As I reflect on my five years as president and director of this remarkable institution, I feel both humbled and gratified to have been in this place at this time. I know it is a rare thing to lead an enterprise where everybody comes to work, every day, trying to do the best they can to help people who have terrible diseases.
That is the soul of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and I am so pleased to complete my final year at the helm knowing we are in terrific shape.
From the beginning, I’ve tried to convey the sense of urgency I feel about our mission. I believe the most important actions Fred Hutch can take to speed scientific discovery is to foster our culture of team science and to bring together the smartest people to work in collaboration across specialties. This has been a hallmark of our prior success, and we have vigorously expanded upon that. Your support has been instrumental in pursuing this strategy.
From presenting our research at premiere scientific conferences to cycling across the Seattle area with a record number of participants in Obliteride to throwing out the first pitch at a Mariners game for the 100th birthday of our namesake, 2019 was packed with opportunities for us to engage with our community. We enjoy increasingly strong philanthropic support from our donors, drawing 63,000 donations from more than 39,000 donors in FY19, both new records.
Thousands of people participated in our events — scaling mountains, climbing stairs, pedaling across the Puget Sound, shredding the slopes and hitting the dance floor. And thousands more donated to our pioneering efforts though our campaigns, giving clubs and legacy programs to honor loved ones affected by cancer and other diseases. We also traveled the world to share our science with our peers and collaborate with others working on cancer, HIV and related diseases.
We participated in hundreds of events and conferences, and met with partners to build connections that can help bring cures to patients as quickly as possible. View all of our upcoming events.
From cancer therapies to fundamental science to public health, Fred Hutch scientists share a few predictions about the scientific trends, discoveries and breakthroughs they envision for next year.
Computational biologist and biophysicist
“We'll see an increased focus on using cancer genomics to inform precision medicine in real time, so that patient-care decisions can be made using the latest tools and analysis strategies."
Download a printable PDF of Fred Hutch’s 2019 Annual Report.