SEATTLE, November 22, 2004– The newly formed Women's Bioethics Project (WBP) – an
independent, non-partisan, public-policy think tank based in Seattle –
has named its inaugural advisory board. Prominent scientists, scholars
and attorneys, as well as business leaders – all drawn from the
Northwest – comprise the founding board.
WBP Founder Kathryn Hinsch notes, "The Pacific Northwest has a
long history of hosting cutting-edge enterprises and innovative thought
leadership in both private industry and academic centers. Having these
riches in our own backyard allowed us to recruit such an impressive
roster of advisors."
Bioethicist Michael Yesley, former staff director of a
national bioethics commission, added "The Women's Bioethics Project, as
a non-university- affiliated think tank, has built an all-star advisory
board that truly stretches across disciplines. It brings together
people who know how to make action-oriented policy recommendations on
politically charged issues. Too often, issues are researched to death
and the results languish in the ivory tower."
Moya Vazquez, former Immunex executive, commented, "One of the
really smart moves WBP has made with the advisory board is to bring
in the biotech as well as the venture capital and business communities
from the onset. Often bioethics groups are set up in opposition to
these key stakeholders. But the goal of the Women's Bioethics Project
is to build coalitions from the beginning."
The board, which will hold its first planning session in early
December, will determine the organization's goals for the coming year
as well as provide strategic direction on bioethical issues and trends.
The WBP plans to name national and international advisory boards as
well as a board of directors in 2005.
Health Law Faculty, University of Washington School of Law
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Vault Capital II
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine
VP, Amgen Inc.
VP, Alexander Hutton
WBP Founder, former Senior Director of Marketing, Microsoft
Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, University of Puget Sound
Associate Dean, University of Washington School of Law
Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine
Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Global Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Professor Emeritus, The Evergreen State College
Worldwide Clinical Genomics Sales Manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences Division, IBM
President, Health Advocacy Strategies
VP, Mellon Private Wealth Management
Executive Director, Northwest Women's Law Center
Biotech Legacy Foundation and former Immunex executive
former staff, National Commission for the
Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research and
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For advisory board member biographies, please click here.