New discoveries. Revolutionary cures.
In many respects, it’s an entrepreneurial space ripe for innovation and invention. This culture of innovation extends beyond the sector itself, leveraging new advances in the technology industry to rapidly prototype new devices and approaches, such as the use of augmented reality in the surgical suite and big data to find new treatments and even cures.
A rich history of innovation.
Over the years our ideas have revolutionized medicine, from the portable heart defibrillator and Medic One emergency response system to bone marrow transplantation, the Scribner Shunt and outpatient kidney dialysis centers. (visit our Innovations timeline for more Life Science wonders).
Anchored by highly respected research institutions such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Allen Institute, University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the sector employs nearly 36,000 researchers and support staff working at 66 agricultural feedstock/industrial bioscience firms; 100 drug and pharmaceutical companies; 118 life science related businesses; 197 digital health and health IT enterprises; 316 medical device and equipment companies and 347 biotech and nonprofit research organizations.
Nearly 170 organizations in the state are promoting and improving global health through research, training, education and public awareness, including the Gates Foundation, which has committed more than $32.9 billion to support global health initiatives around the world. These organizations have forged nearly 2,000 partnerships around the globe, spearheading 5,000 projects in 151 countries.
Plenty of room to grow.
One of the great things about Washington’s life science/global health sector is that there is plenty of room for growth. Two-person startups with fresh ideas can easily explore and innovate, tapping into the huge intellectual capital of researchers, scientists, doctors and graduate students in the region.
Venture capitalists and angels are always on the lookout for the next Washington State success story, such as Juno Therapeutics, which is examining ways to use human T-cells to re-engage the immune system, which could revolutionize the way doctors treat cancer.
Washington has had the distinct honor of being home to eight Nobel Prize winners in medicine, chemistry and physiology. The University of Washington recently ranked first in technologies licensed and commercialization agreements and over the last decade. Washington State University and the University of Washington have launched more than 200 startups that leveraged their research outcomes.
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Washington is redefining the world of healthcare on a global scale. Life science/global health organizations thrive in Washington because of our excellent research capabilities, highly collaborative partnerships that blur the lines between life science and technology, our history of innovation and invention, and our dedication to health and wellness worldwide, giving hope where there once was none.
Life Science In-Depth
- Bothell Biomedical Devices Innovation Zone
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Allen Institute for Brain Science
- Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
- Seattle’s Children’s Hospital
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- The Hope Heart Institute
- Institute for Systems Biology
- Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute
- Infectious Disease Research Institute
- Puget Sound Blood Center
- Seattle BioMed
- Swedish Medical Center
- Heart Clinics Northwest
- University of Washington, School of Medicine
- Washington State University
Julia Terlinchamp, Director of Economic Development, Life Science/Global Health Sector: Phone: (206) 256-6107
Julie A. Bennion, Export Assistance Manager, Life Science & Global Health – Phone: (206) 256-6132
Radi Simeonova, Business Development Manager, Life Science & Global Health – Phone: (206) 256-6114