Allen Institute 2018 year in review

December 21, 2018

undefined2018 was a year of change for the Allen Institute. This fall, the nonprofit research organization celebrated its 15th anniversary, welcomed a new division to the Institute — and bid farewell to its visionary founder Paul G. Allen.

Read on for highlights from the Institute, and see our other year-end articles for more 2018 milestones from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group.

Tributes to Allen Institute founder

In October, Allen Institute founder Paul G. Allen passed away from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 65 years old. In the weeks and months that followed, Allen Institute researchers and staff gathered to share their tributes to Allen, his vision that first launched the Allen Institute in 2003 and his generosity that expanded the Institute’s work beyond brain science to cell science, immunology and beyond. Allen Institute leaders wrote obituaries of Allen in the journals Nature and Science, and researchers from the Frontiers Group shared their tributes of Allen’s lasting legacy in science in this video:

A new Institute launched

Before he died, Allen committed $125 million to launch a new division of the Allen Institute, the Allen Institute for Immunology. In December, the new research endeavor was announced in Seattle. Initially, the Allen Institute for Immunology will study the healthy human immune system and its natural variation, as well as five immune-related diseases: the cancers multiple myeloma and melanoma, and the autoimmune diseases rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Read more about the new Institute in our press release, and meet the Allen Institute for Immunology’s research partners in this video:

Celebrating 15 years of impact

In September, the Allen Institute turned 15. When the Institute launched in 2003 as the Allen Institute for Brain Science, it housed four employees working on a single project. Today, the Institute comprises four divisions with nearly 500 dedicated employees. To mark the occasion, we asked some Allen Institute “long-timers” to share stories of the early days in a feature story. We collected 15 surprising facts about the Allen Institute. We put together a new interactive timeline. And we celebrated 15 years of impact in this video story:

A new brand

Earlier this month, the Allen Institute rolled out a new logo and tagline — Allen Institute: open for science. In the coming year, look out for more of our brand story on the Allen Institute website.

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