Over the last two years, CoMotion at the University of Washington has partnered with Bellwether Bio, a startup focused on improving the accuracy of cell-free DNA diagnostics for cancer and other conditions. These efforts included funding for development of tools to support the innovation, execution of confidentiality agreements to protect the underlying UW-owned intellectual property, and the negotiation of an exclusive licensing agreement.
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Two of UW CoMotion’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Amanda Twiss and Ken Myer, spoke at one of the Husky Leadership Initiative's Fireside Chat series early in February. The event provided a venue for students to have a conversation with a diverse range of civic, corporate, and campus leaders. They tackled personal journeys and experiences that touched on leadership successes, failures, and challenges.
Ken Denman made the stakes plain right from the start. “Innovation never sleeps,” he said. “Nobody is safe.” Denman is a venture partner with Sway Ventures. He was speaking to more than two hundred people in Kane Hall as part of a panel for the fifth in a series of CoMotion Innovation Chats. Joining him were Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University of Washington, and Jim Hargrove, a former state senator from Hoquiam, on the Olympic Peninsula. Their topic: “Exploring Inclusive Solutions to Disruption.”
CoMotion, the University of Washington’s collaborative innovation hub, is pleased to announce the expansion of CoMotion Labs to Spokane. This expansion of CoMotion services will connect the region’s vibrant startup community more fully with western Washington’s. Called CoMotion Labs @ Spokane, its mission is to contribute to the growth of the innovation community in eastern Washington by bringing UW resources, assets, tools and networks to the region.
Tyler Folsom, a professor of computing and software systems and recipient of the Amazon Catalyst fellowship takes his autonomous tricycle prototype for a test drive. With the help of two UW students, Abdullahi Abdinur and Joseph Donn, they programmed a path at the UW soccer field and drove Elcana, named after the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe, for the first time.
Today marks an important milestone for UW Tacoma spinoff, KenSci, a healthcare data and machine learning platform. The company announced today that it has raised $8.5M in a Series A funding led by Ignition Partners with participation from Osage University Partners and Mindset Ventures. The funding will accelerate innovation for KenSci’s machine learning platform and expand operations to support the company’s rapidly growing customer base.
Susana Machado, a humanities student at UW, talks about what she gathered from collaborating with fellow UW students from diverse backgrounds and other fields of study during her weekend at the Ideathon.
Over the last three years, CoMotion at the University of Washington has partnered with Phase Genomics to provide dramatically improved genome and metagenome assemblies.
Sally Clark stood in front of the CoMotion MakerSpace in Fluke Hall and asked her audience for a show of hands. “How many of you know of the Rainier Vista?” Many hands shot up. “Drumheller Fountain?” More hands. “How many of you have been to the Quad? Red Square?” Almost all the hands now. “Okay,” Clark said. “Now, how many of you know about West Campus?” The hands started to wilt. Click here to watch video of the Ideathon.
On January 31, CoMotion will host the fifth in our series of CoMotion Innovation Chats where we bring together academia, industry, and community leaders to spur a dialogue on important issues and technology of the day. The recent election was a tangible reminder of the invisible walls separating our communities and the need to build greater communication and understanding.