Our Culture

Our Culture & Values

At the Allen Institute, we have a unique culture that blends the best of academia, scientific research and technology. Our scientific reach is global and so is our workforce. We are a talented and diverse group of individuals with multiple perspectives – we accomplish great things because we work, learn and succeed together. At the Allen Institute you will find mathematicians, physicists, engineers, neuroscientists, geneticists and informatics experts working side-by-side towards a common goal.

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Our Culture

  • Team Science:  We believe teams are stronger than the individual.

  • Big Science:  We explore complex problems in biology at scale.

  • Open Science:  We are radically open, sharing what we do to build trust and credibility.

  • Impact:  We accelerate foundational research that will lead to an understanding of human health and disease.

Our Values:

  • Excellence:  We strive to be exceptional in all we do while never remaining satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments.

  • Integrity:  We do the right thing with honesty, humility and principle.

  • Respect and Inclusion:  We are committed to a fair and diverse environment where different perspectives are encouraged.

  • Stewardship:  We carefully and responsibly manage our resources for maximum impact.

Our Building

We are a high-throughput facility, home to custom-designed robotic systems, automated technologies, premier bench laboratory space and all the high-powered computing hardware and software necessary for processing petabytes of data.

Our headquarters, a 270,000-square-foot life sciences building, is at the northwest corner of Mercer St. and Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. The building is purpose-built for life science research and facilitates our trademark team science approach amid abundant natural light and with stunning views of Seattle.

The building design incorporates the historic elements of the Ford and Pacific McKay buildings, including the terra cotta facades that were located on the site previously and have been disassembled, restored and reinstalled.

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