exploring frontiers of bioscience

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group explores the landscape of science to identify and invest in pioneers with ideas that will create new knowledge and make the world better. Through continuous dialogue with scientists and visionaries around the world, the Frontiers Group will uncover novel ideas in bioscience with the potential to transform fields.  The Frontiers Group will help to create new ways of doing science, new ways of solving problems, and foster a creative community that imagines and creates the future.

Landscape perspective

We engage with scientists and visionaries around the world to uncover and make visible emerging frontiers and new directions in science. We convene creative partners in novel ways to imagine possible futures.

Funding new ideas

We invest in investigators and centers for frontier explorations that lead to new fundamental insights and produce important solutions with big impact.

Creative synthesis

We link ideas across the landscape of quantitative fields now addressing bioscience research and seek out creative approaches that span disciplines.

Allen Distinguished Investigators

Jennifer Doudna | Pioneer

October 19, 2016

Allen Distinguished Investigator Jennifer Doudna is pioneering the exploration of RNA targeting to manipulate the genome by examining the diverse ways that living microbial hosts guard against viral infection.  


Introducing The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group

March 23, 2016

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen announced an initial commitment of $100 million to create The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, whose purpose will be to explore the landscape of bioscience and fund ideas at the frontier of knowledge to advance science and make the world better.

Director's Blog

Far from the Crowd

Tom Skalak

October 3, 2016

October’s new Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was awarded to a deserving pioneer, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, for his work to describe the process of autophagy – the removal of cellular debris, which is essential as human beings and other living organisms replenish our tissues throughout our lives. Dr. Ohsumi’s original research is an inspiring example illustrating why support of true pioneers, people with the intellectual courage and creativity to head in new directions, is essential to scientific progress.