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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