About Fred Hutch

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center unites innovative research and compassionate care to prevent and eliminate cancer and infectious disease. We’re driven by the urgency of our patients, the hope of our community and our passion for discovery to pursue scientific breakthroughs and healthier lives for every person in every community. 

Our values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity, and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member, and supporter. Our actions are driven by the commitments expressed in our values: Collaboration, Compassion, Determination, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, and Respect. 

In addition to bringing Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutch together as a single organization, we’ve strengthened our relationship with UW Medicine. While Fred Hutch is an independent, nonprofit organization, it will now also serve as the cancer program for UW Medicine. This unique relationship allows for enhanced care coordination with one of the world's leading integrated health systems.

Our New Brand

We launched our new brand in October 2022 to send a clear signal to our employees, providers, donors, partners and patients that something fundamental has changed. The brand includes a new logo and new colors. The logo design was thoughtfully developed with elements that pay subtle homage to our legacy organizations. Additionally, the arrow ‘breaking away’ from the base shape symbolizes that, by coming together, we are accelerating our impact, and helping people break free from devastating diseases. The color palette is a reflection of the confluence of Fred Hutch, SCCA, and UW Medicine.

In the coming months you’ll see this new brand come to life on our campus and in our clinics through updated signs and content – and we launch campaigns that engage audiences in our mission. 

Pioneers in Transplantation and Immunotherapy

Our Nobel Prize–winning work on bone marrow transplantation provided the first example of the power of the human immune system to cure cancer. Today, we continue to lead this revolutionary field, known as immunotherapy.

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Fred and Bill Hutchinson

When the doors of his cancer research center opened in 1975, Seattle surgeon Bill Hutchinson named it for his brother, baseball legend Fred Hutchinson. A major-league pitcher, Fred had died of cancer in 1964 at age 45.

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Nobel Laureates

Three Nobel laureates have made their prize-winning discoveries under the auspices of Fred Hutch. We’re honored to count among our ranks Drs. Linda Buck, Lee Hartwell and E. Donnall Thomas. (Thomas died in 2012 at the age of 92.)

Our Global Reach

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Seattle Campus

Our scientists work in some of the world’s finest research facilities, which were designed to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration. Located in the heart of Seattle’s tech hub in the South Lake Union neighborhood, our beautiful waterfront campus welcomes all visitors.

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Cape Town Lab

Our Cape Town lab is one of the most advanced research facilities in South Africa. Opened in 2013, the 10,000-square-foot space is helping to accelerate HIV-vaccine development efforts via the Fred Hutch–led HIV Vaccine Trials Network. With Table Mountain as their backdrop, researchers analyze blood samples from clinical trial participants and study how their immune systems interact with both vaccine and virus. The lab also trains South African scientists in techniques to diagnose HIV and AIDS. Initially staffed with fewer than a dozen people, the lab is growing as clinical trials expand to involve some 12,000 participants.

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UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre

In partnership with the Uganda Cancer Institute, we’ve built the UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre in Kampala: a world-class facility for research, training and patient care. Together, we created a state-of-the-art center where we research the biology of infection-related cancers with the goal of improving prevention and treatment. This is also where the country’s next generation of oncologists will train. The UCI/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance unites our expertise in leading large studies of cancer and infectious diseases with the UCI's long history of achievement, including the first description of infection-related cancer and the first use of combination chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

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Fred Hutch has been collaborating with Chinese medical researchers for decades. The country’s large population, located in highly developed urban centers as well as lower-resource rural areas, together with its growing investment in biomedical research provide unique opportunities to gain insight into a variety of health issues that affect millions in China and around the world. Global Oncology China is an opportunity to make a worldwide impact.  We are sharing scientific data, statistical analysis methods, clinical research protocol development and operation, and cross training of our scientific staff.

Our Priorities

Achieving our mission requires both careful planning and bold creativity, as well as equal measures of focus and flexibility to follow the science wherever it leads. Through our center-wide strategic planning process, we have identified the following research priorities:


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Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
and Immunotherapy

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Cancer Risk Factors, and Causes, Prevention and Outcomes

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Vaccine Development
and Virus-Associated Cancers

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Data-Driven Research and Treatment Approaches

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Tumor-Specific Translational Research

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Prevention, Screening, Early Diagnosis and Care in all Communities

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