Washington Research Foundation | WRF Capital

In Memoriam: William H. Gates Sr. (1925-2020)

It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of our co-founder Bill Gates Sr.

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Funding research

Funding research

Supporting research and scholarship at Washington state institutions

WRF Capital

WRF Capital

Partnering with visionary entrepreneurs, researchers and venture capitalists

Launching startups

Launching startups

Early-stage investment, networking and advisory services for technology commercialization

IP management

IP management

Technology transfer for biomedical and engineering innovations


Supporting innovation at every stage

WRF operates at the intersection of academic research, technology development, public and private investment, philanthropy and industry. We have a strong track record of supporting innovation in the life sciences and engineering, from early research to commercial production.

WRF's response to COVID-19

To date, WRF has provided $911,456 in grants to the University of Washington and Washington State University to fund projects addressing COVID-19 and its related health impacts. This includes a $200,000 contribution to the UW Medicine Emergency Response to COVID-19 fund.