Life Science Washington Institute’s BioBash is a celebration of Washington state life science entrepreneurs and the partners that support them. This inaugural event will bring together entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and ecosystem leaders to recognize the discoveries, achievements and innovations that have shaped Washington’s life science industry.

This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Leen Kawas, Ph.D., CEO and Co-founder of Athira Pharma. Following her remarks, she will join a panel including both entrepreneur and investor perspectives in a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Scallon. Two awards will be introduced during BioBash:

  • Life Science Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, sponsored and presented by Perkins Coie
  • Ingrid K. Ruf, PhD, WIN Mentor of the Year award, presented by Life Science Washington Institute

Keynote Address, sponsored by Fenwick & West: Leen Kawas, CEO and Co-founder, Athira Pharma

Panel Moderator: Elizabeth Scallon, Alexa Startups & Fund- GTM & Operations, Amazon


  • Will Canestaro, Ph.D., Managing Director, Washington Research Foundation, WRF Capital
  • Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, PvP Biologics
  • Leen Kawas, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder, Athira Pharma
  • Ivan Liachko, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder, Phase Genomics
  • Sean McClain, CEO & Founder, AbSci

Cost to Attend: Free! There is no cost to attend BioBash 2020 thanks to the generous support of UPS as our registration sponsor.

Thank you to our sponsor companies!