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UW Medicine has won the 2018 Good Neighbor of the Year Award from the South Lake Union Chamber. The award recognizes a business that demonstrates an excellent reputation, is a leader in its field and is involved in South Lake Union community programs, activities or services.

UW Medicine has played a major role in changing South Lake Union from an industrial neighborhood to a global hub for biomedical research beginning with the renovation and redevelopment of the Brotman Building in 2003. Today, more than 1,800 scientists and staff contribute to a vibrant neighborhood.

The campus includes one office building and four laboratory buildings, which are home to research in biologic imaging, cancer vaccines, diabetes, heart regeneration and other areas. Last year, these projects generated more than $69 million in research activity. The campus has been recognized for sustainable and eco-friendly design by the American Institute of Architects Washington Council.

In addition to biomedical research, UW Medicine’s newest building has an ophthalmology clinic focused on retinal diseases and will have primary and urgent care clinics opening later this year.

UW Medicine’s community activities include  sponsorship of the annual SLU Block Party and Lake Union 10K. A new program called “Wine Down with Science” started in November with a talk on how DNA evidence is used to solve murders. A partnership with The Collective, an urban basecamp for South Lake Union, brings educational events to the community with researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

UW Medicine was nominated for the Good Neighbor Award by the SLU Chamber and selected as a finalist based on public voting. This year, the other finalists were Amazon and Bartell Drugs.


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