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Jay Shendure, MD, PhD, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, professor of Genome Sciences in the UW School of Medicine, director of the Allen Discovery Center for Cell Lineage Tracing and scientific director of the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, was awarded the UW Medicine Inventor of the Year 2022 award.

Shendure’s research group pioneered exome sequencing and its earliest applications to gene discovery for Mendelian disorders and autism; cell-free DNA diagnostics for cancer and reproductive medicine; massively parallel reporter assays, saturation genome editing; whole organism lineage tracing, and massively parallel molecular profiling of single cells. He has launched multiple successful startups, industry collaborations and innovative research tools that have been licensed to established companies.

Each year, the award’s selection committee solicits nominations from department chairs and administrators and evaluates candidates based on the number of lives saved or improved, the biomedical impact of the invention, contribution to the bioscience sector and impact to research investments, innovation and partnerships in our community.