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The Allen Institute is dedicated to answering some of the biggest questions in bioscience and accelerating research worldwide. The Institute is a recognized leader in large-scale research with a commitment to an open science model within its research institutes, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the Allen Institute for Cell Science. In 2016, the Allen Institute expanded its reach toward the broader landscape of bioscience with the launch of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which identifies pioneers with new ideas to expand the boundaries of knowledge and make the world better.

15 years of impact

Founded by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen in 2003, the Allen Institute saw its beginnings with a small group of scientists and engineers working to tackle a singular hard problem in neuroscience. Today, the nonprofit life science research institute is making new insights about the building blocks of life, supporting pioneering science around the world, and accelerating our understanding of what makes us human, from our brains to our cells. 

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Machine Learning Technique to Predict Human Cells' Organization Published in Nature Methods

September 17, 2018

Artificial intelligence approach could be used in cancer biology, regenerative medicine


A summer camp for computational neuroscience

September 6, 2018

The Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain is a two-week crash course in programming, data analysis and neuroscience.


Scientists identify a new kind of human brain cell

August 27, 2018

‘Rosehip’ neurons not found in rodents, may be involved in fine-level control between regions of the human brain


Neuroscience data joins the cloud

August 9, 2018

Collaboration with Amazon Web Services brings 40 TB brain science dataset to the cloud

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OpenScope: The First Shared Observatory for Neuroscience

July 26, 2018

Standardized platform open to researchers around the world aims to replicate the successes of large astronomy observatories


New fluorescently tagged cell lines available, including first ‘silent’ tagged line

June 19, 2018

The Allen Cell Collection now contains five new fluorescently tagged stem cell lines, including the first cells in the collection with a tag specific to heart muscle cells, or cardiomyocytes.