Institute for Systems Biology Opens New Global Headquarters in South Lake

SEATTLE – May 2011 – The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) announced it has recently opened its new global headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, occupying nearly 140,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space in Vulcan Real Estate’s 401 Terry Avenue N. Building. ISB’s new facility is home to 300 staff and collaborators, and will enable the Institute to double the size of its faculty over the next decade.
“Our new facility will enable the accommodation of additional faculty, researchers, and laboratory space, which provides us the opportunity to further increase the depth and breadth of our scientific capabilities,” said Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, co-founder and president of ISB. “ISB has a long-standing tradition of sharing our discoveries in computation, technologies, and related areas of systems biology research with others, so we are excited to move to this region’s life sciences research and technology hub.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Institute for Systems Biology to South Lake Union, where they will contribute greatly to the highly collaborative and innovative life sciences research cluster in the area,” said Ada M. Healey, vice president of real estate at Vulcan Inc. “Their pioneering approach to tackling scientific challenges will catalyze breakthrough solutions that have both a local and global impact.”

New Headquarters Provides ISB with New Growth Opportunities

First opened in 2004, the 401 Terry Avenue N. Building is located along the Seattle Streetcar line on Terry Avenue N. between Republican and Harrison streets. ISB’s South Lake Union headquarters provides new opportunities for growth and expansion in science, technology, computation / mathematics, transformative strategic partnerships, and knowledge transfer to society.
Included among the new ISB facility’s features:
• A 3,000-square-foot data center that stores approximately 1 petabyte of scientific data (1,024 terabytes or 1,048,576 gigabytes), which is more than four times as much as the Library of Congress or the equivalent of 1.7 million CDs
• A 2,000-square-foot mass spectrometry facility, one of the largest in Seattle, that allows ISB researchers to routinely detect and quantify thousands of proteins in a matter of hours
• Significant energy cost-saving measures incorporated into the mechanical system design

Collaboration Enhanced at New ISB Facility in South Lake Union

Researchers at ISB are generating results that can be applied to some of society’s most challenging problems in medicine, global health and the environment. They are creating productive and strategic partnerships with universities, companies and governments around the world, which are essential to attacking these challenges in a trans-disciplinary manner.
“The South Lake Union neighborhood is in close proximity to several of our research partners,” said Hood. “In addition, many of the other institutions in this neighborhood provide exciting new opportunities for collaboration to further ISB’s research agenda — from cloud computing to global health.”
ISB joins an impressive list of world-class life sciences and technology organizations located in South Lake Union, including Amazon.com, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, PATH, Seattle BioMed, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, SightLife, UW Medicine, and VLST, among many others.

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