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Curious what it’s like to live and work within Washington’s life science community? Hear firsthand from local life science innovators who found their best life in Washington.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Washington


When Kesha Rodgers received the chance to move to Washington and join Seagen as their Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, she jumped at the opportunity and moved her family from the Bay Area to the Greater Seattle area. Hear firsthand how Kesha found a sense of belonging in the Pacific Northwest during her tenure at Seagen, and why she believes the local community values diversity.

Innovation Beyond the Puget Sound

From Vancouver (southern Washington), to Spokane (eastern Washington), and many cities in between, Washington’s life science industry is thriving! Get an inside look at the incredible innovation happening outside the Puget Sound and what makes living and working in other parts of Washington so appealing.

Building a Career in a Fast-Growing Industry


After starting her career in the Bay Area, Marie Lauigan saw an opportunity to grow in her career in Washington. She joined the NanoString Technologies team as a technical services manager, and ever since, she has enjoyed being part of a fast-growing industry and making an impact in patients’ lives

Community Engagement: Making an Impact In and Outside the Workplace

Life science innovators are not only on a mission to find solutions through high-tech innovation, but they are also passionate about serving their communities. Whether its serving patients or preserving the beautiful nature throughout the state, hear from two local employees about how they are making a difference both in and outside of the workplace.

Fusing Data and AI


Mark Adams joined Washington’s life science industry to fuse his passion for data sequencing and Artificial Intelligence to develop life-changing innovation with Adaptive Biotechnologies. Hear Mark explain why he has seen this movie before with other top life science clusters and why he thinks it’s time other innovators jump in!

Applying a Love for Technology to Global Health


After growing up as a “NASA kid,” Tileli Amimeur knew she wanted to combine her interest in technology and science to impact global health. She decided to leave Houston and joined the Just Evotec Biologics team in Washington, where the local life science industry uniquely combines cutting edge technology and life science innovation.

Building a Community in Washington


Even though he was hesitant about leaving his community in Philadelphia, Al Terry took the leap and joined Washington’s life science industry. Today, he has no regrets. Al enjoys networking with the local community, Washington’s beautiful landscape, and the opportunity to change the world, while working at Bristol Myers Squibb.

Embracing Washington's Culture of Innovation


When Dr. Sheena Aurora moved to Washington, she was impressed by the numerous resources available to her to advance innovation. Outside of her work around migraine research, she has enjoyed the variety of outdoor activities that Washington offers.

Moving a Family to Washington


After living in Wyoming, Montana, and the Bay Area, Nathan Martin and his family were ready for a change. They decided to move to Washington, where Nathan joined the Bristol Myers Squibb team. Ever since, Nathan has loved exploring the different Seattle neighborhoods and parks with his family, while also connecting with the local scientific community.