Washington Research Foundation Names Tom Daniel as New CEO

Washington Research Foundation (WRF), a leader in advancing life sciences in Washington state, announces Tom Daniel, Ph.D., as chief executive officer. This appointment follows the retirement of Ron Howell, who served in the position for nearly three decades. Daniel will join WRF on October 1, relieving interim CEO Susan Coliton, WRF’s director and grants committee chair, who has overseen operations…
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Meet Stephen Mayclin through #ScienceWorks

Calling “Emerald City” his home, it is common to find Seattle-based x-ray crystallographer and coffee roaster, Dr. Stephen Mayclin, taking long walks in the region’s forested enclaves. He finds inspiration in the complexity & symmetry of nature. Not surprisingly, even his lab is located on a wooded island. His desire to understand life at the molecular level guides his research…
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UW MOLE Welcomes Largest Cohort

The UW Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute welcomed thir 9th cohort of future molecular engineers, their largest cohort of students yet. Learn more about their newest trainees and their current research interests: Reagan is interested in leveraging her past research experience to study nanomaterials for sustainable technology at the UW. As an undergraduate at UCSD, she used porous silicon nanoparticles…
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Shape Therapeutics Inc. (ShapeTX), the RNA technology company advancing programmable medicine, today announced that Fierce Biotech has named it as one of 2022’s Fierce 15 biotechnology companies, designating it as one of the most promising early-stage biotechnology companies in the industry. ShapeTX is leveraging AI to discover RNA medicines that will be effective, safe, and easy to manufacture. ShapeTX’s platform…
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Seattle Children’s has appointed Dr. Eric Tham as its new senior vice president and chief research operations officer. Tham will focus on research administration, finance, operations and continue broader research leadership, effective immediately. Since 2021, Tham has served as interim senior vice president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “I’m excited to help guide the research division as it continues to…
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Ophthalmologists at the University of Washington School of Medicine will have a major role in the National Institutes of Health’s initiative to more fully realize AI’s promise to improve medical care. The NIH Common Fund today identified the universities and institutes whose work over the next four years will set the foundation for its “Bridge to Artificial Intelligence” (Bridge2AI) program.…
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A transformational commitment by Stuart Sloan and his wife Molly Sloan of $78M to establish the Stuart and Molly Sloan Precision Oncology Institute at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center aims to help researchers fulfill the early promise of a data-driven approach. The largest single gift in Fred Hutch’s 47-year history will go toward the recruitment of an institute director and scientific…
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Ora Biomedical is planting roots in the Puget Sound region with plans to open a drug-discovery laboratory. The company recently announced a $500,000 pre-seed round from Optispan Ventures, which will help fund a temporary space. Ora Biomedical plans to move into a permanent space at the beginning of 2023, reaching complete operations by May 2023. “Optispan Ventures and Ora Biomedical…
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Pharmaceutical giant Roche will acquire Good Therapeutics, reeling in its lead program six years after the Seattle startup was founded to design drugs that operate only where needed in the body. Roche will make an upfront payment of $250 million for the acquisition, focused on a preclinical drug candidate in immuno-oncology. The deal, announced Wednesday morning, comes with the potential…
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A technique that combines nanotechnology with artificial intelligence can diagnose tuberculosis in children in whom the deadly disease might otherwise go undetected, an international team of researchers report. TB is the second most common cause of infectious disease death worldwide. It was only recently pushed out of first place by SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. Each year more than 10…
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