Inventprise CEO Yves Leurquin inside the company’s new vaccine manufacturing facility. (GeekWire Photo / Charlotte Schubert)

Here’s a rundown of the top life sciences and health news across the Pacific Northwest this week.

Bill Gates helps open new vaccine manufacturing facility: Seattle-area biotech company Inventprise built the facility with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “For the Gates Foundation, Inventprise is a super important partner,” said Gates, who attended a ribbon-cutting event and tested positive for COVID-19 the next day.

Former Athira Pharma exec weighs in: Xue Hua, the company’s former head of clinical development and research, published a blog post criticizing the company’s handling of an investigation that led to the resignation of longtime CEO Leen Kawas in October.

Seagen CEO on leave amid domestic violence allegations: Police records detail the night that Seagen CEO Clay Siegall was arrested at his home last month and charged with a fourth degree domestic violence gross misdemeanor. Seagen announced Monday that Siegall is on a leave of absence and the company has initiated its own investigation.

GeekWire Awards winners: The GeekWire Awards were held live and in person for the first time in three years on Thursday. Read more about the winners here, including health data company Truveta, which took home the Health Innovation of the Year award. Other finalists in the category were: A-Alpha Bio, Parse Biosciences, Tasso, and the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design.

The California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides). (Z. Yan Wang Photo)

More life sciences news:

Recognition: Four University of Washington faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences: Elizabeth Buffalo, Joseph Mougous, Jay Shendure and emeritus professor Jim Truman.

Ambassador: Sister Dr. Jenna, a self-described “spiritual mentor,” joined Paris Hilton as an ambassador for Seattl-area microbiome …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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