The City of Bothell is committed to strengthening our partnership with UWB
BBTI and our local life sciences employers. Collaborations among
government, business and higher education have created some of the most
dynamic communities around the nation and we are confident we can build on
that successful model in Bothell.
Mayor, City of Bothell
Beginning with the founding of ATL and Medtronic in the 1950s, and Immunex and Zymogenetics in the early 1980s, Washington State has long been one of the nation's premier locations for the medical device and biotechnology industries. Today, these industries employ more than 20,000 people, most of whom work in the Puget Sound Region, home to the nation's fifth largest concentration of biotechnology firms. More than a quarter of the state's life science employment resides within a stone's throw of the UW Bothell campus, in north King and south Snohomish Counties. Snohomish County in particular has become a leading center in the state for clinical testing, manufacture of ultrasound equipment and heart monitoring devices, and development of novel drug delivery systems. This industry has been designated as a strategic priority in Snohomish County's future economic development. As the region's only four-year university, UW Bothell has a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in developing the knowledge and human capital that will underpin this industry's growth and ensure that it is sustainable.