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Life Sciences Leaders to Launch Statewide 'We Work for Health' Economic Development and Jobs Campaign

Group to Release Groundbreaking Study on Economic Impact of Life Sciences Sector on Washington State

SEATTLE, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- An alliance of Washington state business, academic, government and community leaders will launch "We Work for Health," a landmark statewide effort to enhance the public's understanding of the economic impact of Washington's life sciences industry and to promote the growth and success of the sector.

We Work for Health will release the results of a groundbreaking study demonstrating the economic impact of the life sciences and biopharmaceutical sector in Washington state. The study will highlight the number of jobs created directly and indirectly by the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical and research companies that make Washington an international hub for life sciences innovation.


News conference to launch We Work for Health, a statewide economic development and jobs advocacy coalition.

Release of job creation and economic impact study by Archstone Consulting of biopharmaceutical and related industries in Washington state.

Tour of Seattle Children's Research Institute to illustrate importance of life sciences jobs in Washington state.

    Thursday, April 23, 2009
    10 a.m. News Conference
    10:45 a.m. Tour of Seattle Children's Research Institute with President James B. Hendricks, PhD.

    Seattle Children's Research Institute
    Soundgarden Room, 11th floor
    1900 9th Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101

Complimentary parking is available in the Diamond Parking garage in the Children's building. The entrance is located in the alley off Stewart Street between 9th and Terry.


We Work for Health Co-Chairs

  • Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Dr. Elson S. Floyd, President, Washington State University
  • Dr. Lee Huntsman, Executive Director, Life Sciences Discovery Fund
  • Chris Rivera, President, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association
  • Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development


Michael Eckstut, Life Sciences Practice Leader, Archstone Consulting


We Work for Health is a statewide effort uniting organizations, companies, individuals and other stakeholders around a common goal: to educate policymakers and key opinion leaders about the economic impact of the life sciences innovation pipeline and to promote and grow the industry in Washington state. We Work for Health seeks to raise awareness of the impact of public policy on innovation in the life sciences, related industries and surrounding communities.

Media Contacts: Chelsea Waliser or Nate Cole-Daum, Nyhus Communications LLC for We Work for Health, (206) 323-3733 | or

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