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Life Science Washington Announces 2017 Inductees into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame

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For Immediate Release:




Amy Snow Landa on behalf of Life Science Washington






Life Science Washington Announces 2017 Inductees into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame

Former Gov. Christine Gregoire and life science industry veterans Lee Huntsman, A. Bruce Montgomery and H. Stewart Parker honored during Life Science Innovation Northwest



SEATTLE – May 24, 2017 Life Science Washington today announced its 2017 inductees into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame, which recognizes innovative leaders and industry pioneers in Washington state who have made significant contributions to the life sciences.


“We are very pleased to honor these highly influential leaders with induction into the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame,” said Leslie Alexandre, DrPH, president and CEO of Life Science Washington. “The collective work of these individuals throughout their distinguished careers has had an immeasurable impact on life science research, discovery and innovation.”


The new Hall of Fame members, inducted during Life Science Innovation Northwest 2017, include:


The Honorable Christine Gregoire


Gregoire is well-known throughout our state for her career in public service. The first woman elected to

attorney general in the state of Washington, she served in that post for three terms before being elected governor. As governor, she worked with the Washington State Legislature to create the Life Sciences Discovery Fund as an investment in the future of the life sciences sector in Washington. Since leaving office, Gregoire has stayed involved, chairing the Import-Export Bank Advisory Committee and serving as chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Board of Trustees. Currently, Gregoire serves as CEO of Challenge Seattle, which aims to make our region more vibrant and globally competitive.


Lee Huntsman, Ph.D.


After more than two decades of distinguished service in academic leadership, Huntsman was named President Emeritus by the University of Washington Board of Regents in 2004. From 2005 to 2012, he served as the first executive director of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund Authority, a public-private partnership intended to advance life sciences research in the state. Currently, Huntsman is exploring ways the UW and Washington state might become more agile and successful in the reinvention of health care. Huntsman has been elected Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


A. Bruce Montgomery, M.D.

Montgomery has extensive pharmaceutical company experience in drug development, operations and financing. Currently the CEO of Genoa Pharmaceuticals, he was previously the CEO of Cardeas Pharma. He also founded and served as CEO of Corus Pharma, Inc. Montgomery has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture or public financings and authored 28 US patents. He was co-inventor of aerosolized pentamidine, the second AIDS drug approved by the FDA, and has received numerous honors. In 2015, he was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He is currently on the boards of Alder, Xencor, Vicis and M3Bio and served for a decade as a trustee of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund. Montgomery is a board-certified internist and pulmonologist.


H. Stewart Parker


Parker is the Principal of Parker BioConsulting. Previously, she served as the CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI). She also served as the Commercialization Consultant for the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (now Life Science Washington), assisting emerging companies in their business planning, strategy and fundraising. An entrepreneur, Parker is the founder and former president and CEO of Targeted Genetics Corporation, a Seattle biotechnology company. Previously, she was vice president of corporate development at Immunex Corporation as well as president, CEO and board member of Receptech Corporation. She is the recipient of numerous awards and currently sits on several for-profit and nonprofit boards of directors, including the board of WINGS, the nonprofit angel network for medical technology companies in the Pacific Northwest. 


Life Science Washington created the Washington Life Science Hall of Fame in 2016 to honor industry leaders and pioneers. The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees included:


  •  Donald W. Baker, who revolutionized medical ultrasound through Doppler Technology, University of Washington
  •  Karl William Edmark, M.D., founder, Physio-Control
  •  Steven Gillis, Ph.D., managing director, ARCH Venture Partner
  •  Leroy Hood, M.D., Ph.D., president and co-founder, Institute for Systems Biology, and senior vice president and chief science officer, Providence St. Joseph Health
  •  E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., Nobel Laureate, and Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas, both of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


About Life Science Washington

Life Science Washington is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association. Its mission is to support and grow Washington state life sciences through advocacy, collaboration and investment. Serving more than 600 members, Life Science Washington brings together research institutions, investors and innovators to grow the state’s life science economy. More information, including a complete board roster, can be found at | @LifeScienceWA





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