Life Science Washington Inaugural East West Summit June 14 & 15

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Life Science Washington is excited to present its first East West Summit June 14th and 15th at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane.

Purpose: The East West Life Science Summit is intended to elevate the visibility of life science research, discovery, entrepreneurship, and innovation throughout Eastern Washington and foster cross-state collaboration through networking opportunities and information sharing. The Summit will also provide an opportunity to expose college students to the life science ecosystem in Eastern Washington, encouraging them to pursue industrial as well as academic careers in the life sciences.

Who should attend: C-suite & VP, researchers, business development managers/directors, strategist, students, and anyone who is interested in life sciences industry.

Preliminary Agenda:

Thursday, June 14 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Friday, June 15 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Conference

                +Keynote address by Dr. Lee Hood, Institute for Systems Biology
                +Lunch keynote by Latisha Hill, SVP, Avista



The East West Life Science Summit on June 14 & 15 is promising to be an exciting event. Come network and learn about the fast-growing life science sector east of the Cascades. Here are a few of the impressive speakers slated to present at the Summit:


Keynote Speaker Dr. Leroy "Lee" Hood
Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and Professor, Institute for Systems Biology

Well known as the “father of systems biology,” Dr. Hood is a legend in the life sciences industry. His discoveries, inventions and thought leadership have shaped contemporary biology. His invention of the first automated DNA sequencer was critical to the human genome program, and since then he has helped develop several other instruments critical for contemporary biology. In 1992, he created the first cross-disciplinary biology department, Molecular Biology, at the University of Washington and in 2002 he left UW to co-found the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB). Since founding ISB, Dr. Hood has pioneered systems medicine and has promoted the concept of healthcare that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory (P4).

As with all pioneers, Dr. Hood is constantly looking forward and pushing the envelope as far and fast as he can to improve human health. Already hard at work on new transformative approaches to modern medicine and health care, Dr. Hood is leading the way to bring “scientific wellness” to the practice of medicine. Join him at the Summit and hear his latest thinking on where 21st century medicine is heading.


Luncheon Speaker Latisha Hill
Senior Vice-President, Avista Development

Founded in Spokane in 1889 as the Washington Water Power Company, Avista is integral to the growth and development of eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Senior Vice President of Avista Development, Latisha Hill, is focused on community and economic development. Her extensive experience optimizing strategic investments that leverage the strengths of local and regional partnerships makes her an expert on how industries can impact the economies, health and well-being of communities such as those throughout eastern Washington.  Ms. Hill is the East West Life Science Summit featured lunch speaker. Come learn about the high impact investments Avista is making throughout eastern Washington to ensure its continued growth and prosperity.


Dr. Malin Young, Presenter
Deputy Director of Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) has “advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in service of the nation and the world.” The only national research lab in Washington state, PNNL has been integral to life science development in eastern Washington. 

Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Dr. Malin Young, is responsible for integrating PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in energy, the environment and national security.  A native Washingtonian with expertise in rational drug design, bioinformatics, and protein structure, Dr. Young also manages PNNL's institutional science and technology investments and technology commercialization activities. We look forward to her presentation on the important bioscience work ongoing at PNNL and how the Lab interacts with other members of Washington state’s life science ecosystem. 



Thursday, June 14 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Networking Reception

Friday, June 15 from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Conference

+Panel discussions include:

  • The Arivale-WSU Medical School Collaboration: An Innovative Approach to Putting Personalized Medicine into Action
  • Cross-state Life Science Collaborations
  • Creating and Growing Life Science Companies in Eastern Washington
  • Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
  • And much more….

Registration fees:

Thursday evening Reception and Friday Conference: $150

Thursday evening Reception only: $50

Friday Conference only: $125

Students: $50 (all inclusive) 

Interested in being an event sponsor? Contact Brian Dershowitz, LSW's Business Development Manager.