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Industry's strongest employment growth in a decade reported

After several years of lackluster growth in Washington state’s life sciences industry, new employment data revealed a 13% increase from 2014-2017! Read Full Report.


All major elements of Life Science Washington's legislative agenda enacted

The agenda included investments in workforce, research, growing the life science ecosystem, university research facilities, transportation, as well as managing drug pricing legislation. Read Full Report.


Half-Billion dollars of investment activity in Washington State recorded

Each month, the Life Science Washington Institute compiles an investment activity report summarizing transactions and trends in Washington's life sciences community. The report includes a continually updated list of angel funding, VC deals, M&A activity, and strategic partnership formations. Read Full Report.


Big wins for the industry at 11th Annual GeekWire Awards Ceremony

  • Startup CEO of the Year Winner: Leen Kawas, CEO, Athira Pharma
  • Hardware/Gadget of the Year Winner: Bardy Diagnostics
  • Health Innovation of the Year Winner: 98point6

View all GeekWire Winners.


Terrific 19th Annual Life Science Innovation Northwest Conference, highlights by the numbers:

  • Over 625 life science professional attendees
  • 48 company presentations
  • 34 poster presentations
  • 11 expert panel discussions
  • 1 "Fireside Chat" between Professor David Baker, University of Washington and Simone Fishburn, Vice President and Executive Editor, BioCentury
  • And, 1 amazing keynote address by Roger Perlmutter, Merck Research Laboratories

(Mark your calendar for next year: April 7 - 8, 2019)


The Atlantic Innovators held a panel discussion in Seattle

John Wecker, President and CEO, Pacific Northwest Research Institute and Leslie Alexander, President and CEO, Life Science Washington discussed the question: How can Seattle champion the next game changers in science and biotech?. View Event Recap Video.



SEATTLE, JULY 25 | 5 PM - 7 PM

Expand your professional, social and community contacts at this FREE event as we bring together our vibrant community of life science professionals. Beer, wine and light snacks available. This event is open to both Life Science Washington members and non-members.

JUNE 12 | 5 PM - 7 PM (Register)

BOTHELL: Seattle Genetics Campus Bothell in Building 3

(21717 30th Drive SE Bothell WA 98021)

JULY 25 | 5 PM - 7 PM (Register)

SEATTLE: Life Science Washington Office

1551 Eastlake Ave E Seattle WA 98102

Register today for the life sciences industry party of the summer!

AUGUST 15 | 4 PM - 7 PM (Register)

SEATTLE: Life Science Washington - Rooftop Deck

1551 Eastlake Ave E Seattle WA 98102

Registration for AUTM’s 2019 Western Region Meeting is open! Network and learn with tech transfer professionals from across the West. Join AUTM on September 19-20.


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