Why Greater Seattle is a top place for innovation in health care and life sciences

Seattle-based Swedish Health Services (Swedish) completed its 500th MitraClip procedure nearly one year ago, and the 10-year program is now one of the top five in the U.S.

Swedish’s MitraClip program is one of many innovative life science projects happening in Washington state’s Greater Seattle region. In fact, a recent report from CBRE ranked the city one of the top 10 life science clusters across America.

The continued growth and innovation of Seattle’s life sciences has strengthened the state’s economy. Life Science Washington found that the industry holds an economic impact of over $35 billion and currently employs over 44,000 people.

“Whether it’s academic and research institutions, places like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center or the many dynamic companies continuing to innovate in the life sciences space, this industry has many opportunities to thrive in this region,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wako, president and CEO of Swedish. “The strong ecosystem also includes incubators, accelerators and investors who want to move breakthroughs forward. In Seattle, the life sciences are thriving.”

Photo Credit: Fred Hutchinson 

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