vision.

Participants finished off the day with a tour of PATH. Even with such a full day, we still only scratched the surface of how important the global health sector is to the world and the local economy.

More information:
South Lake Union Development Update 2004-2010
Global Health Strategic Mapping and Economic Opportunity Portfolio, from the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) and City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED)

Job Growth and Development Activity in South Lake Union Surpass Expectations

September 6, 2011

“The success in South Lake Union with the life sciences and global health sector is an example of successful public-private partnership. We are committed to continued engagement with industry and community leaders on issues of job training, power reliability, zoning, transportation infrastructure and urban design to continue this momentum,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

The City of Seattle issued a press release detailing the city’s actions to continue to support  the creation of jobs in the healthcare, global health and life sciences industries. Read the press release here.

To read the South Lake Union Development Update (2004-2010) click here.

Prosperity Partnership Global Health Industry Cluster Tour

August 26, 2011

The Prosperity Partnership is leading a Global Health Industry Cluster Tour on Friday, September 9th from 8:00am-2:30pm. This walking tour is being sponsored by Vulcan Real Estate, a major driver in developing the South Lake Union neighborhood into a biotech hub.

The Prosperity Partnership is coordinating this event with help from the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), a statewide alliance of global health organizations, and Global Health Nexus, an initiative of WGHA that works to increase public awareness of global health. The Global Health Industry Cluster Tour is an opportunity to learn about this exciting, impactful cluster firsthand. Attendees will tour global health organizations, and hear from a panel of experts on partnerships in the industry and upcoming events – all as part of an effort to learn about opportunities to grow this part of our economy. 

The cost to attend is $45, and includes lunch. We are still finalizing the itinerary, but we will be meeting at the South Lake Union Discovery Center and traveling through the South Lake Union neighborhood visiting PATH, Seattle BioMed and the Institute for Systems Biology. We’ll have representatives from many organizations within the global health community including Seattle Children’s, the UW Department of Global Health, and World Vision. Final details and logistics will be emailed before the event, but the South Lake Union Discovery Center is acessible by public transportation, and parking is available at the PATH headquarters, or at 2200 Westlake Avenue.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn abouthow they can get involved with Global Health Nexus, an initiative of WGHA in partnership with the Prosperity Partnership and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

Slots are filling up fast. Click here to register for this event by Friday, September 2nd:

Big Ideas of (the First Half of) 2011

June 17, 2011

I promised in my last post that I would do one final entry on the Prosperity Blog before I leave the PSRC. And, since today is my last day, there’s no time like the present to make that happen. I also promised that this last post would be entirely self-indulgent and nostalgic, and I can think of no post that fits the bill more than the annual Prosperity Blog Year In Ideas feature – the yearly tradition in which I point out to you all how good my thoughts on economic development are, in Top Ten format.

Since it’s only halfway through the year (June 30 is less than two weeks away!), I’ll cut that Top Ten down to Top Five. And so, without further ado…and with no more ado ever again by me on this blog…here are the best practical proposals for improving our region’s business climate and competitiveness (and the most impractical, sky’s-the-limit ideas) I’ve had so far in 2011.

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Weekly B-MOW: Seattle Chamber Intercity Study Mission

March 26, 2011

Every year, the Seattle Chamber does an “intercity study mission,” bringing regional business, government and community leaders to a peer city for a three day exploration of similarities, differences and, most importantly, the best practices that we can take back and copy in our own region. This past week, a group of us traveled for this year’s trip to San Jose for an Intercity Study Mission to Silicon Valley.

The reason to do a study mission to Silicon Valley is obvious: as much as we fancy ourselves as a leading region for innovation, we pale in comparison to the sheer breadth and depth and magnitude of what has come out of that region – HP, Google, Adobe, Apple, Yahoo…the list goes on and on. So, what are those things that we can take from them?

Here are my top three takeaways:

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