surgeryFrom the portable heart defibrillator in the 1950s to the Scribner shunt and kidney dialysis machine in the ’60s, to bone marrow transplantation procedure in the ’70s and the Rotoblator and a vaccine vial monitor in more recent years, Washington State has been pioneering innovations and inventions in the life sciences.

Today, mechanical engineering students at the University of Washington are beginning clinical testing on a new pen-sized microscope to assist in delicate surgeries. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

With over 106 academic research centers, 782 life sciences companies, $858 million in NIH grants and top-tier research educational institutions like the UW, Washington State has long been the leader revolutionizing health care, discovering new cures and improving lives around the world.

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Washington was ranked the #1 Most Innovative State by Bloomberg, 2013. Check out our interactive timeline of inventions and innovations from Washington State that have left their mark on the world.