New discoveries. Revolutionary cures.

O ne of the largest biotech clusters in the United States, Washington offers investors, startups and industry innovators a unique environment where collaboration is the norm and bold ideas such as the use of synthetic scorpion venom to paint brain tumors, are changing the face of healthcare.

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 bone marrow transplantation to passive vaccine storage systems for use in remote parts of the world and centrally-connected disposable sensors that can be used for triage (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 347 biotech and nonprofit research organizations, 316 medical device and equipment companies; 197 digital health/health IT firms; 118 life science-related distribution companies; 100 drug and pharmaceutical firms and 66 agriculture feedstock and industrial bioscience companies.

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 local bio-device companies that are leveraging the state’s expertise in software, hardware and mobile platforms to create revolutionary new products to monitor and treat health issues.

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.

Contact us today!

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.

Give us a call at (206) 256-6100 or email one of our business experts below to learn more about our life sciences/global health sector and how you can become part of the future of healthcare in Washington State.

Julia Terlinchamp, Director of Economic Development, Life Science/Global Health Sector: Phone: (206) 256-6107

Radi Simeonova, Business Development Manager, Life Science & Global Health – Phone: (206) 256-6114

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