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StarFish Medical joins WBBA as Commercialization Consulting Sponsor

February 4, 2014

Victoria BC—February 4, 2014—StarFish Medical today announced it is an official Commercialization Consulting Sponsor for the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA).   An independent, non-profit 501(c) (6) trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington, WBBA members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.  

One of the WBBA’s objectives is to assist life science researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies bridge the gap between discovery and commercialization. The Commercialization Consulting Program Objectives include providing strategic advice and guidance to life science entrepreneurs and researchers.

Chris E. Rivera, President of the WBBA on the value of this relationship: “Early access to experienced design and commercialization resources like StarFish Medical can make a huge impact on early stage companies.  Exchanging ideas with others who have “been there, done that” is invaluable.  And as a Commercialization Consulting Sponsor, StarFish Medical gains exposure and connections to rising leaders in WBBA’s vibrant community of life sciences companies, scientists and entrepreneurs.”

“We’re excited to become more involved in the Washington’s dynamic Biotechnology and Biomedical community. The ability to engage and consult with members helps us contribute to early success and share the wealth of experience and expertise we have gained during 15 years of medical device commercialization.” adds Scott Phillips, President of StarFish Medical.

2013 WBBA Commercialization Consulting Snapshot* 

  • Visits with more than 80 companies, entrepreneurs and researcher groups 
  • Type of Companies: 57% Med Tech, 21% BioPharma, 15% Health Info Tech, 1% Global Health, 1% Clean Tech, 4% Other 
  • Stage of Companies: 66% Emerging, 15% Core (growth), 19% Idea 
  • Intellectual property: Nearly 75% develop IP in house, 30% license IP licensed from a Washington-based research institution

As a Commercialization Consulting sponsor, a summary of  StarFish Medical Capabilities services and a special pro bono consulting offer will be included in the Bio-Entrepreneur Startup Kit given to all organizations that utilize WBBA’s commercialization consulting program.

StarFish Medical is a Medical Device Design company with a full complement of design, development, and manufacturing services. We use the PathFinder™ process to reduce wasted effort and increase success for medical device product definition, technical engineering, and product development. Prototype and volume production are delivered in an ISO 13485 certified Quality Management System and FDA registered manufacturing and clean room facility.

* Source: Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

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