Weekly REDEW: The Drug Development Process – From Discovery to Commercialization

November 12, 2010

Another week, another webinar…that’s what I always say. I was never sure why I said it though, until last week’s B-MOW on EDA’s webinar was followed by this week’s email from GlobalCompliancePanel inviting me to a live webinar. Maybe I got this webinar email because I posted last week about webinars. Or maybe I’m just prescient. Regardless, I’m dedicating this week’s Random Economic Development Email of the Week to ” Live Webinar – The Drug Development Process – From Discovery to Commercialization”. Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s Move the CDC to Seattle!

August 12, 2010

It sure is a shame that Seattle didn’t have a huge malaria problem back in the day. Not because I think we missed out on our fair share of infectious diseases, but because it turns out the reason the Center for Disease Control is outside Atlanta is that it used to be a hot spot for deadly mosquitoes:

The CDC was founded in 1942 as the Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities….Atlanta was chosen as the location because malaria was endemic in the Southern United States…With a budget at the time of about $1 million, 59 percent of its personnel were engaged in mosquito abatement…there were only seven medical officers on duty and an early organization chart was drawn, somewhat fancifully, in the shape of a mosquito. (editor’s note: “ha!”)

Why is this quasi-humorous factoid relevant?  Because it’s time that the Center for Disease Control had a west coast office, and it’s clear to me that such an office should be here. Read the rest of this entry »

Philanthropy in Economic Development

June 7, 2010

You may have seen the article in today’s Seattle Times about how the Iacocca Family Foundation (yes, that Iacocca) is investing in a local biotech company. The human interest hook is that Lee Iacocca’s first wife, Mary, died from diabetes, and so the former Chrysler chairman is investing in potential therapies that can cure the disease. But the economic development hook is much more intriguing. Read the rest of this entry »

I Want To Be Close To You

April 30, 2010

In the online, globalized world, geography doesn’t matter anymore, because we can email/conference call/GoToMeeting/virtual/3D/sync/nonsenseword/etc. Except that it totally does. For example, this new Innovation Center going right next to PNNL in Richland, WA. Why do they need to be right next to the Pacific Northwest National Lab? Is the IP coming out of there too heavy to move very far? Or is it, as others are arguing, that geography is a really important aspect to technology commercialization: Read the rest of this entry »

Blogging from Leadershp Conference #2 – Global Health

October 24, 2008

The Conference topic this year is Global Health.  As in, how can we capitalize on the list of great things going on in our region, from Gates, to PATH, to SBRI, to of course UW and WSU?

BTW, if you don’t know it, Seattle is rapidly becoming the center of Global Health on worldwide scale.  This has all grown organically, some would say “by accident.”  But I always think when someone says that it just means that they weren’t the ones that planned it.  I say it grew up because talented people executed their vision.  And because we have UWMC and the Gates Foundation.

So, recognizing that it is hard to say what should be done when we haven’t wrapped up the preceedings yet, my vote goes to a little planning and a lot of doing.  Read the rest of this entry »