Washington Research Foundation awards more than $2 million in grants to support the development of plans for life-science initiatives in the state

Over the next 12 to 18 months, each team will use its planning grant to develop a proposal for a large-scale initiative—potentially on a similar scale to the Invent at Seattle Children’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program that WRF has supported since its launch in 2022—for submission to WRF and/or other funding agencies. In its RFP for this award, WRF encouraged investigators to consider elements including potential collaborations between institutions, building diverse, equitable and inclusive innovation ecosystems, and exploring commercialization paths for new technologies to address unmet public needs in the region.

WRF awarded a total of $2,190,486 to support comprehensive planning for the following projects:

  • Jennifer Adair, Ph.D., will lead the development of a funding proposal for Bridging the Clinical Gap: Adding Value to the “Discovered Here in Washington” Therapeutic Ecosystem at Fred Hutch
  • Joshua Hill, MD, will lead Immunotherapeutic Approaches to Prevent and Treat Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts: The ImmunoPTImize Network at Fred Hutch
  • Andrew Hsieh, MD, will lead Towards an integrated research ecosystem on bladder cancer heterogeneity in the Pacific Northwest at Fred Hutch
  • Jay Shendure, MD, Ph.D., will lead SeaHub Programmable Cells & Genomes Network (PCGN) at the Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology
  • Jennifer Davis, Ph.D., will lead Platforms of Human Aging and Disease in a Dish (PHADD) Technical Hub at UW
  • Elizabeth Nance, Ph.D., will lead A Pipeline for Novel Engineered Neurotherapeutics in Newborns at UW
  • Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, Ph.D., will lead Washington Initiative for Neuroscience (WIN) at UW
  • Kelly Stevens, Ph.D., will lead Volumetric Imaging and Spatial Tissue Analysis (VISTA) at UW
  • Jayanth Panyam, Ph.D., will lead Institute for Drug Delivery at UW
  • [Kevin Murphy, Ph.D., will lead Optimizing human health and nutrition from Soil to Society at WSU
  • Jon Oatley, Ph.D., will lead WA Consortium on Reproductive Health at WSU
  • Ken Roberts, Ph.D., will lead Planning a Center of Excellence for Translational Neuroscience (CETN) at WSU

Meher Antia, Ph.D., WRF’s director of grant programs, said that the planning grants are intended to give investigators the time and resources to fully map out ideas for ambitious and achievable high-impact projects that could significantly improve lives in Washington state and beyond.

“We were delighted to see the interest that was generated by our call for creative, collaborative ideas that would spur innovation in Washington,” Antia said. “The planning grants are just the beginning of a process that we hope will result in long-term impact in a broad variety of life science areas.”

About Washington Research Foundation:

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) supports research and scholarship in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.

WRF was founded in 1981 to assist universities and other nonprofit research institutions in Washington with the commercialization and licensing of their technologies. WRF is one of the foremost technology transfer and grant-making organizations in the nation, having earned more than $445 million in licensing revenue for the University of Washington and providing over $152 million in grants to the state’s research institutions to date.

WRF Capital, the investment vehicle for Washington Research Foundation, has backed 131 local startups since 1996. Returns support the Foundation’s investment and grantmaking programs.

For additional information, please visit wrfseattle.org.

Media Contact

Dale Wadman, Washington Research Foundation, (206) 336-5600, [email protected], https://www.wrfseattle.org/

SOURCE Washington Research Foundation

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