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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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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WRF Postdoctoral Fellowships

WRF awards up to 12 new fellowships each year to support outstanding, early-career postdoctoral scientists conducting innovative, translational research in Washington state

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$445M earned for UW

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$140M in grants given since 1993

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

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120 companies invested in through WRF Capital

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42 years since formation in 1981

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David J. Galas, Ph.D.

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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