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Dear :

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It’s hard to believe that it was only about a year ago when I announced our goal of doubling the number of startup companies spinning out of the University of Washington over the next three years, from an average of eight to ten in the past five years to 16 to 20. Thanks to collaboration with the business and technology community and the hard work of our Center for Commercialization (C4C) staff, we are on track to meet that goal ahead of schedule.

In just a six-month period, eight new startups made their debut

It was also just over a year ago when we unveiled the New Ventures Facility at Fluke Hall, an incubator space on campus. Today, the facility is near capacity with a range of early-stage companies.

You have all contributed to this progress. For instance, the veteran industry professionals in C4C’s Entrepreneurs in Residence program are strengthening the bridge between the University and business community by providing real-world insights and expertise. As a result, we have accelerated the development of exciting new companies.

Dedicated faculty—like the Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows—and staff are also contributing to our commercialization efforts. And innovation is not only happening at the faculty level; students are involved, too. Through the W Fund and the Foster School of Business’ Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 25 students are invited each year to work side-by-side with experienced business leaders and investment professionals while serving as Student Venture Associates.

With your ongoing partnership, I am confident that we will continue to make progress and—more importantly—discover new ways to improve people’s day-to-day lives, here in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  


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Michael K. Young

Profiles in Partnership

Vikram JandhyalaNew institute fosters collaborative computing research
Data-driven discovery and large-scale computing—these are the focus areas for the newly created Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, a joint venture between the UW and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). “In the short term, we aim to promote collaboration among university and government scientists who are working with big data,” said co-director Vikram Jandhyala, UW professor and chair of electrical engineering. “In the longer term, we hope this becomes a Northwest hub for advanced computing research.” Read more

Discoveries & Opportunities

Organic crystalThe future of hardware
A team led by the UW and the Southeast University in China discovered a molecule that shows promise as an organic alternative to today’s silicon-based semiconductors. The findings, published in the journal Science, display properties that make it well suited to a wide range of applications in memory, sensing and low-cost energy storage. Read more

Top Dawgs

Daniela WittenWho: Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health.

Why she's one to watch:
Witten’s work developing statistical tools that can analyze large sets of data sets her apart from the crowd, so much so that she earned distinction on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2012 in the field of science and healthcare—the second time she’s been named to Forbes’ list of rising stars.

The potential uses of Witten’s research are widespread—from personalizing cancer therapy and understanding genomes to recommending products to shoppers and predicting election results. Read more

Spring 2013

Table of Contents

Profiles in Partnership
Discoveries & Opportunities
Top Dawgs
Noteworthy Events
By the Numbers
Key Contacts
Key Links

Noteworthy Events

March 28
The Role of Therapeutics Development in Academia
Part of the UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows lecture series.

April 11
iAffiliates Day
An unconference that connects iSchool faculty, students and research staff with community partners.

April 26 – 27
Engineering Discovery Days
Students and faculty   share their work.

May 10
Financial Reporting Conference
Covering current issues in financial accounting and corporate reporting.

May 31
Diamond Awards
Honoring alumni and friends who have contributed to the field of engineering.

By the Numbers

#1: Ranking among large universities for the number of alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Western Washington University and Gonzaga University were also named number one in their categories, making this the first time a single state swept all three top awards.

Top 25: Ranking among states with the highest economic impact from academic medicine.

More than 75%: Current UW undergraduates from Washington state.

Key Contacts

Randy Hodgins
Vice President for External Affairs, 206.543.7604, rhodgins@uw.edu

Joanna Glickler
Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations, 206.685.5329, glickler@uw.edu

Linden Rhoads
Vice Provost, Center for Commercialization, 206.543.0905, lrhoads@uw.edu

Are there other contact names you need?
Contact me at uwpres@uw.edu

Key Links