Category Archives: Life Sciences/Global Health

Battlefield medicine finds new ally at UW.

University of Washington researchers aim to create the next generation of mannequins, with warm “flesh,” moist “tongues” and other human traits for training battlefield medics.

Thanks to an $8 million research grant from the Department of Defense, doctors at the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare at the University of Washington Medical Center hope that the mannequins will give military surgical teams more realistic simulations of battlefield injuries and make the use of live animals for training unnecessary.

The prototype, known as Frank as a humorous nod to Frankenstein, is the initial result of the cutting edge research. When perfected in 2019, the lifelike mannequins will feature skin that is warm to the touch, moist tongues, layers of body fat and very human responses to the procedures being performed.

The mannequin is leveraging Washington State’s vast expertise in hardware, software and robotics to create the amazingly lifelike test subject. The project is completely open source, allowing manufacturers and software companies to add capabilities and modules to simulate specific parts of the body or different illnesses or injuries.

Learn more about this new generation of surgical mannequins and the work University of Washington workers are doing to bring it to market.



Gates Foundation supports population health research at UW.

stethoscope, globe and computerIn 2007 the University of Washington began an initiative to compile evidence-based data on health trends around the globe. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) at UW makes the data widely available to world health organizations and policymakers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped to fund the launch of this global research effort and is now committing an additional $279 million to expand into areas of tracking the expenditure of health resources and forecasting health needs worldwide. IMHE believes data-driven policies and decisions will allow organizations, governments and communities to proactively allocate resources  to improve lives. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State has a history of pioneering innovation to address world health needs. More than 1,000 biopharma, medical technology and research organizations in Washington are focused on bringing new products, therapies and cures to the marketplace. Supporting this dynamic ecosystem are revolutionary research organizations such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain.

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Working towards healthy people and a healthy planet.

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The University of Washington has established a transformative Population Health Initiative. The goal is to collaborate with research organizations around Washington and beyond to improve the health and well-being of populations around the world.  The 25-year vision will focus on: human health, environmental resiliency, and social and economic equity. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made $219 million investment to help accelerate the project. Read more in Geekwire.

Washington State has a passion for innovation and nurtures a culture of collaboration. From bone marrow transplantation, the Scribner Shunt and portable heart defibrillator to the Rotablator and Sonicare Toothbrush, Washington research and development teams, universities and businesses have led the way in the life sciences  industry. The ecosystem is fed by leading researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Research, and supported by world-renowned organizations such as the Gates Foundation. More than 1,000 biopharma, medical technology and research organizations are focused on bringing new products, therapies and cures to the global marketplace.

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Tech companies collaborate to speed up cancer research.

gene-sequence cancer researchWashington State industry sector leaders have a history of collaboration and cross-pollination to create cutting edge solutions. Technology companies have brought their expertise to various sectors from commerce and manufacturing to agriculture, finance and life science.  In the area of cancer research, the push to find a cure has been aided by Microsoft and other tech companies helping to speed up genome sequencing. Washington State is the hub for cloud computing and the extensive time required to process huge amounts of data is being significantly reduced by using the cloud platform. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State has over 90,000 software developers, is the premier hub for cloud computing and is on the cutting edge of life science research. Our culture of collaboration and creativity coupled with our drive to solve big problems fosters an environment where innovative ideas and expertise are shared to reach a common goal.

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Washington cancer researchers join national consortium.

cancerresearchWashington State life science  companies are leaders in research and development of life saving protocols and instruments. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute and Virginia Mason Medical Center have been selected to collaborate with 10 other cancer research institutes around the country as part of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The sites were selected through peer-review and represent an elite group of research institutions. The effort to find individualized treatment protocols at the molecular level for pancreatic cancer is moving into trial stages. The 12 research groups will be sharing data and collaborating throughout the process. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State is a leader in life science research and development. From establishing hospitals in our pioneer days to development of the kidney dialysis machine, portable heart defibrillator, bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy, Washington State life science research institutions have been finding cures and improving health around the world.

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Washington State: Major hub of cancer research.

cancer-researchCollaboration is the key to moving rapidly into the future of healthcare research. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is working with the University of Washington to create a cloud-based resource for researchers around the world to share data.  Fred “Hutch” is world-renowned in cancer research and Washington’s expertise in cloud computing is a perfect match to create this extensive web-based resource that will help scientists worldwide share test results and provide data analysis.
Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State is home to over 480 life science and global health organizations engaged in research and more than 5,100 projects in 151 countries.

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Washington company tackles spread of Zika.

mosquitoWhile global health organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are at work developing vaccines for Zika, Washington State company SpringStar is building a trap for mosquitoes. Tackling the problem at the source is an alternative to chemical spraying which has not proven to be completely effective.  SpringStar’s low tech trap is easy for an individual family to set and maintain. This helps significantly reduce the population of the disease-spreading mosquito where they live and breed. Woodinville-based SpringStar has grown from a garage start-up to a 45,000 sq foot facility that manufactures an array of non-toxic traps for insect pests. Read more in The Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal.

With over 480 organizations engaged in 5,100 projects in 151 countries, Washington State’s life sciences and global health organizations are creating hope and finding cures around the globe.

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Ready-to-go research lab.

lifeSci_researchIf you’re a startup and all you need is your laptop, a desk and chair, wi fi, a copier, espresso machine and maybe a conference room there are plenty of co-working and incubator spaces for you to rent by the week or the month. But if you need chemical-resistant counters, multiple sinks and a powerful electrical system to run lab equipment, what’s a bio-tech startup to do? Finding available research lab space, unless you have deep pockets and build out your own, can be difficult.

In the Seattle South Lake Union district, the thriving biotech hub in Washington State, a new lab space for rent is opening to meet just that need. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal and Geekwire.

Washington State is on the leading edge of life sciences and global health research. Major players including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, the Gates Foundation, University of Washington School of Medicine and Allen Institute for Brain Science are drawing smaller biomedical startups to the region. Now they will have an easier time setting up laboratory space to discover revolutionary cures and bring them to market.

Over 480 life sciences and global health organizations are based in Washington State. The global health efforts are engaged in more than 1,500 projects around the world in 151 countries. With two top-tier research universities and access to local venture capital funding Washington is a great place for scientists to set up their lab and begin work on improving health outcomes worldwide.

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Advanced manufacturing meets life sciences research.

cancer-cellsWashington entrepreneurs are accustomed to the cross-pollination and collaboration across industry sectors that happens naturally in our state. Tapping into the expertise from advanced manufacturing, Seattle’s  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research is utilizing  a custom designed robot to increase the volume of compounds the lab can process.  Engineers are teaching robots to do precise repetitive tasks in the laboratory just as they do on the factory floor.  Read more in

Washington State’s culture of creativity and collaboration help fuel pioneering discoveries in life sciences and cutting edge innovations in aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology.  Washington is ranked #3 Most Innovative State by Bloomberg.  We have over 34,000 highly skilled workers in life sciences, two major research universities and more than 480 life sciences and global health organizations  in the state.

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Simple cup saving infant lives worldwide.

Photo: PATH
Photo: PATH

A collaboration of researchers at the University of Washington, a Seattle-based world health organization PATH and Seattle Children’s Hospital have developed a simple cup that will help feed infants unable to nurse. A partnership with a Norwegian global health non-profit will get the life-saving cup in the hands of new mothers across Africa. Read more in the Seattle Times.

From the kidney dialysis machine and the portable heart defibrillator to the Scribner Shunt and bone marrow transplantation, Washington State health researchers have invented many life-saving devices and procedures. With over 480 life sciences and global health organizations Washington’s culture of creativity and innovation has fostered transformational discoveries and revolutionary cures.

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