Blue Sky Innovation in the Heart of Seattle
South Lake Union is an urban village in the heart of Seattle, a modern boomtown with a legacy of blue sky innovation.
The impulse to go first and go far is in encoded in the DNA of the neighborhood. It was here that Henry Ford built his first Model T factory west of the Mississippi and William Boeing began manufacturing seaplanes. Today, South Lake Union is a nerve-center for new ideas that are shaping the future on a global scale.
Inside the ISCRM labs at 850 Republican Street, UW Medicine faculty, postdocs, and undergrads are pursuing the extraordinary in world-class facilities where great minds meet to push the boundaries of medicine together.
But that was just the beginning. In the past decade, ISCRM has been a leader in research grants, patented more than 250 discoveries with commercial potential, and started 20 companies. Fate Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FATE) and Universal Cells, Inc., are just two of the successful ventures born from ISCRM research.
Outside the labs, a vibrant community has taken root in the space between downtown Seattle and the shores of South Lake Union. Joining ISCRM in this park-dotted, walkable, lakeshore neighborhood are the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Amazon.
Beyond South Lake Union, no other city is a leader in areas as diverse as technology, retail, aerospace, and health care — and positioned precisely at the intersection of technology, big data, and science. And no region other than the Pacific Northwest offers such fertile soil for curiosity, compassion, and pursuit of the public good, all in a scenic wonderland where even the sight of the sun seems to fuel inspiration.
State of the Art Facilities
The Institute is located at UW Medicine’s research complex in Seattle’s South Lake Union (SLU) medical/tech hub. With more than 50 labs and over 100,000 square feet of wet lab space, the Institute has become a West Coast locus of innovation and scientific discovery. ISCRM has four unique core resources, each with specialized equipment, staff expertise, training and/or services. Three of these cores were launched mostly with private funding, which is acknowledged through their naming. In addition to the research labs housed at SLU, there are around 70 labs on the UW main campus, and several dozen at partnering institutions around the city.