Accelerating Innovation

We invest in people and partnerships to move ideas forward by supporting scientists and researchers who advance life-changing innovations, and we work closely with the institutions that underpin this work.

Our goal is the advancement of the most innovative academic research in Washington state, with a focus on life sciences and enabling technologies.

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Grants

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WRF provides grants to support research in life sciences and enabling technologies at nonprofit institutions in Washington state. Apply here.

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Technology commercialization grant details & pre-proposal >

Startups

We invest in startups based in Washington

As a leading early-stage investor, WRF Capital works with entrepreneurs, research institutions, other investors and industry partners to transform great ideas into successful Washington-based businesses.

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$445M earned for UW

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$150M in grants given since 1993

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1B+ healthier lives, thanks to Dr. Benjamin Hall

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122 companies invested in through WRF Capital

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43 years since formation in 1981

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David J. Galas, Ph.D.
(1944-2023)

We are saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague David Galas. Our sympathies and best wishes go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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