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PhRMA We Work For Health Event

We Work For Health (WWFH) tapped Nyhus to introduce Washington’s biomedical sector to newly elected state legislators, educating them about the economic impact of the industry, the cost saving options that innovation and certain regulatory policies can have, and the specific work that companies are currently doing in Washington State.

Challenge

We Work For Health asked Nyhus to facilitate an introduction for the biomedical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors in Washington to freshman legislators during the legislative session within public disclosure commission guidelines.

Solution

Nyhus developed a plan for an evening dinner reception including panelists from the Washington biomedical community and the state legislature. Nyhus leveraged personal relationships to pull together the panel and reach out to freshman legislators and members of their staff. Nyhus managed strategic messaging and logistical planning of the event, including invitations and outreach to make sure new legislators attended the event.

Results

By the end of the night, WWFH had successfully established relationships with new members of the state legislature and had strengthened its existing ties and those of Amgen and other participating organizations representing the biomedical sector in Olympia.

WWFH introduced 13 legislators, 11 of them newly elected, and three additional policy staffers to the biomedical sector in Washington. Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt co-hosted the event, giving overviews of the presenting organizations. Co-host and leading Democratic Sen. Steve Hobbs introduced freshman legislators to the number of jobs generated in Washington by the industry and the relative scale of the industry in comparison other well-known keystone industries, citing the biomedical sector as closing in on computer and electronic product manufacturing for the number four position among the state’s largest employers.

Presenters included: Amgen, the Washington Global Health Alliance and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

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