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WBBA President since January, 2009, Chris Rivera has developed the organization’s strategic direction to support the growth of life sciences in Washington state, one of Washington state’s largest and fastest growing economic industries. Since 2009, Mr. Rivera has also been appointed to several leadership positions, including; the Governor’s Higher Education Task Force, the Washington Global Health Funding Commission, and currently is the Chairman for the national Council of State Bioscience Associations. Prior to the WBBA, Mr. Rivera spent more than 25 years in numerous leadership roles in the biotechnology industry, including Founder and CEO of Hyperion Therapeutics, as well as SVP at Tercica and Genzyme, amongst other leadership positions in the life science industry. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; a bachelor degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University; and studied marketing and management at the Albers Graduate School of Business and Economics at Seattle University.