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Life Sciences Fund grants awards to launch health research
Date:4/18/2008

Seattle - (April 17, 2008) - The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) has today awarded $22 million in grant funding to 5 Washington State-based life sciences organizations and their partners. The newly-funded health research initiatives focus on the areas of medical genetics, autoimmunity, cancer clinical trials, proteomics-based diagnostics and early learning and brain development (See Backgrounder Information).

The grant awardees are: Gail Jarvik, University of Washington; Gerald Nepom, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason; Martin Cheever, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Richard Smith, Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Patricia Kuhl, University of Washington.

The grantees were selected by the LSDF Board of Trustees from among 75 submitted proposals that had been evaluated by national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Funding for these grant programs comes from Washington's allocation of bonus payments under the Master Tobacco Settlement, revenues arising from multi-state litigation with tobacco product manufacturers. This group of awardees is the first to be funded through this mechanism.

"This has been a highly-competitive process. The proposals were weighed on their scientific merits and their abilities to utilize this funding to provide statewide economic returns, to build a competitive life sciences industry and to advance the health of, and health care for, our citizens. These newly-awarded grants will leverage substantial additional investment in Washington State by a variety of other funders such as federal agencies and philanthropic organizations," said LSDF Executive Director Lee Huntsman.

The new scientific endeavors, enabled by the LSDF grants, are assets to our state, according to LSDF Board Chair Lura Powell. "The Board is very impressed by the high quality of both the teams and the exciting research represented by these
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Contact: Dianne Needham
needham@lsdfa.org
206-732-6776
Life Sciences Discovery Fund
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