Our Impact

We’re celebrating 15 years of impact since our launch—and there’s a lot to show for it. Explore our top accomplishments in the timeline, video and our Annual Report below.  

See how our resources are impacting the scientific community and see how the patients with immune-related disorders are inspiring our research.

impact Stories

History and Accomplishments at-a-glance:

15 Years of Impact at the Allen Institute

2018 Annual Report: 15 Years of Impact

The Allen Institute was founded in 2003 to tackle hard problems in brain science. We recently celebrated 15 years since our launch with three divisions, and nearly 500 employees from 34 different scientific disciplines.

Our Impact in Action

Open Science is one of our founding credos: sharing all our data and tools with the world. See how this model has accelerated discovery in the broader scientific community and see how patients with immune-related diseases are inspiring our research in our original series, Cell Shorts, Data Stories, and Out of Balance.

Cell Shorts

Watch how our predictive models of human cells and stem cell lines are accelerating research in the cell biology and biomedical research community. 


Cell Shorts | A new window into heart cells

January 30, 2019

See how Christopher Chen used the Allen Cell Collection to study the development of sarcomeres in heart muscle cells.


Cell Shorts | A common platform for human cell research

March 7, 2018

See how Bruce Conklin is using our gene-edited WTC cells to find therapies for life threatening genetic diseases.


Cell Shorts | Illuminating the kidney

July 26, 2017

See how researcher Beno Freeman and his colleagues at the University of Washington are using the Allen Institute for Cell Science’s publicly available human induced pluripotent stem cells to study kidney disease and regeneration.

Data Stories

Learn how the neuroscience community has used our data to gain insight into autism, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more. 


Data Stories | Addiction & the visual system

May 1, 2019

See how researcher Randy Ellis uses the Allen Brain Observatory dataset as he works to find new ways to treat drug addiction.


Data Stories | A tiny brain structure with an outsized role in neurological disorders

February 8, 2019

Neuroscientist Emily Sylwestrak’s studies of the habenula could one day shed light on the biology of addiction. It all began with a chance observation she made sifting through data from the Allen Institute.


Data Stories | Coding the visual world

October 11, 2018

See how Stanford electrical engineering student Amy Christensen used data from the Allen Brain Observatory to study how visual information is coded by the brain.

Out of Balance

Get a personal look into the lives of people living with immune-related diseases. Their journeys are what inspire researchers at the Allen Institute for Immunology.


Out of Balance | Linda's life with RA

May 16, 2019

In our new series Out of Balance, see how rheumatoid arthritis patient Linda Sloate has persevered through countless surgeries and therapies, and what she hopes scientists at the Allen Institute for Immunology can accomplish.


Out of Balance | Alyssa’s life with Crohn’s disease

May 14, 2019

Medical student Alyssa Clements bounced from doctor to doctor for her mysterious pain before she was finally diagnosed. One doctor even told her she’d never be a physician.


Out of Balance | Tom Bumol’s life after lymphoma

February 26, 2019

What happens when an immunologist gets a life-threatening, immune-related disease? In Bumol’s case, he doubles down on his research.