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Life Sciences/Global Health

Washington’s life scientists at center of cancer research.

Washington’s life scientists at center of cancer research.

From establishing the first hospital in the Northwest Territory in the mid-1800s to pioneering breakthroughs in immunotherapy and organizations tackling global health issues, Washington State has a long history of developing life saving technologies. Today, new breakthroughs in cancer treatment with fewer side effects are the focus of our cutting edge research community at UW […]

| July 1, 2014
Life sciences conference in June.

Life sciences conference in June.

Life Science Innovation Northwest is hosting a conference in Seattle June 19 and 20 showcasing the examples of why Washington State is a hotbed of global health and life sciences innovation. The conference will share how top-tier companies are partnering with Washington research institutes and nonprofits to create more jobs and find healthcare solutions that will benefit us […]

| May 27, 2014
AstaReal opens new facility in Moses Lake.

AstaReal opens new facility in Moses Lake.

Japanese pharmaceutical company, AstaReal, recently cut the ribbon on their new 59,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Moses Lake. A subsidiary of Fuji Chemical, AstaReal has been developing a microalgae based biotechnology since the 1990s. The company sees preventative medicine playing a greater role in healthcare both in treatment and prevention. The facility uses state of the art […]

| May 19, 2014
Seattle embraces wearable technology.

Seattle embraces wearable technology.

“The wearable thing is about not having to touch things, but to gather data and optimize. I want to optimize myself and wearable tech can get me there,” says Alex Day a program manager at Seattle company called RTneuro Inc. Alex is among many other Seattleites who are embracing a new wave of technology and […]

| May 19, 2014
Bold step in heart regeneration by UW research.

Bold step in heart regeneration by UW research.

Washington State biomedical research has once again made its mark with a revolutionary discovery.  UW cardiovascular biology researcher, Dr. Chuck Murray has successfully grafted human stem cells into damaged hearts of monkeys. His work to regenerate heart muscle and reduce heart failure has taken nearly two decades to obtain this significant result.  “It’s a very […]

| May 1, 2014
Washington global health organizations focus on malaria.

Washington global health organizations focus on malaria.

It’s estimated over 620,000 people worldwide — mostly children under age 5 — will die this year from malaria. The disease is found in over 100 countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Three of Washington State’s major global health organizations have set a goal to not just control, but to eliminate malaria. Tackling this complex problem requires research into improved therapies […]

| April 28, 2014
From the lab to the marketplace.

From the lab to the marketplace.

Created in 2005 with money from the landmark Tobacco Settlement Agreement, the Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) is dedicated to fostering growth of innovative life sciences research and development, promoting economic growth and improving health and health care in Washington State. LSDF has announced $1.25 million in grants for research on macular degeneration, leukemia and Parkinson’s disease, as well […]

| April 23, 2014
Startup snags $105 million to take genetic snapshots.

Startup snags $105 million to take genetic snapshots.

Adaptive Biotechnologies, a startup that originated at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has received $105 million in funding to expand its research and bring a new genetic snapshot testing kit to market. The company, which focuses on the genetic composition of the immune system, uses its discoveries to help fight cancer and other diseases […]

| April 17, 2014