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Solving mysteries of bioscience

The Allen Institute is an independent nonprofit bioscience research institute aimed at unlocking the mysteries of biology.

Openly sharing our massive, high-quality, foundational science resources to accelerate discovery

We have teams of scientists working together to solve the biggest mysteries in bioscience. We conduct expansive research that examines the cellular makeup of the brain, how a healthy immune system fights disease, how our cells are organized, and more. Our scientists collaborate across teams to research fundamental questions about how life and disease work, continuing to push the frontiers of bioscience forward.

The scientific possibilities within our research and discoveries are limitless. We share our data, insights, and tools openly with the world to accelerate progress and catalyze breakthroughs.

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Allen Institute scientist preparing human brain tissue for research.

Research principles

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Big Science

We tackle large-scale, ambitious projects, and collect high-quality data.
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Open Science

Our data and science resources are shared openly to accelerate discovery.
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Team Science

Our multidisciplinary teams bringing diverse perspectives to the scientific challenges we face.

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Founded in 2003

We are fulfilling the lifelong quest of our founders, the late Paul G. Allen, to push the limit of human exploration by unlocking the knowledge inside each of us.

Our History

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Former Allen Institute CEO, Allan Jones, Ph.D., and Paul G. Allen in the laboratory.

Sharing our science with the world to advance health

Our open tools serve as the foundation for transformative research and discovery. Laboratories around the world use our open resources to power breakthroughs on Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer, addiction, and more.

Our impact

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Integrated mitotic stem cell.
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A group of researchers in the lab at Allen Institute.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

We are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages, nurtures, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, collaborators, partners, and communities. By bringing together teams with various relevant experiences and backgrounds and sharing our findings publicly with the scientific community, our work leads to groundbreaking discoveries that will benefit everyone.


Culture and Values

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with providing oversight and stewardship to the Allen Institute.
Board of Directors

Shanahan Foundation Fellowship

The Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience
Shanahan Foundation Fellowship

Next Generation Leaders

Fostering collaboration and innovation from emerging leaders in bioscience.
Next Generation Leaders

Meet Allen Institute advisors

Their input and perspectives shape how we approach our research.

Science Programs at Allen Institute