Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 


At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. We have pioneered breakthroughs in nearly every field of cancer research, saving thousands of lives worldwide. Our Nobel Prize-winning development of bone marrow transplantation has transformed survival rates for many types of leukemia from nearly zero to 90 percent, and it led to our world-leading work in immunotherapy, which harnesses the human immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Our scientists are also working on novel innovations in gene therapy to cure genetic diseases and developing blood tests to detect cancer early.

Mission Statement
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's mission is to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.
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D. Gary Gilliland, M.D., Ph. D. 
President and Director 


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Programs

Fred Hutch gives scientists the freedom to explore and encourages the collaborative innovation that leads to major breakthroughs. We have scientists working across disciplines to make the discoveries that will ultimately improve patient care and save lives.

Basic Sciences
Basic Sciences researchers produce the stunning insights that give rise to new waves of valuable technologies, including life-changing clinical tools and medicines. These researchers explore the most fundamental aspects of life, such as how cells grow and divide and how a molecule’s shape governs its role in a living organism. Through their painstaking studies, they unravel the essential mysteries of biology.

Human Biology
Human Biology researchers come together to form a multidisciplinary team that blends fundamental, applied, and translational research to better  understand disease and, ultimately, improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Clinical Research
Our Clinical Research teams continually develop and analyze new treatments for cancer and other human diseases and lead clinical trials to move the best new approaches from the laboratory to the patient.

Vaccine and Infectious Diseases
These researchers integrate clinical care, computational methods and basic science to reduce the global burden of infectious diseases.

Public Health Sciences
Using large populations as their "laboratory," our public health researchers lead projects around the world to look for links between cancer and its possible triggers, from diet and lifestyle to environmental and genetic factors. Identifying such cancer causes can lead to better cancer detection methods and new ways to help people adopt healthier lifestyles to minimize or avoid their risk of getting the disease in the first place.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

  • Our Nobel Prize-winning development of bone marrow transplantation has boosted survival rates from nearly zero to 90 percent for certain types of leukemia and resulted in more than one million bone marrow transplants performed around the globe.
  • Because of our work in bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantation, we were among the first to recognize the cancer-fighting power of the immune system and now lead the fast-growing field of cancer immunotherapy.
  • The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the clinical coordinating center of which is headquartered at Fred Hutch, helped reduce breast cancer by approximately 20,000 cases per year in the U.S. This 12-year clinical trial of more than 161,000 women revealed a link between combination hormone replacement therapy and the risk of invasive breast cancer and other health problems.
  • Fred Hutch laid the groundwork for two of the HPV vaccines approved by the FDA, helping eradicate the cause of 70 percent of all cervical cancers.
  • We pioneered a molecule known as “tumor paint” that lights up cancer cells so surgeons can easily target them while operating. We are using this technology, which leverages the power of nature, to create “optides,” a completely new class of less toxic drugs for treating cancer and many other diseases.
  • Fred Hutch scientists have also discovered a link between a sedentary lifestyle and breast cancer risk.
  • Our researchers are spearheading a technique that makes umbilical cord blood a viable alternative to bone marrow, which promises to extend the lifesaving power of a transplantation to any patient who needs it, even if they can’t find a genetically matched donor.
Support from people like you enables Fred Hutch researchers to tackle big questions faster. With government spending on biomedical research flattening, private donors have an unprecedented opportunity to directly fuel breakthroughs that save lives.


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) advances the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Proven Success
Since its inception in 1975, Fred Hutch has been world renowned for its accomplishments in prevention, early detection and life saving treatments of cancer and related serious diseases. Dr. E. Donnall Thomas’ revolutionary and Nobel Prize winning development of bone marrow transplantation raised survivorship from barely 10% to over 90%.

Fred Hutch is committed to discovering treatment methods for blood cancers including more tolerable therapies as well as ways to eliminate deadly post-transplant conditions. Fred Hutch discoveries have led to a number of prevention and early detection approaches that continue to save lives.

The Public Health Sciences Division played a leading role in the 15-year Women’s Health Initiative study, which discovered that combination hormone-replacement therapy can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Fred Hutch’s many investigations and collaborations in cancer and HIV/AIDS research have had a significant global impact. In 2009 Fred Hutch received a $500,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development and a subsequent grant in 2010 for $900,000 to aid in the construction of this first American-sponsored cancer clinic and medical-training facility in Africa. 

Fred Hutch trains clinicians from around the world in the bone marrow transplant technology in order to equip as many major hospitals as possible to serve patients.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutch, University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children’s. It is an independent organization located on the Fred Hutch campus that combines over 300 faculty specializing in clinical and public health sciences with the collective aim of accelerating research progress and developing premier programs that encompass many types of cancers.

Fred Hutch attracts world class researchers needed to accomplish its mission. Their faculty includes three Nobel laureates.

Fred Hutch completed construction of the 5-story 1100 Eastlake Building in 2012 and has expanded their campus.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

11/28/2015 $20,000.00to support the purchase of a Chemometec Nucleocounter NC-3000 Advanced Automated Cell Analyzer and Image Cytometer Package.
12/10/2014 $29,000.00support the purchase of a ThermoScientific Easy-Spray Source Kit and Proteme Discoverer Software v1.4 to enhance the capabilities and productivity of the Protemics Facility.
12/11/2011 $18,879.00purchase a QuantaMaster 40 Spectrofluorometer suite.
12/11/2010 $30,000.00purchase a Roche xCelligence Real-Time Cell Analyzer System DP.
12/11/2009 $24,706.00support the purchase of a WAVE Bioreactor system.
12/11/2008 $25,000.00purchase a Nikon Eclipse Ti Fluorescence Microscopy Suite.
12/11/2007 $20,000.00purchase a Miltenyi AutoMACS Pro cell sorter.


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