Allen Institute for Cell Science

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Allen Institute for Cell Science
FounderPaul Allen
Key people
Executive Director Alan "Rick" Horwitz

The Allen Institute for Cell Science is a research institute established by Paul Allen in Seattle, Washington on 8 December 2014.[1] The Institute is modelled in large part on the Allen Institute for Brain Science and received the same initial financial commitment from Allen—US$100,000,000 over five years.[1][2] The two Institutes also share the same building.[2]

The focus of the Institute will be "How does information encoded in our genes become living cells, and what goes wrong when a disease affects those cells?"[3] All data generated and research tools developed by the Institute will be made publicly available online.[3]

The inaugural executive director for the Institute is Rick Horwitz, formerly of the University of Virginia.[1]

Among those serving on the Institute's science advisory board is Joan Brugge, chairwoman of the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Callaway, Ewen (11 December 2014). "Microsoft billionaire takes on cell biology". Nature. 516 (7530): 157. doi:10.1038/516157a. PMID 25503215.
  2. ^ a b c Doughton, Sandi (8 December 2014). "Allen gives $100 million for new Seattle institute to unravel cells". The Seattle Times.
  3. ^ a b Zak, Annie (8 December 2014). "Paul Allen donates $100 million to create cell science institute in Seattle". Puget Sound Business Journal.

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