Director's Blog

The Fifth Revolution

June 27, 2017

The latest Director's Blog entry from Tom Skalak, Ph.D., relates the explosive growth curve of biological systems knowledge to the well-appreciated scale of the internet of things, highlighting the unprecedented value now emerging from understanding living systems. How big will the "Internet of Species" be?

Far from the Crowd

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. 

Seeing the Future

March 23, 2016

Predicting future breakthroughs and making pioneering investments is every strategist’s and CEO’s dream.  So how does Paul Allen recognize the future before it happens?  Perhaps one secret lies in our founder’s breadth of interests--from science and sports to arts and authors.  Keeping an eye on the whole landscape of science develops a sense of where important mysteries are still unsolved.