Q: Are you associated with Life Science Washington?

A: The Life Science Washington Institute (LSWI) was launched from Life Science Washington as a separate but associated nonprofit organization in 2017. We received our 501(c)(3) designation in Feb 2018. The Institute was launched by Dr. Patricia Beckmann who previously served as the Vice President of Commercialization at Life Science Washington. Dr. Frank Velazquez become the President and Executive Director of LSWI in July 2018. The Institute now houses the commercialization and entrepreneurial education and support services originally launched at Life Science Washington. Many of the Institute programs were initiated using funding from the Life Sciences Discover Fund. The Institute was established as a means of sustaining these programs in support of the life sciences ecosystem.

Q: Are you a membership-based organization? Is membership in Life Science Washington a requirement for any programs within the Life Science Washington Institute?

A: We are not a membership-based organization. Although some of our programs, events and resources have associated fees, we do not charge a yearly membership fee.

Q: Do you take equity from the companies you assist?

A: No, unlike many incubators and organization with similar programs, we do not take an equity share on any of the companies we assist.

Q: How do I get involved?

A: We are always looking for experienced individuals to volunteers to serve as either WIN mentors or on our WINGS screening committee.  If you are a student or post-doc we would be happy to have you help at events. Please email info@lswinstitute.org or the “contact us” tab on the website.

Q: Do you accept donations?

A: As a 501(c)(3) we do accept donations. Please click the “donate” links on the header or footer of each page. Our EIN is: 82-2829364 .

Q: I’m interested in sponsoring/supporting the Institute or a specific event. Whom should I contact?

A: We would love to have your support! Please email Dr. Ingrid Ruf (ingrid@lswinstitute.org).

The Startup Playbook

The Startup Playbook includes comprehensive resources for entrepreneurs & startup companies working in Medical Devices, BioPharma, and Digital Health!

  • Flowcharts
  • Curated Advice
  • Templates


The Marketplace

The Marketplace is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for commercialization resources in Washington state as well as a virtual front door for organizations from outside our region (e.g., investors) to access innovation. The platform will curate and organize the broad spectrum of assets and services, available to entrepreneurs, and make it easy for innovators to make connections to commercialize technology. More simply put, it’s an “Angie’s List” for services in our region like lab space, lawyers, accountants and more.

  • Labspace
  • Law Firms
  • Equipment
  • Funding
  • Consultants
  • And more…