Washington Research Foundation
Washington Research Foundation supports groundbreaking technology in the life sciences, information technology and physical sciences fields. By advancing brilliant research and early-stage entrepreneurs, we help to grow Washington’s technology economy.
We support a cycle of prosperity. When Washington Research Foundation opened its doors in 1981, our founders Tom Cable, Hunter Simpson and Bill Gates, Sr. had an ambitious vision. They wanted to capture and enhance the value of intellectual property arising from the state’s research institutions in order to support additional research and scholarship. As an independent, nonprofit foundation, WRF has the autonomy to invest in big ideas over the long term.
WRF is recognized as one of the foremost technology transfer organizations in the nation. WRF Capital is one of the leading venture capitalists in the Northwest. Our financial returns are invested back into research and initiatives that support new company spinouts. We help to create a vibrant research and enterprise community.