Seattle Biomedical Research Institute 


Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle BioMed) is the largest independent, non-profit organization in the U.S. focused solely on infectious disease research. Our research is the foundation for new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics that benefit those who need our help most: the 14 million who will otherwise die each year from infectious diseases, including malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.            

Fast Facts About Seattle BioMed:        
  • Non-profit founded in 1976         
  • Headquartered in Seattle, the Institute maintains numerous collaborations worldwide          
  • Approaching 300 employees who come from more than 20 countries
  • 14 principal investigators
  • More than 100 active research projects
Seattle BioMed’s leadership in scientific discovery has helped Seattle become an international hub of efforts to improve global health. Through collaborations with scientists, research organizations and educators, we strive to make discoveries that will save lives sooner.

Imagine a world free from the threat of infectious disease. At Seattle BioMed, we do.
Mission Statement
Every day, we strive to eliminate the most deadly infectious diseases in the world.
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Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
307 Westlake Ave N Ste 500 
(206) 256-7200 

Alan Aderem, Ph.D. 
President & Director 


Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Programs

Laboratory Research:                     
We believe that targeted research is the first step toward conquering any disease. Our scientist conduct fundamental research to understand how diseases work on the human body and how disease processes can be prevented or stopped permanently. All of our efforts are focused on one end result: freedom from infectious disease. Research discoveries made at Seattle BioMed are the foundation for new drugs, diagnostics and vaccines to help create a world of healthy people, thriving communities and stable nations.           

Education & Training:            
Education and training is an integral part of Seattle BioMed’s mission. Some of our training opportunities include:             
  • Through hands-on learning experiences, our BioQuest science education program propels high school students into the real world of science.     
  • The Global Health Internship Program provides an opportunity for highly qualified undergraduate interns to work side-by-side with our researchers.             
  • Select graduate students have the opportunity to perform their thesis work at Seattle BioMed, and further training in our Postdoctoral Program is available for scientists who've recently received their doctoral degrees.              
Outreach to the Puget Sound Community:             
Through learning events such as our Lab to Life tours and Harambee Women's Events, Seattle BioMed offers opportunities to interact with our scientists and learn about the roles we can play to improve global health.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Proven Results:
Seattle BioMed knows that science can change the course of history.

The discovery of a broadly neutralizing antibody in 2013 provides a tremendous breakthrough in HIV/AIDS research. A recent $9.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health allows Seattle BioMed researchers to conduct pre-clinical vaccine trials.

The Institute will conduct a second round of vaccine trials for a malaria vaccine in 2014. A genetically attenuated parasite (GAP) provides hope for further vaccine trials.

How You Can Help:  
The Breakthrough Fund gives you the power to invest in a healthier world. When your gift is combined with the support of hundreds of other inspired donors, it can change the course of global health forever. As Seattle BioMed’s sole source of unrestricted support, the Breakthrough Fund allows us to act immediately on the promising new ideas that lead to breakthroughs in the quest to eliminate infectious disease. Whether your gift funds a pioneering investigation of HIV and TB co-infections or hands-on training for the next generation of scientists, you can be sure you’re creating the hope of a healthier future for people around the world.


Through its BioQuest program, Seattle BioMed works with students and teachers from across the Northwest to inspire a new and diverse generation of students to pursue college and careers in biomedical research and global health. BioQuest is host to the only dedicated industry-based lab in the Puget Sound region where a full high-school class (32 students) can work together in an authentic, hands-on research environment. BioQuest offers students a rich and progressively sophisticated continuum of learning experiences, from introductory lab experiences and job shadows to the intensive BioQuest Academy training program, to internships at Seattle BioMed.

Use of Best Practices
Seattle BioMed leads the Washington Global Health Alliance Ambassador program, which has developed a standards-based interdisciplinary strategy to prepare students for college and global biomedical careers. This approach is being piloted at four local high schools (including Seattle’s Cleveland HS and Highline’s HS3 school) and will be disseminated to more than 70 schools in partnership with the Washington Math, Science and Engineering (MESA) program.

BioQuest works with a wide range of community partners to support its outreach to underserved students, e.g., Rainier Scholars, the YMCA Black Achievers Program, and the College Success Foundation. The organization also partners with the University of Washington to ensure that BioQuest alumni are connected to the financial and mentoring support they need to succeed in college.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
BioQuest programs are offered at no cost to the teachers and students and BioQuest reimburses the school districts for any expenses related to their participation in the program such as buses and substitute teachers.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/10/2008 $10,000.00support general operating expenses and the purchase of equipment for the BioQuest program.
12/14/2006 $20,000.00support general operating expenses and the purchase of audio equipment for the BioQuest program.


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